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Fly-Free Livestock:

How to Keep Flies Away from Your Animals

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As the warm weather approaches, so does the inevitable presence of flies. While these tiny pests may seem like a mere annoyance to us, they pose significant risks to our valuable livestock. Flies not only cause discomfort but can also lead to various health issues for animals if left unchecked.

Why Flies Are Problematic for Livestock:

Flies are not just bothersome; they can also transmit diseases and cause skin irritations in animals. Some of the most troublesome flies for livestock include:

  1. Stable Flies: These blood-sucking pests primarily target the lower legs of animals, causing painful bites and potential allergic reactions.
  2. House Flies: Known for their incessant buzzing, house flies are not only irritating but also carry diseases such as salmonellosis and mastitis in dairy cows.
  3. Face Flies: These flies target the sensitive areas around an animal’s eyes and mouth, leading to irritation and potential eye infections.

Effective Methods for Repelling Flies:

  1. Agricultural Salt with Garlic: One innovative solution for keeping flies at bay is Redmond’s Agricultural Salt with Garlic. Garlic is a natural repellent for flies and pests, making it an excellent addition to your fly control regimen for all types of livestock.
  2. Fly Control Products: Utilize fly sprays, ear tags, and pour-ons specifically formulated for livestock to repel flies and other insects effectively.
  3. Stable Management: Maintain clean barns, coops, and pastures by regularly removing manure and keeping areas well-drained to minimize breeding grounds for flies.
  4. Fly Traps: Use fly traps strategically placed around the livestock area to capture and reduce fly populations.
  5. Natural Predators: Encourage the presence of natural fly predators such as birds, spiders, and parasitic wasps, which help keep fly populations in check.

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Creating a Fly-Free Zone:

  1. Strategic Placement: Position water troughs and feeders away from livestock shelters to prevent attracting flies. Additionally, consider placing fans or misting systems in barns to create airflow, which discourages flies from settling.
  2. Herbal Remedies: Certain herbs like basil, mint, and lavender have natural insect-repelling properties. Planting these around the livestock area can help deter flies.
  3. Regular Grooming: Regular grooming not only keeps animals looking good but also helps remove dirt and sweat that attract flies.

By incorporating these strategies into your livestock management routine, you can create a more comfortable and healthier environment for your animals. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to fly control, and with the help of solutions like Redmond’s Agricultural Salt with Garlic, you can effectively keep flies at bay and ensure a happy and fly-free environment for all your livestock.

The diagram above weas sourced through Redmond Equine. 

Fly-Free Livestock: How to Keep Flies Away from Your Animals