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Integrated pest management (IPM) uses a set methodology to help control pests on the farm. By looking for pests and counting (index) them you are seeing each week if controls are
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If fly control is needed, consider using cultural controls to help control fly breeding in the house. The addition of temporary drying fans to move or stir air in the house may speed manure drying. Mechanical methods, such as fly paper and traps is a non toxic control that does not breed resistance into the fly population. Biological controls can be deployed such as wasps and beetles that prey on the fly at certain points of the fly life cycle.
If considering chemical controls, be sure to read and understand the label for the material being considered for use. Is spraying near poultry an acceptable use on the label? If not apparent consider consulting a licensed pest control applicator or extension educator for your particular state for guidance. It is important to rotate between classes of pesticides to help reduce pesticide resistance. Apply to lower walls and posts where flies will emerge as they hatch. Use baits indoors near birds to help reduce adults in the house.
Lastly, before spreading or selling poultry manure, make a final assessment to see if any flies are active in the manure that is to be removed. This will help keep the spread of flies in the area to a minimum. Properly spread manure in the correct climate will dry down quickly to a point that will no longer support fly breeding.
By following good IPM controls, pests can be minimized on the farm.