Flies are driving me crazy!

Discussion in 'Parasites, Pests, & Predators' started by Snyburg, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Snyburg

    Snyburg New Member

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    I know flies come with life and have their uses but they are driving me nuts! :p I also don't want it to get so bad that the neighbors are bothered too. Does anyone know of a safe (non chemical) way to keep the fly population down in my chicken yard? I clean almost every day and the flies are in the yard not the coop.
    I am gleaning a lot of helpful information from all of you! Thank you so much. :)
     
  2. doug

    doug New Member

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  3. Snyburg

    Snyburg New Member

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    Thanks!

    I am willing to give it a try!
     
  4. markfredrick

    markfredrick Junior Member

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    go to tractor suppy TSC. get a fly trap plastic bottle with black lid that pops up.about $5. use the supplied phermone. add water. put in sun on ground. catch MILLIONS of flies. bury them around garden?pasture?reset trap!! or use a farnam fly terminator trap, or "Big stinky" brand trap. they all work around chickens, cows, dogs!! couldn't survive without them around here!!
     
  5. castillofa

    castillofa New Member

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    Flies are something irrating, I agree. What I've done is use Sweets PDZ, http://sweetpdz.com/, around the coop and run. I will sprinkle some under the birds' favorite roosting spots. I helps with the odor as well. I agree with Mark on the plastic fly traps, they do work well. Good luck.
     
  6. Roslyn

    Roslyn A Round American Woman

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    Ducks. Ducks will spend most of the day eating the flies.
     
  7. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    This is our first year using ... Fly Predators ... :D

    I have found no down side yet !
     
  8. orna

    orna New Member

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    Diomacetous Earth - everywhere! lol In the coop, all over the run......
    Works like a charm here.
     
  9. Elkie1

    Elkie1 Rookie Chicken Wrangler

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    I also use Fly Predators. They are great! They eat fly larvae and don't bother people or animals. I get mine from Spalding Labs.
    http://www.spalding-labs.com

    If you have dogs, horses, cattle, goats or if your neighbor does, I highly recommend them. Have used them for many fly seasons!
     
  10. anderson8505

    anderson8505 New Member

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    $20 Stinger bug zapper at Wal Mart has helped my fly problem. Follow directions.
     
  11. ThreeJ

    ThreeJ New Member

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    I just sprayed 48 gallons of sevin today, mine is mostly a tick problem. Two of my kids have had ticks on them and I had 2 on me. This is all in a period of 3 days. I didn't spray by the chickens, just the rest of the yard.
    If it kills any deer flies around here then it was well worth it. All these ticks around here this year, cant take the risk of anybody getting lyme disease. I have never seen this many in a short time.
     
  12. TajMaCluckCoop

    TajMaCluckCoop Not so Junior-Junior Member

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    Thanks for the link. I have never heard of these before. A bit too expensive of me as I only have 12 chickens and the minimum order seems to be about $55 a year. But if I had more animals, or more flies, it would be worth it!
     
  13. Snyburg

    Snyburg New Member

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    Thanks for all the suggestions! I will be looking into them! I knew I'd find good help on here. :)