Dairy farm fly control presents a challenge for any fly management program because of the different environments found around the dairy farm and the availability of fly breeding areas. House flies, stable flies, horn flies and face flies are all possible problems depending upon the dairy location, time of year and type of housing used.
Cows that are allowed access to pasture will encounter all of the fly species while those kept in free stall housing may only have house flies as pests. Calf areas, as well as maternity and sick pens, all present challenges for dairy farm fly control. balEnce Organic Fly Spray has demonstrated excellent control of the adult flies and fly larvae that are problems in the diverse dairy environments.
Testimonial — balEnce has been Successful for My Clients
During the summer fly season of 2017, I recommended that balEnce be used on client farms; examples would be baby calf milk fed/feedlot finishing sites, bucking bull rodeo ranches, conventional and organic dairy farms. These sites were using a monthly premise spray program. Fly control was poor; the poorest controlled site was the baby calves on milk. The fly population here was out of control with flies on the face, eyes, nose, bedding and feeding buckets. balEnce was used to replace the previous fly control programs that were failing. At the calf ranch, balEnce was applied per directions on facility walls, ceiling, bedding, feeding equipment and directly on calves. Within two weeks the adult fly population decreased dramatically and at the end of 30 days, there were no flies. The baby calves were happy, less stressed and healthier without a disease vector fly population ruining biosecurity. The same results occurred at the other premises that switched to balEnce.
RG Ovrebo, DVM, Minnesota
The active ingredient in balEnce products is a naturally occurring fungus (Beauveria bassiana). This fungus is a host-specific pathogen that targets and kills flies but does not negatively affect humans, animals, pets, beneficial insects or the environment. balEnce Spray is approved for use by the dairy industry by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program for organic production.
In order to provide our dairy customers with a complete solution to their dairy farm fly control problems, Terregena includes parasitic wasps as an important part of its product offering.
Controlling the facefly population helps reduce infections.