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September 16, 2007

Product Review - Fly Predators

I think every one of us who has mules and donkeys probably has been aggravated with flies constantly swarming around our barns in the summer time.

My barn is no exception. I've tried many kinds of flytraps, fly spray, fly masks, and still the flies congregate in seemingly overwhelming numbers around my barns.

So this year I decided to try something different. I ordered fly predators for the whole season from Spalding Labs. Fly predators are tiny bugs that lay their eggs in the fly larva. The predator eggs hatch and the predator larva kill the fly larva, thus reducing the fly population.

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I started releasing fly predators around April or so of this year, and have seen a noticeable reduction in the number of flies around my barns this summer! Where there used to be hoards of flies jostling around in the few shaded spots they could find, now there are a much smaller number. The flies are not completely gone yet, but are much fewer in numbers than past years. It makes for a much more comfortable summer for my donkeys and me!

I highly recommend using fly predators to help reduce flies around your barns! Here are a few sources that I found were they can be ordered:

Spalding Laboratories

Buglogical Control Systems

SmartPak Equine


Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com


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September 09, 2007

Montana Mule Days - Part 3

Here are some more photos that I got on Saturday and Sunday.

Here are some of the fancy teams and driving donkeys that went past our camp as they were getting ready for their big events.

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Saturday night after it got dark the Ch'Ears donkey group had a light parade again. I took my jennets Lily and Star in the light parade. They proudly wore brightly colored glowing chains that I got from the dollar store.

I also used this as an opportunity to teach Star how to pony along beside Lily. Both girls did great, and by the end of the parade Star had learned to walk right along beside Lily and not try to pull ahead or lag behind.

Saturday night it rained quite a bit, and things were a bit muddy Sunday morning. Here are a few photos that I got of the kids doing Junior Mule Team Gamblers Choice Obstacle Driving on Sunday morning.

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It was raining off and on all day Sunday, so we decided to end on a good note, scratch our last few classes, and pack up & head home early.

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We had a wonderful time at the show, and hope to see more of you there next year!

Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com

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