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5 Tips for Fly Control in Your Stables

Flies are a nuisance around your horses and stables. Follow these tips to help keep flies away from your stables and barns.
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    Know the Facts About Flies

    Nothing makes a visit to your stable less pleasant than hordes of flies. Flies are bothersome to you, your family and neighbors, as well as an irritating nuisance to your horses. They cause stress by feeding on the secretions from horses’ eyes. A horse who is constantly stomping due to flies can also suffer arthritis or ringbone. Even worse, flies can transmit pathogens that cause intestinal disorders, salmonella, equine infectious anemia, influenza and eye infections.*

     

    Flies can lay hundreds of eggs every few days, so a fly problem left unchecked could escalate quickly. But by taking the proper steps for fly control, you can help ensure these beautiful and majestic creatures stay free from irritation — and make your time together more enjoyable.

     

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

     
     
     

    *Harrison A. Defeat the enemy: fly control options for horse and barn. Equisearch website. Available at: http://www.equisearch.com/farm_ranch/pest_fly_control/defeat_the_enemy_042509/3/. Accessed May 29, 2013.

     

    Date Published: July 17, 2013
    Date Updated: April 21, 2015
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    Establish a Cleaning Routine

    Flies are attracted to filth. Any kind of moist organic material, such as hay, leaves or straw, is an ideal place for flies to lay their eggs. The odor from open feed containers or feed that has been spilled can also attract flies. Establishing a routine to keep your stable as clean as possible will help keep fly populations under control.

     

     

     

    Cleaning Tips

    • Clean up hay, leaves, straw or other organic materials
    • If you have multiple horses, clean in the places where they congregate, such as water troughs and shaded areas
    • Muck out stalls
    • Promptly clean up spilled feed
    • Make sure any containers with horse feed are sealed tightly to prevent odors
    • Use an odor control solution or stable disinfectant between bedding changes 

     

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

     

    Date Published: July 17, 2013
    Date Updated: April 21, 2015
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    Practice Good Manure Management

     

    One of the most important aspects of cleaning your stable is dealing properly with manure. This is true even for very small stables, since a single horse can produce eight to ten tons of manure a year.**  Manure is an ideal breeding spot for flies. Flies deposit their eggs in the manure, where they develop first into larvae and then adult flies that pester your horses.

    If you have a sizeable area of land, manure can be spread thinly across the area, as long as it is kept clear from streams, irrigation ditches or other water sources to reduce chances of contamination. Large clumps of manure are more prone to becoming hot spots for fly development, and manure with high moisture content is also more desirable as a fly breeding ground. Be sure to watch out for areas of standing water on your property.

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

     

    **Hudson L. (1994). Manure management. Clemson University Cooperative Extension website. Available at: http://virtual.clemson.edu/groups/psapublishing/Pages/ADVS/LL53.pdf. Accessed May 29, 2013.z

    Date Published: July 17, 2013
    Date Updated: April 21, 2015
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    Get the Most out of Your Compost

     

    Composting is an excellent option for managing manure and controlling fly populations. There are many benefits to composting:

    • Eliminates fly breeding grounds
    • Produces heat that kills parasite eggs
    • Reduces odors
    • Creates organic material for fertilizing soil

    Compost bins are available ready-made in a nearly endless variety of styles and materials to suit your space constraints and budget. If you prefer to build your own, visit the USDA National Resources Conservation Service website at www.nrcs.usda.gov for complete instructions.

    Some general composting tips:

    • Compost bins should be covered to control moisture.
    • Turn the compost frequently, rotating the manure from the outside of the pile into the center. This assists in the compost’s ability to emit heat.
    • Compost can take from one to five months to be ready for use as a rich, nutrient-packed fertilizer.
    • Use compost in your garden, houseplants or pastures, or give it away to neighbors. It’s a great way to turn this less desirable aspect of owning horses into a benefit you and your neighbors can enjoy.

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

    Date Published: July 17, 2013
    Date Updated: April 21, 2015
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    Choose a Fast-Acting Insecticide Bait

     

    Along with proper cleaning and manure management, using an insecticide bait is a great way to manage fly populations. Every minute flies are in your stable is another minute of potential irritation for your horses. QuickBayt® Fly Bait is an effective insecticide bait choice, because it starts killing nuisance flies in as little as 60 seconds.*** You can use QuickBayt® Fly Bait as a scatter bait, in bait stations or as a paint-on.

    Insecticide bait should be scattered onto dry, level surfaces, along stall walls and sides of the barn. Scatter in areas where flies congregate or around compost piles. Flies prefer warm, still areas for resting, so avoid windy or cooler sites. Make sure not to place the bait in areas accessible to children, the horses or other pets. You can reduce the risk of exposure by purchasing a fly bait station. Fly bait stations are specifically designed to hold scatter bait and are available in a variety of styles to address your particular needs.

     

     

    ***Nipcam Study, QuickBayt Technical Information Manual, December 2012.

    Date Published: July 17, 2013
    Date Updated: April 21, 2015
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    Learn More

     

    With these five easy tips in hand, you are well on your way to making your stable a more pleasant place for you and your horses. To learn more about using QuickBayt® Fly Bait fly control, and for retail locations, visit QuickBayt.com.

     

     

     

     

    QuickBayt® Fly Bait:

    • Starts killing nuisance flies in as little as 60 seconds***
    • Its red pellets contain two fly attractants to lure flies
    • Fast-acting, effective, convenient and versatile
    • Contains Bitrex®, a bitter substance to help prevent accidental ingestion by children and animals
    • Ready to use as scatter bait, but also easy to use in bait stations or as a paint-on
    • Use indoors or outdoors
    • Available in 350 g shaker can or 5 lb pail

     

    See the product label for complete product information and application instructions.

     

     

     

    ***Nipcam Study, QuickBayt Technical Information Manual, December 2012.

     

     

     

    ©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.

     

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    Date Published: July 17, 2013
    Date Updated: April 21, 2015

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