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What do you use to control flies in the goat house

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Goats' started by Jea, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. Aug 13, 2016
    Jea

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    The biting flies are in the goat house, and although the fly strips catch some of them, it's hot and they seem to be particularly bitey.

    I am sure the goats are suffering with them. What do you use to control flies in the goat living area that won't hurt the goats?
     
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    Green Acres Farm

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    In our goat pen, flies are usually not that bad at all, but if they ever get bad I put a chicken or two in.
     
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    Green Acres Farm

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    Walmart carries this all natural dog and cat flea/ tick spray in the pet section that smells good and works on goats, too with flies.
     
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    Green Acres Farm

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    Fly strips have not worked for us at all!
     
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    babsbag

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    Fly strips, fly traps hung 20' or more away, and fly predators. But the fly predators need to be started in the spring and you get a shipment every month, but they work well. There is also a sticky trap for biting flies.
     
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    I use fly predators, muscovy ducks, and chickens along with the fly traps. We get some 'big buzzies' that come around and scare everyone including the dogs. They're horrible. Luckily they only come around in late summer and don't stay long.
     
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    Southern by choice

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    babsbag

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    I use these sticky traps and tapes. They also catch yellow jackets. [​IMG]
     
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    Jea

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    I noticed that flies get into the straw that is on the ground. And while we replace it pretty often since it's hot, just fluffing it up usually stirs up a bunch of flies living in the straw. Do you ever sprinkle anything on the straw itself to discourage flies? or is it just replace all the straw, or deal with flies living in the straw?
     
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    I put the fly sheets down around or on top of a bale.