Liv’s Tip of the Month – Fly Control
There are two main things to know about fly control – first, know what types of flies you are targeting and second, you must attack all stages of the fly life cycle.
When you know if the flies are heat seekers, like horse flies, or smell seekers, like stable flies, you can create the best fly control program. The types of flies will also tell you about their environment. This enables you to start time turnouts and trim back scrub brush around creeks that flies like to live in.
Use fatty acid based sprays for biting flies that look for their meals with their noses. Confuse the sight oriented flies with zebra printed fly sheets.
Keep the manure picked from your horse’s area several times a day, use fans, and do your research about what types of flies you are battling.
Finally, keep notes from year to year on your management plan. BarnManager can help you do this – to sign up for a free trial click here!