Are you ready for the 2018 fly season? We are here to help you understand and control your fly challenges.
Every once in a while you come across a product that makes you say "Why Didn't I Do This Before". For us, this is one of those products and we wanted to share it with you. We personally use them on our farm and it has helped tremendously. Let me tell you about them; I highly recommend you go to our partners at Spalding Labs and try these out for this summer's fly season. We found it much more effective than constantly using fly spray and we feel it was actually less expensive with far better results.
Your Fly Predators order will be handled and processed by our good friends at Spalding Labs and they will ship your Fly Predators directly to you.
You can read more, see their videos and run their wizard to determine how many you need; just click the links below to check them out. We highly recommend them and use them ourselves.
If you are sick and tired of nasty flies around your barn, on your horses, and inside the stalls and you are concerned with their ability to spread pink eye from one horse to another along with other health problems then these may be your best option. You are certainly better off by preventing them than trying to deal with them. We believe these Fly Predators do a better job and are actually less expensive than constantly trying to use pesticides and fly sprays. Let me introduce you to the Spalding Fly Predators.
A Smart, Economical Alternative to controlling your fly problems
This is a very simple program to use, you simply Visit Spalding Labs and put the number of animals you have into their wizard and click the box that says you currently do or do not have a fly problem. The wizard will calculate the number of Fly Predators you need -- and when you compare it to other options that you currently are using and probably not happy with, this is a great and economical option. The cost per animal is minimal while the resulting benefits are substantial. Often times, Fly Predators will actually cost less than your past fly control efforts! And here is the nice kicker being offered; order 5 monthly shipments and you will get the quantity of Fly Predators in one of those shipments doubled for free to give you extra protection during the peak season. Twice as many Fly Predators working for you helps insure control during the worst fly months.
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For best results you should start before the flies get bad, it's much easier to prevent them than to break a cycle that is already started... however, if you already have flies you can still get them under control; it just takes about a month longer and you'll need more fly predators to do it; but they aren't that expensive and you'll be so glad you did so don't delay, your horses, dogs, and everything being swarmed will be much happier! In a perfect plan, you would put them out just as the weather starts to turn warm. It only takes a few minutes to sprinkle Fly Predators out of their shipping bag and you would sprinkle them in the areas flies lay eggs; on manure and composting hay or wet moist areas of composting material. Our friends at Spalding Labs have a great video on this so check it out.
You also don't have to sprinkle them on every pile, focus on the areas your horse's and livestock go the most; Just
getting them close to these fly breeding areas is good enough, as they self distribute up to 100 feet away. After the first treatment you are on your way to controlling and stopping the hatching of new flies and since those current adult flies only live around a month and with no new flies being hatched you should see drops in populations. Then, continue to release Fly Predators monthly throughout the summer to stop the breeding of those piles you missed and to stop the eggs of those flies that came from your neighbors untreated property and you'll keep the fly population under control.
The tiny Fly Predators are the natural enemy of flies, but never bother people or animals. Unlike pesticide sprays that only affect adult flies, Fly Predators target the pest fly pupa (cocoon) stage, killing the immature flies before they can bother you and your animals and preventing them from reproducing. Many people say they hardly see a fly all season, and all without the use of any potentially harmful pesticides!
What are Fly Predators?
Fly Predators are the original method of fly control. They are nature's enemy of all common manure and rotting organic matter breeding pest flies, including the common house fly, horn fly, biting stable fly, and lesser house fly. In the natural environment, Fly Predators help control pest fly populations by destroying the next generation of flies in their immature pupa (cocoon) stage. Most locations normally have some of the species in Fly Predators already, but unless supplemented regularly, they cannot provide the nearly total fly suppression people prefer. Fly Predators are tiny, completely biteless, and stingless. They never become a pest themselves. After they've emerged, their only goal is to reproduce by finding pest fly pupa. Because of their small size and the fact they live their entire life cycle on or near manure (where the pest fly pupae is typically found), Fly Predators go virtually unnoticed.
Long Term Preventive Area Fly Control
Any location where flies breed in manure or decaying organic matter such as feeding areas with left over composting hay can benefit from using Fly Predators. Because flies reproduce nine times faster than Fly Predators do, adding supplemental Fly Predators every month during warm months keeps the population balanced for good fly control. If you release enough Fly Predators, they can control all the fly reproduction in the area. Effectively, you are treating your pasture, barn, and riding arena to remove flies instead of trying to treat your animals so they don't land on them.
This is an extremely easy process and takes only a few minutes each month! Just sprinkle Fly Predators out of their sealed see-through shipping pouch near all locations where you see fresh manure, composting hay or damp compost. Don't focus on where you see the adult flies now, focus on where the eggs are going to be to control the next generation from coming (moist manure, moist composting areas). In only a few minutes you've done your fly control for the month and are on your way to make a difference in controlling the population. So what will they look like when you get them? Fly Predators ship in the immature stage, inside a pupa (cocoon) which looks like a black rice kernel. A few days after arrival they'll begin to emerge and when you see around 12 or more hatched that's when you release them. Fly Predators will not fly to, crawl on or otherwise bother you.
While Fly Predators stop pest flies from reproducing, they do not affect existing adult flies. This is important for you to understand. You CAN NOT expect a fly free environment immediately following the first release if you start after flies are already present, it will take a month because the Adult pest flies must either live out their short 21 day life span or be removed by supplemental methods of fly control compatible with Fly Predators. These include traps, sticky paper, or bait. Complete instructions as well as a handy guide to controlling flies and other pesky flying insects found around animals are included with your first shipment.
In consulting with Spalding Labs and through their research it's been found that releasing Fly Predators every month provides excellent control for most horse situations. However, the number of Fly Predators needed varies not only with the number of horses, cows, dogs, goats, and pet pigs you may have, but also the size and condition of the property, the weather, the severity of the existing fly problem, and the number of neighboring animals within a 1/4 mile radius if those locations have poor fly control.
A pest fly can easily go 1/4 mile, sometimes much further. The best solution if your neighbor isn't using Fly Predators is to increase the quantity of animals you have when running the wizard as Spalding Labs so the calculated numbers are increased over what you need and then spread them along your fence line. Buying a few extra Fly Predators for their animals often costs remarkably little more.
Start Regular Releases Early
Keep in mind that it is much easier to PREVENT a buildup of pest flies than it is to get rid of them once they have multiplied to intolerable levels. It's best to start when the daytime highs reach 60 degrees F. This is BEFORE the first flies begin to appear. Then continue with Fly Predator shipments every month until the temperature drops down into the low 60's. If you start after the pest flies have built up to high levels, an initial shipment of two to three times the normal Fly Predator quantity will be needed to get control of the pest fly population as quickly as possible. But once you have them under control, you'll be able to keep them under control much easier year after year.
Helping Your Fly Predator Program
From the standpoint of fly control, the goal of good livestock manure management is to minimize the available suitable breeding area. Flies need a moist medium to successfully reproduce, so removing all horse manure quickly helps. If it can't be removed, putting it on a composting pile will raise the temperature of all but the outer few inches to reduce the breeding area. For the same reason, if you've had much more rain than normal, then additional Fly Predators may be required for a few shipments. In talking with Spalding Labs we understand the recommended quantities assume a reasonable job of manure management. If it's poor then more just order more Fly Predators. For livestock that is out to pasture over many acres or for severe fly problem situations, additional quantities likely will be needed; but to get the best bang for the dollar focus more on those areas they create the most waste. The nice thing is, once you've made your first order you can call Spalding labs and easily change the amount of future orders to adjust to what you feel is needed based on weather and observations.
A little more detail about Fly Predators and the reason these are better than others
Technically Fly Predators are tiny Hymenopteran insects of the Pteromalidae family, a family that contains many of the worlds beneficial insects. These are pupal parasitoids as they attack the pest fly's pupa stage (the cocoon that houses the pest fly during its metamorphosis from larva to full-sized adult). Fly Predators are sometimes referred to as parasitic wasps, but unlike other Hymenopteran insects, such as bees, wasps and ants, Fly Predators are completely biteless and stingless.
Currently the mixture of species marketed under the trade name Fly Predators include: Spalangia cameroni, Muscidifurax zaraptor, Trichomalopsis, Muscidifurax raptorellus and at times insignificant quantities of other fly parasitoid species. This balanced mix of multiple strains and guaranteed yield from the most advanced quality control techniques means you can always count on the best results with Spalding Fly Predators.
Fly Predators never become a pest themselves. Being passive insects, they do not crawl all over you when being handled, nor will they migrate into living quarters as pest flies do. Since Fly Predators live their entire life cycle on or near the surface of manure and other decaying organic matter, and because they are so small in size, they go virtually unnoticed.
When they are released near fly breeding sites, the female Fly Predator searches through the area seeking out the pest fly's pupa. After locating one, she drills a hole in the pupal case, inserts her ovipositor, and deposits from one to a dozen eggs inside. After her eggs are deposited, she obtains nourishment by ingesting the fluids of the developing pest fly egg. The female Fly Predator then moves on and repeats the process until all her eggs have been deposited.
The Fly Predator's eggs that were deposited inside the pest fly pupa will develop into mature adults within 14 to 28 days. The pest fly larva is consumed as a source of food by the developing Fly Predators. Immediately upon emergence the Fly Predators mate and start the cycle all over again. The life span of the female Fly Predator ranges from as little as two weeks to as long as one month. She will live just long enough to deposit all of her 50 to 100 eggs. When the pest fly's population is under control and only a few pest fly hosts are available, the female Fly Predator has the ability to reabsorb her eggs as a source of nourishment and thus is able to live up to a month while searching for pest fly pupae. At this point don't get confused, there will always be the need to put them out monthly as the number renewed are not enough to keep up the ability of the pest fly to reproduce without additional Fly Predators introduced which is why the monthly shipments are so nice to ensure you don't forget and let the fly cycle get out of control again.
As there is no known method of fly control that offers 100% eradication of pest flies, Fly Predators do not totally eliminate the fly problem, they minimize it. Also, Fly Predators usually only disperse themselves 150 feet from where they have emerged, whereas pest flies migrate much farther, which means there will always be some pest flies coming in from neighboring uncontrolled breeding areas. It is our experience that using Fly Predators is an affordable way to keep the populations on your property under control making it the best possible for your property.