Now is the time to think about your summer fly control. Flies normally begin showing up in spring when average daily temperatures reach above 65º F for a period of two weeks. As the weather gets warmer in the summer months the flies seem to get worse. They remain a nuisance up until cool weather in late fall or early winter. Here are four quick tips to help you develop an integrated management program for controlling flies in your operation.
- Clean and remove fly breeding media in confined areas.
- Routinely spray to kill flies in shelter and shade areas.
- Control adult flies on animals by using pour-on, spray-on, or rub-on insecticides, insecticide dust, or ear tags.
- Use feed or supplemental mineral products containing an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). This type of feed additive passes through an animal’s digestive system relatively unchanged. It remains effective in the manure, where it stops the development of flies before they emerge as adult flies.
Start your animals on fly-control feed and supplemental mineral products, which work best if they are fed in spring prior to the appearance of flies. and continued until cold weather restricts fly activity in late fall. At Smith Farm Supply we offer various pour-on and mixes to help control flies. IGR ear tags are also stocked. For horses, see our selection of fly sprays and feed through fly control pellets. Stop by one of our locations to find the best fly control products for your animals. After all, fewer flies means happy healthy animals.
At Smith Farm Supply, we have a large variety of fly-control products for cattle, equine, poultry, etc. Stop in today and learn more about these products and summer fly control tips.