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Livestock Fly Control
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Steve W    Posted 07-02-2002 at 11:39:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've had a really wet spring in upstate NY, and this year the bugs are outrageous. My Cattle are being attacked unmercifully by flies, and I am sure it is interfearing with there weight gain. Does anyone have any ideas on effective control that won't hurt them otherwise?

Thanks in advance,
Steve


DeadCarp    Posted 07-02-2002 at 22:07:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Something like this might work: We had a harmless fly trap at the cabin, and boy did it work - stinks tho.

What it amounts to - is a 2-quart jar with a vented top that looks like a coleman lantern top. Ya fill it half with water, add some stink juice, (i just used a fish head) screw the lid on and hang it in a tree. The flies like the smell, and walk in thru the top and start flying around inside. Then the holes are too small for them to fly out and they can't stay airborne forever so they drown. It'll get full about every week, when you clean it out (I rinsed it in the river) try not to get the stink on ya.

Now granted, a thing that small ain't gonna be enough for a whole herd, but why not make a big one outa a 55-gal drum or something and put it near the barn?


Clem    Posted 07-02-2002 at 12:53:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
have you tried spraying them with fly spray? I do that and use rubs, too. A few years ago I bought some mineral feeders that spay insecticide on the animal's back when it sticks its head into the feeder.


Burrhead    Posted 07-02-2002 at 13:51:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rabon makes a salt block with anti-fly in it. It works pretty good.

I just use a burnt motor oil and fuel mix rub for flies and it gets lice too.


Clem    Posted 07-02-2002 at 15:33:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're right on there, Burrhead. I do use the fly blocks, too.


Burrhead    Posted 07-02-2002 at 16:20:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have'nt ever used any worm blocks but ever thing else that Rabun has sold around here seems to work pretty good.


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