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Traps, Tapes, Lights and Zappers


Ok this will be a short post, but once again this will be a shame on me one.  As there is part of this post that brings me great delight when I think about it.  I’m sure you’ll see just exactly which part brings me delight as you read on.

Fly traps TRAP adult flies when they’re most active.  Fly tape traps and KILL flies that get stuck in the tacky tape.  (No this is not the part I like – keep reading.) Spectrum lights repel the insects.  A quick note here:  Yellow spectrum lights draw fewer midges than do blue or green ones do.

Bug Zappers

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Flysheets & Masks


Flysheets and masks offer protection from flies and mosquitos by covering the skin and eyes.  Flysheets and masks are helpful if the horse is sensitive to biting insects.  An added bonus is they provide protection to the horse(s) coat and skin from sunbleaching and sunburn.  (Light skinned horses are candidates for that danger zone.)  Flysheets range in price from $40.00 – $175.00 and masks range from $10.00 – $30.00.

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Agricultural Benefits of the Parasitic Wasp


A Parasitic Wasp is actually, or should actually be called a Parasitoid, as it does not feed on its’ host for life.  A parisitoid feeds on its’ host, then kills it!  Now this is probably gross to some (and yes this post will most likely give me a nightmare) but it’s kinda cool too, when ya think about it.  And yes, it’s true they ARE helpful to the agricultural world, which makes for a double cool thumbs up from me.

The parasitic wasp will tap into the very little buggers that, well, annoy us and cause great distress in our rainbows, butterflies and greener pastures factor.

There are many varieties of parasitic wasps but they all provide a benefit in one form or another.  They are often mis-identified as winged ants or stinging wasps.  However…

Wasps with Benefits

 

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Managing Flying Insects


Ok, contrary to the title of this post, I’m not actually going to talk about the life of any flying insects.  But more of an admittance of how annoying they are to us.  And the health hazards they pose to our livestock.

Flies and the like will manifest in or near any barn, corral or pasture area that maintains animals.  They can and WILL become a health hazard if measures are not taken to prevent them from… well… living.

Let me explain

 

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