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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.


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

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at September 16, 2007 12:52 PM