Keep cattle areas as clean and dry as possible. Flies lay their eggs in manure, decaying silage, spilled feed and soiled bedding.
Calf hutches that are clean, well ventilated, and relocated with regularity will address a major breeding area for flies.
Feed storage areas, bunks and water troughs should be kept in repair, clean, and as dry as possible.
Keep grass and weeds around barns, feeders, hutches, and manure piles cut low. Overgrown areas provide an ideal resting and breeding ground for flies.
The Starbar® line of sticky traps and jug traps can be used for controlling adult flies.
Traps are good for areas where chemical control is out of the question such as milking parlors and feeding areas.
Scatter baits such as QuikStrike® and Golden Malrin® from Starbar® products, are a form of chemical control that can be used around dumpsters, equipment barns and other non-sensitive areas (consult label).
The goal of exclusion and sanitation is preventing flies from entering a structure and eliminating the reason for them to stay. Exclusion involves making structural repairs such as patching wall openings, weatherproofing doors and windows, trimming trees and shrubs close to the building, as well as installing or repairing screens on windows and attic vents. Sanitation involves eliminating harborages by removing debris from the building and grounds, and cleaning up food, spills and standing water daily.
Constant evaluation is essential to long-term fly control. Monitoring allows a premise manager to detect any resistance in a fly problem and address it early with product rotation. Documentation is an integral part of monitoring and rotation. When a fly problem persists, previous treatment methods can be rotated more easily if thorough documentation was done for the site. Using Golden Malrin® Bait in rotation with QuikStrike® Bait is an effective way to battle resistance and solidify your IPM program.