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CloversMum Posted - Apr 04 2014 : 8:40:08 PM
Just asking what do others do to control flies? I realize that keeping a clean barn/stall/shelter is important; but, I still manage to get flies every year. Maybe I am missing something? I have used sticky strips in the past, and they help but not enough. I have been reading about "Fly Predators." Has anyone used these and did they work? These are USDA-approved insects are a natural enemy of flies, but never bother people or animals. Fly Predators lay eggs inside pest fly pupa, and the developing Fly Predators consume pest fly larva. You have to add new fly predators each month. Thoughts or advice?
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CloversMum Posted - Jun 15 2014 : 9:55:34 PM
Any favorite parts yet?
hudsonsinaf Posted - Jun 10 2014 : 10:04:29 AM
I have my order and am LOVING all of them!!!! What a blessing!
CloversMum Posted - Jun 04 2014 : 10:36:25 PM
The magazines are delightful! They are my treat I get at our local food co-op every other month. And, they are useful, inspiring, delight for the eyes, etc.
hudsonsinaf Posted - Jun 04 2014 : 10:48:53 AM
sounds perfect! thank you :)
maryjane Posted - Jun 04 2014 : 10:46:24 AM
The magazines I sent you will have sub cards in them, but first you'll get to see if it will be useful to you!
hudsonsinaf Posted - Jun 04 2014 : 10:22:09 AM
Oh thank you so much!!!!!! How would I go about getting a subscription, or can I not do that? Do I need to just buy them every month? I haven't seen them carried around here, so I will have to find them!
maryjane Posted - Jun 04 2014 : 09:02:13 AM
I was in our shipping facility this morning signing books (that my husband will ship out later today) when I saw your order come through so I tossed in some back issues of my magazine. Enjoy!!!!
hudsonsinaf Posted - Jun 04 2014 : 07:49:44 AM
I have ordered a copy of Milk Cow Kitchen - looking forward to receiving it!
hudsonsinaf Posted - Jun 03 2014 : 10:05:17 AM
Hahahahahaha! I e-mailed Brian, so I will hopefully hear back from him soon and then I'll order your book :)
maryjane Posted - Jun 03 2014 : 09:20:56 AM
Yes, there is a book for all this ... mine:)! Milk Cow Kitchen.
hudsonsinaf Posted - Jun 03 2014 : 09:04:23 AM
May I ask what is in your homemade fly spray? I have to believe there are some herbs and/or essential oils that help with the issue, but I'm not sure which ones are safe for cows or other farm critters. Is there a book out there on such topics?
CloversMum Posted - Apr 07 2014 : 1:16:56 PM
Great to know! I am ordering my fly predators this week... Hopefully, I'm not too late since it is already a week into April. Thank you!
maryjane Posted - Apr 07 2014 : 08:13:13 AM
Every year we order routine shipments of fly predators. The first shipment arrives in April for our area. These REALLY work for annoying "house flies" but not for the type of biting flies that bother cattle. You can sign up for shipments at Because we have an on-site food packaging facility, we love the way the fly predators make it so we have almost none of the annoying house flies we're all so familiar with.

For the great big biting flies, I make a non-toxic homemade fly spray that I dispense daily onto the backs and sides of my cows using a backpack sprayer. But they still get some of the tiny little biting flies on them during the peak of fly season (my homemade spray helps immensely but not entirely). I noticed that has PyGanic Organic Livestock & Poultry Insecticide Concentrate that is approved for Organic Agriculture and is OMRI certified. It contains pyrethrins from Chrysanthemums and is toxic to fish so it can't end up in our waterways. Check it out. I haven't tried it.