Natural Fly Control



A serious drawback to raising livestock or owning animals are the appearance of flies. The habits of flies favor the spread of bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Flies often feed and lay eggs on garbage, manure and carrion before contaminating human foods and food preparation surfaces by landing on them. When feeding, house flies regurgitate their stomach contents onto food to liquefy it before ingesting it. They also may contaminate food and surfaces by defecating on them. Other species will bite humans/animals.
HOSTS: Pest flies are found commonly in all areas. Species differentiate between regions.

SYMPTOMS: A female house fly will lay up to 900 eggs in her lifetime, usually in groups of 75 to 100 in a batch. The batches are placed in moist, filthy locations, ideally human or animal waste, kitchen waste and compost piles. The eggs must stay moist and somewhat warm to hatch. The eggs are small, oval-shaped and whitish in color. Seeing clusters of these tiny eggs in your home may not mean infestation, but it will after they hatch and pupate.Maggots are small, white, worm-like larval flies. They are often found in the places they were hatched: warm, moist, filthy places, so they can feed off the material within that location. Maggots will readily feed off nutrient-rich sources, such as manure. The higher the nutrient value the less they need.

Upon the completion of the larval stage (four to 37 days), in which the maggot will go through three instars, they will find a dry, cool place to form their pupal cocoons. They will travel up to 50 to 150 feet to find a suitable location. If they were laid as eggs within your home, they will most likely pupate within the home. Pupation requires two to 27 days. Pupation cocoons could be yellow or black, depending on the age of the pupae.Seeing one or two flies does not constitute an infestation; however, seeing several flies, particularly at one time, may be of greater concern. Upon hatching from their pupal cocoons, flies will dry for about one hour. Pupae that have been in your home will often hatch from these cocoons at the same time, causing an infestation of your home. Adults typically live 15 to 25 days, but have been known to live as long as two months. The cycle will keep repeating unless the flies are removed, along with eggs, maggots and ideal breeding locations.

FLY CONTROL:  The first and most important step for natural fly control is manure management. Once you have removed excess manure from the treatment area. Follow this step with the introduction of beneficial insects to the treatment area. There are many products to control flies but the best solution are to introduce the flies natural predator into your home or pasture. Muscidifurax raptorellus, aka "fly predators" are tiny parasitic wasps that parasitize flies during their formation in the pupae stage. The eggs of the parasitic wasps are laid inside the flies pupae and the developing flies provide food from within for the young wasps. Parasitic wasps do not bite, sting, swarm or bother anything else, humans or animals included. Parasitic wasps are nocturnal and are rarely seen during the day. They operate to a depth of 8 inches in the manure, homing in with their biological radar on fly larvae that are about to pupate. You may also use electrified bug swatters or fly traps to eradicate adult flies.

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