Do I have your attention? Years ago a friend introduced me to this method of fly control in the barn. Here is my August shipment.
Every month I get at least 10,000 of these little bugs in a package. When they arrive they look like this.
As you can see they’re packed in wood shavings and as they warm up they come alive! Tiny little bugs hatching from the larvae you see as black pellets in this picture. These little bugs eat fly larvae in the manure in the barn. In July, the hottest most humid month I get 25-50,000 predators. As soon as the larvae become active I sprinkle them in the manure.
I’ve been using this method of fly control for quite a few years now and we do not have very many flies here on the farm. The flies also bite and bother the goats which I hate. Here is the back of the package.
Continued use is key with this method and it costs about $100 for the season. Each month I get a shipment automatically and I try to put them out at night so the chickens don’t eat all of them before they’ve done their job. The chickens see them as tasty morsels – ha!
Moe is visiting for 10 days while her dad is hiking in Estes Park, CO. Hazel loves having Moe stay with us – they play fight and “rassle” many times a day. Moe also likes to retrieve the ball but doesn’t like to bring it back so we always have to play with 2 balls. Just look at this sweet face!
She also likes to sleep on the back of the couch.
Please tell me if you use fly predators or have ever heard of it – does it work for you and what type of livestock do you keep.
Reed and I are having another adventure day this Thursday – watch for the story!