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5 Tips for Fly Control in Your Chicken Coop

Flies are a nuisance around your chicken coop. Follow these tips to help keep flies away from your chickens.
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    Flies are More Than a Nuisance

     

    We all know it — flies are a nuisance. They make visits to your coop unpleasant and irritate neighbors and family members. But the fact is, flies are much more than just a nuisance. Flies can carry organisms like Salmonella and E. coli. that may cause disease in poultry — and in humans!*

     

    The house fly is one of the main disease-carrying species. Female house flies lay hundreds of eggs every 3-4 days, so a fly problem left unchecked can quickly escalate. Flies tend to rest on surfaces such as walls, posts and ceilings that are difficult to reach. Treating for flies can be a challenge, but the following tips can help you keep disease out of your flock — and make your coop a more pleasant place to be in the process!

     

    Keep reading for other tips or get more information about fly control.

     

    *Loftin KM, Hopkins JD, Steelman CD. Biology and control of flies in poultry facilities. The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service website. Available at: http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-7063.pdf. Accessed May 20, 2013.

    Date Published: June 19, 2013
    Date Updated: April 8, 2014
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    Cleanliness is Key

     

    The first and most important part of fly control is keeping things as clean as possible. Flies are attracted to filth. Your coop or outdoor area where chickens are kept should be cleaned weekly, or more often if needed. To make the cleaning task less arduous, you can use tools like droppings boards that collect manure and keep bedding cleaner, or removable roosts that are easier to clean thoroughly. A full coop cleaning once a year is recommended, as well as regular cleaning and disinfecting of feeders, waterers, troughs, perches and nests. It is also important to use a dust mask while cleaning to protect yourself from harmful inhalation of dried chicken manure.

    Keep reading for other tips or get more information about fly control

    Date Published: June 19, 2013
    Date Updated: April 8, 2014
  • Provided by Bayer Animal Health

    Practice Good Manure Management

     

    Even for small coops, manure management is an important step for fly control, especially since manure is actually a home for flies in the larval stages of development. One way to help control manure is to pasture your chickens. This can involve using a movable shelter and changing its placement once manure begins to build. Pasturing has several benefits, including less cleaning time, fresh grazing space for the birds and fertilizer for your yard. In confined spaces, you can also try composting to help cut down on harmful bacteria in the manure. Composting can be done outside of the coop, or directly in the bedding by adding a few inches of bedding at a time. Composting also can attract fly predators, making it an even more helpful method of fly control.

    Keep reading for other tips or get more information about fly control

    Date Published: June 19, 2013
    Date Updated: April 8, 2014
  • Provided by Bayer Animal Health

    Ensure your coop is properly ventilated

     

    You should always make sure your birds have clean drinking water to prevent dysentery. However, damp housing areas that are not ventilated well can contribute to a higher moisture content in manure. Damp manure can be more attractive to flies, so take steps to ensure that any moisture in the area drains away from your coop.

     

    Proper ventilation also helps ensure the coop temperature is not too high. Chickens exposed to high temperatures can suffer heat stress and other complications. The combination of damp manure and a lack of ventilation can cause a build-up of ammonia in your coop, potentially leading to respiratory problems. Apart from keeping your chickens healthy, practicing good ventilation and monitoring water in your coop can help keep fly populations down.

    Keep reading for other tips or get more information about fly control

    Date Published: June 19, 2013
    Date Updated: April 8, 2014
  • Provided by Bayer Animal Health

    Not All Insecticides Are The Same

     

    Using an insecticide is an excellent choice for quick, reliable fly control. However, not all insecticides provide the same benefits, so it’s important to know what to look for. An insecticide spray is easy to apply, since it can reach places like walls and ceilings that conventional granular baits cannot. QuickBayt® Spot Spray is an effective insecticide spray choice because it is easy to apply, quickly kills nuisance flies, and can last up to six weeks indoors unless the bait is completely consumed.

     

    To apply an insecticide spray, dilute the product according to label indications and spray strategically on fly-resting areas: on walls, around windows, on surfaces of pillars and other structures, etc. An effective spot size is 4 sq ft. Spray coverage until the product begins to run. For best results, make a number of spot sprays throughout the coop area.

    Date Published: June 19, 2013
    Date Updated: April 8, 2014
  • Provided by Bayer Animal Health

    Learn More

     

    With these five easy tips in hand, you are well on your way to making your coop a more enjoyable place to spend time visiting your flock. To learn more about using QuickBayt® Spot Spray fly control, and for retail locations, visit QuickBayt.com.

     

     

     

     

     

    QuickBayt® Spot Spray:

    • Easy to apply
    • Spray on a variety of surfaces such as walls, posts, beams, ceilings and other areas where flies tend to rest
    • Best results occur when the product is applied to many locations in or around the facility
    • Quick-acting and long-lasting control
    • Contains two attractants: muscalure and flavoring agent that flies can’t resist
    • Contains Bitrex®, a bitter substance to help prevent accidental ingestion by children and animals

     

    QuickBayt® Spot Spray is for premise use only. For complete product information and application instructions see the product label.

     

    ©2013 Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201

    Bayer, the Bayer Cross and QuickBayt are registered trademarks of Bayer. Bitrex is a registered trademark of Johnson Matthey PLC.

     

    LIT CODE

    Q131281

    Date Published: June 19, 2013
    Date Updated: April 8, 2014

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