About Fly Eliminators:
Fly Eliminators are gnat-sized, nocturnal, burrowing fly parasites that kill manure-breeding fly pupae (filth flies) to control adult flies. They do not bite, sting, or harm humans and animals. Larval control is one necessary step in a complete fly control program. Adaptable to all climates, these parasitic wasps develop within fly pupaes, killing the immature fly in the process. The adult Fly Eliminators' life span is dependent on temperature, but averages 3-4 weeks. Periodic releases of Fly Eliminators are recommended to keep up with the highly active female flies rapid egg laying. Expect a reduction in general fly population in four to six weeks.
At night ARBICO's tiny parasites seek out the pupa of the fly. They make a tiny tear in the pupa to feed and the females deposit (oviposit) their eggs within the pupa. Those eggs hatch within the pupa and feed on the developing fly, eliminating the adult flies. Fly Eliminators are suitable alternatives to toxic chemical sprays and broad spectrum insecticide use for prolonged fly control.
How To Order:
Use the pulldowns above to select the correct fly control zone, number of animals, desired shipment frequency and total number of shipments you would like. Please specify if you would like to Pay-Per-Shipment in the "Special Instructions or Comments" box on the Shipping Information section of checkout.
When To Release Fly Eliminators:
Begin your program when spring temperatures first arrive (after final frost date). It only takes three consecutive days of 40°F weather for the overwintering fly populations to start hatching and maturing. Each female fly will lay up to 1,000 eggs in her lifetime, so it is important to release the parasites as early in the fly season as possible. Released fly parasites begin parasitizing the overwintering fly pupae immediately after hatching. Consider using fly traps and repellent sprays in conjunction with Fly Eliminators for best results if you typically have a severe fly problem.
Continue releasing the Fly Eliminators throughout the entire fly season (until the first significant frost). It is important to release all recommended batches. The last batch may overwinter in warm climates, but should not be relied upon for fly control the following season.
Notify an ARBICO consultant if any of your conditions change. ie. You have more animals. Ants are becoming a problem. Your next door neighbor just brought home 10 calves and they are 50 ft. from your back door.
Use Fly Eliminators in conjunction with EM-1 Microbial Inoculant to help break down organic matter along with good manure management.
Specialized or Custom Fly Control Programs:
If you don't see a program above that fits your needs we are happy to help you set up a custom program. For example, if you have a dairy or poultry facility, you may need to reduce the time between shipments for successful fly control. Please call us to speak with one of our knowledgeable fly control consultants and customize your Fly Eliminators program.
Life Cycle of the Fly:
The fly lays an egg that looks like a speck of sugar. Within a short time, literally hours, the egg develops into a larva that we call a maggot. Newly hatched maggots are microscopic and so small they are almost impossible to see. The maggots are light sensitive and move deep into the ground or manure away from the outdoor light. Once buried, they feed and grow until reaching a certain size when they pupate. This is the cocoon stage of the fly, which are brown pods about the size and shape of a piece of rice.
Do not spray the treatment area at the same time you release the insects. If you must spray, we recommend that you spray 48 hours before or after releasing the parasites.
The information below will help answer most of your questions about Fly Eliminators. If you have additional questions, please call us at 1-800-827-2847 so we can answer all of your questions.
Shipment and Hatching Information:
Fly Eliminators are shipped as parasitized fly pupae in a wood chip medium and are dispersed by releasing a small handful around "hot spots". Once your Fly Eliminators arrive, examine the clear plastic bag for significant insect movement. When you see the insects crawling around the top of the bag, it is time to disperse the parasites. If you do not see movement within the bag, you can speed up the process by placing the bag in an old pillowcase and setting it on top of your hot water heater or refrigerator. Make sure you check them every day for fly parasite activity. It may take up to 10 days for hatching to occur at various time during the fly season.
You can release the insects before they hatch; however, they must be covered with a thin layer of manure or ground cover to prevent birds and ants from consuming the unhatched fly parasites.
How & Where to Release Your Fly Eliminators:
Place Fly Eliminators nearby all potential fly-breeding areas. Some "hot spot" locations include the following:
Manure and Urination Areas:
• Inside barns, stables, stalls, hospital pens, or loafing sheds
• Around corral posts. Paddock areas, along fence lines, and other frequented dropping sites
• Around the perimeters of manure piles, pits, bins, or carts
• In kennel or coop areas where manure accumulates
Watering and Feeding areas:
• Under water troughs, around barrels, buckets, or other devices
• Where spilling or leakage occurs
• Around bathing areas, drainage sites, and perimeters of run-off or stagnant pools
• Areas where feed, straw, or hay have decomposed
Other Fly-Breeding Areas:
• Around compost piles and family gardens
• Alongside garbage cans
To release, make a small hole in the ground with your boot heel, drop in a small handful of the Fly Eliminators mix, and cover them with straw, earth, or manure to protect them against wind, birds, ants or pesticides. The amount of parasites to release depends upon the size of the "hot spot". Distribute them every 15-20 feet around those highly active breeding sites. Use as small as a teaspoon or as large an amount as a handful. Fly Eliminators travel 30 to 50 meters in search of fly larvae and pupae.
Seed as many hot spots as possible with your first application, concentrating heavily on the obvious fly-breeding areas. Repeat this release procedure in slightly different spots on subsequent applications. In this way, new cultures of parasites will be evenly distributed throughout the fly season.
DO NOT place the parasitized pupae in standing pools of water or in the center of manure piles. Instead, apply them around the perimeters.
Standard shipping via US MAIL is included in the price of each shipment. Shipping upgrades are available, call us at 1-800-827-2847 for pricing and to make shipping method changes.
How To Store Fly Eliminators:
Pick up Fly Eliminators shipments as soon as possible after delivery. You will receive a shipment confirmation with tracking information about 7 days prior to the shipment leaving ARBICO. DO NOT leave insect shipments in direct sunlight or areas of intense heat. Store them at room temperature (approximately 70-80°F) until they begin to hatch. Release as soon as possible after hatching fly parasites are visible.
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