Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Shoo Fly! Don't Bother Me!

When raising poultry, or any barnyard animal for that matter, flies can be very frustrating! They are hard to get rid of, are a nuisance and most products on the market to get rid of them either smell or leave a disgusting mess of dead fly bodies for you to dispose of. YUCK and no thank you!

Fly Predator by Spaulding Labs was recommended to me about a year and a half ago by a friend when I was frustrated with the amount of flies on our property due to our poultry. I tried it for a season and I am hooked! There is no turning pesticides, no smelly fly traps and sticky tapes filled with dead flies. Fly Predator is a parasitoid that you receive in a pouch in the mail once a month, for a very reasonable cost (about $20 a month for me), and release into your yard to control your fly population. For more info on exactly what it is and how it works Click Here! Will it make your yard 100% fly free, heck no nothing can. It will control the population making those flys that are there barely noticeable.

Here is how I use it~

I buy these tiny metal buckets in the $1 section at Target.

Fly Predator arrives in a pouch like this. On occasion the little bugs will have already emerged when they arrive, but usually you will need to let it sit in a warm spot for a day or two unopened before you see them

This is what they look like in the pouch. the brown things are the pods the predators will emerge from

I take the handle off the buckets and screw them into the fence posts around the runs and goat pens

Pour a little bit of the predator pods and shavings into each bucket

In the buckets the predator is safe from chickens eating them and safe from the wind. Now you just sit back and let them do the work. :)

1 comment:

  1. That is such a great idea! I never thought of this. Thanks for the post!