Flies!
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Bug 
How do you all handle flies in and around the barn? I try to clean my barns once a week and then put juniper shavings over the stall mats, not very deep. I've got 4 fly traps up and they are so full I just can't believe it. 
I've been trying to use natural repellent, essential oils with apple cider vinegar but it doesn't seem to be helping much. I hate to use those awful chemical types around my babies and my does... 
Tips?
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#2
Not much help here, no problem with flies - do you have livestock other than goats? I'm a bit of a clean freak, clean 1-2x/day and use pine shavings over my stall mats. But then I only have 3 goats.
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#3
Never use those stinky fly traps. T hey catch gallons of flies while attracting 5 gallons of flies. Ask me how I know....
I don't drink beer, but if I did, I'd prefer Dos Equis.  Stay thirsty my friends!
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#4
(08-01-2020, 10:12 AM)Kat Wrote: Not much help here, no problem with flies - do you have livestock other than goats?  I'm a bit of a clean freak, clean 1-2x/day and use pine shavings over my stall mats. But then I only have 3 goats.
That's incredible, Kat! I wish I could find the time but once a week on the weekends is usually the best I can manage. We have a juniper forest we are constantly cutting on to decrease fire danger so the shavings are in constant supply! 
No other livestock, but we do have 10 goats. Don't tell me I have too many goats.... Haha!  Tongue
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#5
Fly tape can help a bit. Those long sticky things that are all twirled up. They are non-toxic in case the goats do get a hold of them. I attach both ends to the barn ceiling and leave a loop hanging down, my ceiling is low. One of my goats a few years back would wait until it was completely full of flies before he would try to eat it. He was tall and could reach the tape stretched up on his back legs. Of course it would wrap around his face and stick to him. He would give you that "help me, can you get this off my face" look.
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#6
ewww.... the things goats do!  Folks at my office gave me a cup that says "I work hard so my goats can have a good life" - says it all lol!
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#7
I've actually used a fly trap with the dissolving packets of fly bait with some success. It makes a pretty nasty smelly mess but it does at least attract and trap the flies. If you already have a lot of flies then I think it is better to go ahead and trap them rather than having them all of the place harassing me and the goats. You can hang them outside shelters if you have a high spot and that does keep them outside rather than inside for the most part. I got my trap at Tractor Supply. I also used fly tape last year. This year the flies have not been too bad and I am only using 1 trap so far but I noticed a couple of the goats sprinting from shelter to shelter as if their hair was on fire today (I'm pretty sure it was flies bugging them). I also had a spray that I used last year but you need to keep the goats out of the shelter for awhile as the fumes are not good for them but it definitely killed flies QUICKLY.

I was thinking about trying fly predators but I never pulled the trigger because there is an expense to them, you have to resupply every month or so, and I don't really know how effective they are. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone that has tried them.
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#8
Fly predators... they are AWESOME!!! I have two horses and usually 10-20 goats at any given time and we have almost no flies. The horse corral is right next to the goat pen and very near my house, so we should be covered up with flies but we aren't. The fly predators are actually not that expensive. I paid $150 in January and it includes all the shipments for the entire season, spring thru fall. You don't have to resupply every month. You choose the plan you want and they automatically ship them to you on schedule. You just have to sprinkle them around in fly breeding areas at dusk. It's very easy and it WORKS!

I get my fly predators from Arbico Organics. I've been getting them for over 10 years now. The horse barn where I went to college has been using them for probably 25+ years now. When you compare $150/year on fly predators to all the expense of buying fly traps and bait, plus all the extra repellant you have to use, it's a bargain. I still use some fly spray on my horses when I ride, and I occasionally spritz the goats if I see more flies than usual (because no, you can never eliminate ALL of them!), but I think I've sprayed my goats maybe three times this whole summer on particularly hot, muggy days.
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(08-01-2020, 05:06 PM)IdahoNancy Wrote: Fly tape can help a bit. Those long sticky things that are all twirled up. They are non-toxic in case the goats do get a hold of them. I attach both ends to the barn ceiling and leave a loop hanging down, my ceiling is low. One of my goats a few years back would wait until it was completely full of flies before he would try to eat it. He was tall and could reach the tape stretched up on his back legs. Of course it would wrap around his face and stick to him. He would give you that "help me, can you get this off my face" look.

That is hilarious and disgusting!!
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