Parasitic Wasps for Fly Control

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  1. rzrubek

    rzrubek Flying Z

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    Hi, does anyone have any experience or know about using parasitic wasps for fly control with rabbits? Here in the desert of AZ we don't have a true winter so we have a fly problem year round. I have also thought about using a "bug zapper" as the flys seem to really be attracted to the flourescent lights. Any thoughts? Thanks, Randy
     
  2. Rancher

    Rancher Well-Known Member

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    Here in Louisiana we also have a fly problem. We use fly strips and a bug light. Seems to work ok for now.
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  3. rzrubek

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    Thanks for the reply Rancher, I think i'll get a bug light and put it on a timer so its on when my main lights are off. I did some research on the Parasitic wasps and it seems you have to maintain a population of fly larvae to keep the wasps going wich is not what we want to do. Randy
     
  4. cowboy joe

    cowboy joe Hired Hand

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    I've used the parasitic wasp in the manure pile when I had horses. They work well but you do need to re-populate with a fresh batch every so often. I also put up the big fly strips over the stalls. In New York, the flies are only a problem from late spring to early fall so new wasp were added in May and July. Suppose the warmer areas would need to obtain the wasp more frequently.