Fly parasites???

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  1. DayBird

    DayBird Big Bird

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    Anyone use fly parasites? The wasps or the nematodes? I'm going to try DE in the feed but am wondering about releasing some parasites.

    Which ones do you use and where do you purchase them?
     
  2. BaronsMom

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    Love beneficial organisms, but wouldn't pay for parasites of flies. Best to just remove manure and breeding sites. (Your helpful parasites that you spent $$$ for will most likely "leave" and you are still stuck with pesky flies
     

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    They worked very well for us last year and I've ordered more this year. We started in mid-summer because the flies were getting bad. Within a month of putting out the fly predators, we had very few flies. So we're starting early this year. They are kind of pricey though, but they work. And better then sprays and nasty insecticide dust.

    As for "removing the manure", that's a little hard to keep up with free-range chickens.

    We get ours from www.spalding-labs.com. If you order from them and if you think of it, you can tell them I referred you. I think one of us gets a bonus or discount or something. My account is under junkmail@hurryburry.com.
     
  4. farmerdan

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    I used the fly parasites from Spaulding last year too. They do make a big difference. I think it's well worth the cost.
     
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    We buy from Spalding Labs as well (they're in CA) - my mom next door gets them for her 30+ horse boarding operations, plus there's all my sheep & chickens. They definitely work! They also sell something that eats fleas.
     
  6. BaronsMom

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    Contact your local University extension specialist for their opinion on the fly parasites before spending a lot of $
     
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    It's hard to remove little goat berries off of 5 acres. The chickens are on deep litter with it going to the compost pile several times a year. But still there are many, many flies. I don't so much mind the ones outside, it's the ones in the house that bother me. Both boys are armed with swatters and they make a game of killing the fly. I cannot spray for fear of harming our parrots. I give DE to the poultry and the goats and have traps hanging for the flies but still need something more.

    I'll check on spalding labs.
    Thanks.
     
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    We have a parrot too. :)
    We have used something good in the house in the past. It's a white plastic thing with yellow inside the plastic housing. The yellow thing is poison to the flies. They eat it and die. You're not supposed to use it near food prep areas, but it doesn't give off any fumes. The recommend them for garages, basements, etc. But I used them in areas of the house that were away from the kitchen. I hate flies.