Fly Control on an Organic Farm

| 5/6/2010 12:45:15 PM

Red Pine Mountain logoWarning: This post contains horse manure photos. Might not be for the squeamish.

Horses = poop = flies and more flies I soon discovered when I brought horses to Red Pine Mountain. I knew I had to combat them but the real challenge was how to deal with flies on organic farm land.

What to do?

I use a fly sheet and a fly mask even though Khrysta doesn’t appreciate being dressed.

Khrysta the Morgan mare in her fly sheet

And although Khrysta is protected from biting insects, it does nothing to control the rapidly reproducing fly population. So I searched for other solutions.

Mountain Woman
5/9/2010 5:19:56 AM

Hi Pam, I remember those Southern summers so well. I don't know about sweat flies but they sound awful. I think you'd like the fly predators. If you start them before flies get under way, they really do the trick. Thanks so much for visiting me.

5/8/2010 10:19:10 AM

Hi MountainWoman, I totally understand Khrysta's outfit! I feel like wearing the same thing around our farm sometimes. We have a long humid summer down this way which makes for a long bug season. We have flies of all kind. The ones we call sweat flies/bees hurt when they bite me so I know they hurt the animals also. The guineas and chickens in the barn help with insect control. I looked at the Fly Predators website and want to look into in some more. It sounds like something we can use around here. Have a great day. Pam

Cindy Murphy
5/7/2010 7:54:23 PM

No, Mountain Woman, I don't have any photos of Smokey in leggings. My boss probably does, but they're probably too old to be digital. So Khrysta's a Horse for a Cause in her breast cancer fund raiser fly mask. Well, isn't that the horse's pajamas. (Is that an actual saying, or did I just flub up another one; it's a habit.)

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