Simple Changes Make Big Difference When Fighting Flies
Make your barn less inviting to flies by changing how you handle and store grain. Once you open a bag, store the feed in a container with a well-fitting lid. If you use a wheelbarrow or cart to dispense grain at feeding time, measure out only what is needed for each feeding. Never leave grain sitting out and don’t just cover the wheelbarrow with a feed sack or towel. Leftover feed — this includes uneaten grain in a horse’s bucket or spilled in the stall — is a magnet for rodents, flies and other insects. It can also serve as a source of contamination. Sweep up spilled grain daily in stalls, the barn aisle and feed room. Dispose of it in a closed trash bin; don’t just toss it outside the barn.