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Step 1: PreventionStart early on in the season! Select products that prevent the flies from breeding and interrupt the life cycle. Make sure you know what species are common in your area, so you can target them specifically. Many horse farms have had success with Fly Predators. Second, practice smart manure management. If you spread your manure, then it must be done every 5-7 days minimally. This will interrupt the life cycle of the fly.
Step 2: ReductionIt’s impossible to prevent all flies from reaching your barn, but you can minimize population sizes. Try these helpful ideas…
- Muck your stalls daily
- Keep your barn tidy
- Store trash in sealed containers
- Eliminate standing water
- Set traps outside of your barn