Fly Control

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by Digby49, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. Digby49

    Digby49 Member

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    does anyone have any advice on an effective way to keep fly’s down around the pig pen , I did hang one of those bag traps with stinky water in it with out much luck . Trevor
     
  2. KSALguy

    KSALguy Lost in the Wiregrass Supporter

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    if the pigs dont eat them, muscoveys do a good job of eating flys, you would be surprised what some muscoveys can do to a fly population
     

  3. Digby49

    Digby49 Member

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    Interesting concept, but I don’t need anything more to feed just yet!
     
  4. agmantoo

    agmantoo agmantoo Supporter

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    If you have room to pasture the pigs the urine and manure will dry when exposed to the sun and will not promote flies. You need to eliminate the breeding conditions conducive to fly propogation.
     
  5. ladycat

    ladycat Chicken Mafioso Staff Member

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    See if your local feed store or farm supply has food grade Diatomaceous Earth. Price may vary, but around here it costs about $22-$25 for a 50# bag.

    Mix 1# DE per 50# bag of feed.

    This will almost eliminate odor, kill all the fly larvae as soon as it hatches in the manure, and worm the pigs too.

    It's completely non-toxic. It has about the same composition as sand. Read about it here:
    http://www.bio-ag.com/products/feedsupplements/diatomaceous.html

    Edited to add: after the fly problem is under control, you can cut back to a couple ounces DE per 50# bag feed to maintain control.
     
  6. Tango

    Tango Well-Known Member

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    I do as Ladycat suggested with smaller amounts of DE and also set ag lyme down. No fly problem and no odor problem.
     
  7. Digby49

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    Thank you Ladycat for what looks like the best way to go .Trevor