Animal Facility

Ambush nasty flies with fast feed-through program

Are you tired of looking into the crystal ball to predict when fly season will start? Did you already miss that magic 30-day window to start a feed-through to protect your pastured cattle from damaging horn and face flies? A … Read More

Tips to prevent late-season fly control breakdowns

Horn and face fly numbers can continue to build throughout the summer, which will put pressure on your control programs. Now is a good time to evaluate the pasture fly situation in your herd. Check during the early afternoon on … Read More

The two most impactful flies and how to treat them

With summer upon us, so are the problems associated with fly infestations of cattle. Economic losses occur because flies torment cattle, sucking blood from the animals and spreading diseases such as pinkeye. However, effective control measures can keep fly populations … Read More

Fly control in barns and feedlots

Insecticides have been placed into 29 different groups based on how they work—their “mode of action”—against insects. Of these 29 groups, only seven contain products that are registered for fly control, and among these seven groups, only five include products … Read More

How to control flies in pastures

In pasture settings, the most economically damaging fly is the horn fly. Good control can mean an additional 12 to 20 lb.of weight gain per calf over the summer months and reduced weight loss for nursing cows. Face flies, meanwhile, can … Read More

Sanitation key to solving fly problems

Entomologists like Dave Boxler occasionally receive SOS calls from dairy farmers or feedlot operators chomping at the bit with fly outbreaks. Tours of such facilities typically result in an SOS back to the farmer: shortage of sanitation. “Sanitation is the … Read More

Cleanliness is key to reducing stable-fly outbreaks

“Dave, would you mind giving a sermon on the manure mount?” David Taylor starts laughing. Like other entomologists who have chased flies their entire careers, he has maintained a good sense of humor. “I gather you might be calling about … Read More

16 tips to control flies in cattle feedlots

Potential fly outbreaks in feedlots are just around the corner. That means potential weight losses in cattle, the risk of disease transfer and complaints from neighbors. Regular cleaning, monitoring and maintenance of typical fly-breeding habitats will help reduce fly populations … Read More

Fly control takes 1-2-3 approach

Face, stable, horn and house flies are economically important fly species. Flies transmit disease, including mastitis and pinkeye, and uncontrolled populations reduce milk production and heifer growth. Face flies feed on tears, saliva and mucus on the faces of cattle. … Read More

Work with neighbors to combat flies

Is your own facility producing your fly problem, or are the pests coming from a neighbor’s feedlot, dairy or equine facility? That is often a difficult question to answer, but it points to the importance of working with neighbors to … Read More