Fly infestations are commonplace at facilities rearing and caring for livestock.
Flies do not choose their species, with cattle and dairy farming having just as many challenges as poultry farms and horse stables.
Animals, their waste and foodstuffs are attractive to many fly species and pest management is needed to keep the livestock healthy and in prime condition.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is becoming standard practice for commercial growers and there is no reason why this methodology should not be practiced in stables and animal rearing facilities. IPM, in this context, involves combining a variety of strategies to manage fly pests and optimise animal health.
It is well understood that pervasive use of pesticides causes more harm than good. The hazardous nature of pesticides was first brought to our attention by Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" in 1962 and since then many pesticides have been withdrawn from the market after their toxic effects to humans and animals were proven.
In a well-manged IPM plan, pesticides do have a role to play but should only be considered once a pest population increases beyond a tolerated level. When considering using pesticides, proper placement, accurate timing, and use of effective application methods will save time and money and more effectively control the pest.
One of our solutions, the highly effective Fly Line, a simple solution to control the environment without having to resort to harmful pesticides.
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Examples of flies:
Haematobia irritans - Horn Fly
Stomoxys calcitrans - Stable fly, barn fly, biting house fly, dog fly, or power mower fly. Unlike most members of the family Muscidae, Stomoxys calcitrans and others of its genus suck blood from mammals.
Musca autumnalis - Face fly or autumn housefly, is a pest of cattle and horses.
Cochliomyia hominivorax New World screw-worm fly, or screw-worm for short, is a species of parasitic fly that is well known for the way in which its larvae eat the living tissue of warm-blooded animals. It is present in the New World tropics
Dermatobia hominis - Human botfly, is one of several species of flies, the larvae of which parasitise humans. It is also known as the torsalo or American warble fly, though the warble fly is in the genus Hypoderma and not Dermatobia and is a parasite on cattle and deer instead of humans
Horse Flies - True flies in the family Tabanidae in the insect order Diptera