Flies are pests that can quickly spread disease from animal to animal or even have a negative effect on your farm’s produce if left to roam. Controlling flies on your farm is a vital step in ensuring proper farm health. To control the fly population on your farm, you’ll have to have the right tools in your collection.
Methods for controlling flies on your farm
There are several ways to control the files that you’ll commonly come across on your farm:
- Fly traps – traps are great for catching standard flies such as stable flies and house flies.
- Fly predators – these are a completely non-toxic fly trap which is great for farms that have a large number of animals or livestock.
- Sticky fly traps and tapes – these can be hung inside your farm, specifically within your barn, but you may also end up catching small birds, bats and other insects; which means you’ll need to be a bit more careful when using them.
- Fly sprays – these provide a quick solution to getting rid of flies and other insects within your farm.
Things to remember about flies and fly-control methods
Bear in mind that any insecticide that you use which is made to kill flies may also kill your fly predators (other animals or insects on your farm which naturally dispose of flies for you by eating them).
You may find that you need to use various products throughout the fly season, especially in summer, when flies will be at their highest count. As well as the products you can purchase to control flies in and around your farm, you can also take several other steps to create a fly-free environment.
Steps to control flies
Flies need warm, moist areas to breed. By removing all decaying vegetation from your farm, you’ll make it so flies are less likely to seek out your farm to make their home.
Ensure that the heat of your compost pile is kept as high as possible to make it not able to be lived in. You can do this by keeping it piled vertically, rather than spreading the compost horizontally.
You can remove fly resting and nesting areas from your farm by keeping your grass cut short and keeping weeds out of your barns and fields. Drainage problems on your farm can also cause issues.
Make sure that you clean any areas where your animals are as frequently as possible. Areas where there is old feed attract flies because they use the decaying food as nutrients and a potential breeding area for them. You should pay particular attention to areas where your horses are during the day and night, as these will be ripe with things that flies will flock towards. Certain types of flies are attracted to odour rather than warmth, so you should take this into account as well.
Flies can easily spread disease around your farm, and they can cause ill health in your animals as well as contamination throughout your land.