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The Flies!!!!

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  • The Flies!!!!

    Our new farm, in Central Virginia, is quite swampy. We have a creek running through the middle and a creek in the back. The flies are TERRIBLE. Of course, my manure pile doesn't help. My husband is going to start removing it more frequently. The back of the property seems to be worse than the front, as the back is more wet.

    Thinking of fly control, or ways to help with flies and bugs, what has worked for you? Fly predators? Premise spray? In stall/in barn fly systems? Which ones? I take extra care to pick paddocks daily and clean stalls well. The horses are fly sprayed when turned out and wear fly masks.


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    I use the stinky fly traps from Tractor Supply. I had two of them up and have already replaced them once. I'm getting very few flies now with the new traps but I'm sure that will change if it ever gets warm and sunny again! I've tried fly predators and the fly traps work better and are less expensive. The ones I use are Captivators. They have the bait inside and you just add water.


    • #3
      I recommend fly predators. This late in the year, it may take some time for them to work, but they do work. If the problem area is more the rear of your property deposit most of them there. Move a pile of manure where you want to deposit them if need be. You can find more tips on the Spalding web site.

      I'd use those in conjunction with traditional fly traps near your barn/sheds like imaginique mentioned. Some years you just have to battle on all fronts!
      ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


      • #4
        I do fly predators and paddock picking. Plus fly masks, and fans in the run in shed. We have a great draining property in Northern Va... but flies are crummy this year already.

        One thing about fly predators and systems or fly spray. Be careful to not put your predators out in your stalls if you have a fly control system. I avoid spreading them in any area I groom and fly spray as well. You will end up accidentally killing your predators. I primarily spread mine near my run in shed, and on my manure pile.

        I’m going to order a stinky fly trap as well... it just seems like a tough year already!


        • #5
          I have the stinky fly traps up + fans. For me, the manure isn't the biggest problem, although I do try to pick manure around the barn daily. I have two seniors who like to paint their stalls with their soupy senior feed and the flies go crazy over it! I'm trying to get that problem in check. Right now, I'm removing the feeders and rinsing them when they are done, then trying to wipe/sweep/rake up what they drop everywhere. Then I give the whole area a spritz with vinegar.
          Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


          • #6
            My new obsession is the Shoo Fly Leggins. They are amazing! Our whole barn is slowly converting over to them. No stomping. Horses seem more comfortable in general.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Jo View Post
              My new obsession is the Shoo Fly Leggins. They are amazing! Our whole barn is slowly converting over to them. No stomping. Horses seem more comfortable in general.
              I use those too! Love them!
              Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO