Farm Hack Fly Traps

I recently joined the Regenerative Grazing Group Facebook page. Participants share information and ask questions about what's going on in their pastures and help each other think about how we can all be better grazing managers. If you're a facebooker, you can check it out. In the meantime, I asked if I could share this great fly management hack I found there. I got the thumbs up from the group administrator, so here you go. Thanks to Chris Hollen, Loran Shallenberger and everyone else in the group for getting this information out there! Here's Loran Shallenberger's version of the Chris Hollen model fly trap. What you're looking at is a barrel wrapped in fly paper. Here's what it looked like 24 hours later: The fly paper Loran uses comes in a $7.49 roll from Tractor Supply. He wraps it around some metal drums he had laying around. Then he places them across the fence from the waterers. As he says, "Cows take a drink, flies get caught." Kevin Swalley did this last year and provides these instructions for setting up your barrels: "Its only sticky on one side. Just make a wrap around the barrel and overlap the ends a little to stick the paper back to itself. I just started wrapping over the old paper with the new. A sharp knife will cut through it to throw it away." Kevin says that he caught face fl

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2 thoughts on “Farm Hack Fly Traps

  1. This may sound antiquated, but if we’re moving to more holistic farming methods, what about having chickens in with the cattle or following the cattle?

    I know it’s easier said than done, but definitely something to contemplate for animal and soil health.

    1. Chickens only do so much, and that’s only for certain species of fly (those that lay in the manure). There’s still the issues of (a) first flies in the season, (b) all the ones that will fly in from neighboring lands, and (c) those that chickens aren’t really going to be able to intercept as various life stages.
      And mechanical traps and sticky paper are surely more holistic than insecticides on the animals and environment.

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