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Pig flies
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CountryMaritimer    Posted 07-07-2004 at 05:41:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have two pigs and their mess is attracting a lot of flies. I clean out their pen regularly but it is not enough. The ground is saturated with pee and poo and flies. Is their anything I can spread to kill larvae and hence the flies? I was thinking lime but am not sure if that would work. I am trying to me organic so refuse to use insecticide. Thanks for the advice.

MJ in SC    Posted 07-07-2004 at 06:49:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
HA HA! I was sure shocked! I was expecting a story about a pig flying!

I've seen some fly traps that are the jar type that some locals swear by. I know that American Livestock Supply has a trap 'n toss fly trap by Farnam on special. It holds over 10,000 flies and does not use insecticides. They're only 3.52 ea. (Just got a flier a few days ago!) I'm all for organic myself. Sounds like the problem maybe be too much organic fertilizer!

Good friends of mine growing up in Ohio has a LARGE hog farm and they didn't much problem with flies. They did have cement floors in the hoghouse, and lots and lots of room for the hogs. They said that too many in the area was just too much trouble. Maybe need to add some room? The cement is easier to keep clean if these pigs are housed totally indoors. They did muck out the hoghouse atleast twice a day...morning and night and replaced the old bedding with sawdust (free from the local sawmill just for the takin'!) and fresh hay. The hogs that were outside were a little messier, but they still kept them pretty clean by clearing out debris as needed and installing french drains around the yards.

Worst day of their lives was the day the hog barn caught on fire! It was AWFUL!!! Not only that but their family dog got run over by the fire trucks! That was a tough time for the family. Won't ever forget my friend Chistina (we were 13 or so) sobbing and sobbing because her brother had gone into the barn to release pens and had to come out because the firefighters wouldn't let him was for his safety, but sure broke their hearts. They lost over 100 head. They rebuilt and continued to hog farm....may even be doing so today!

Hope you can get this fly problem under some control. Good Luck! :0)

eg    Posted 07-07-2004 at 06:41:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

clean, clean and clean!

Ron/PA    Posted 07-07-2004 at 06:21:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
When you say you clean regularly, how often is that? I find that once a day isn't always enough.
Having a dirt floor makes it worse. I'd clean it down to bare dirt. Apply a heavy layer of lime, then a heavy layer of straw or hay. Clean it daily and watch the dirt, see how much fly activity is taking place there, if you can see much keep laying the lime, and always keep a fresh layer of dry straw or hay. I'm not real big on lime in a dirt floor pig pen due to the rooting habits of hogs, but since you are trying to stay organic, this may be one of the few choices that I'm aware of.
There are some large fly paper systems that are in use in organic operations, they are about 6" wide and are on 2 rollers, you string it the length of your pen, and as it fills up, you turn the crank, roll up the dead flies and bring out new paper. When it's done, toss it in the burning barrel and start a new one.
Good luck

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