About the Fly Parasites
Choosing the Right Fly Parasites for the Job
There are several major species of fly parasites which are produced commercially by Kunafin. Each has its unique characteristics and special uses. Since breeding conditions will vary from one location to the next, you will be sent the species which best suit your unique situation. Kunafin is collecting native populations each year throughout the U.S. to upgrade insectary stock.
These species attack the most common species of flies which breed in animal and vegetable waste. The parasites do not bother humans or animals in any way. Due to their minute size and life cycle, fly parasites are more susceptible to insecticides than flies, so any supplemental spraying must be done carefully, and sparingly. Once a parasite egg is deposited in fly pupae, the parasite kills the fly, and consumes the body as it develops into adulthood. An adult parasite emerges from the pupae, and it immediately starts breeding.
Once the existing fly population is eliminated or severely reduced, the number of parasites will also decline since they no longer have hosts on which to live. This is why it is important to continue periodic releases of parasites even after the fly population is under control. Fly migration from other areas will rapidly cause another build-up if there are not enough parasites on hand to take care of the situation.
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Your Custom Integrated Biological Fly Control Program
When and How to Get Started with Effective Fly Control
The time to start your Integrated Biological Fly Control Program will vary according to your location, but generally speaking, we recommend starting the parasite releases as soon as the first generation of over-wintered flies begin to appear (if there's one, you know there will soon be more!). This means early spring in most areas of the Continental United States. The earlier you start your program, the better! As mentioned earlier, actual numbers of parasites necessary for good control will vary according to many factors.
In practice, it is better to start off a File high, and then slowly reduce the numbers as control is attained. You can never have too many, but you can have too few!
The effectiveness and cost savings of your Biological integrated Insect Control Program vs. other programs is not just conjecture. This program is in widespread use throughout the country and in other parts of the world. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has done numerous studies, and considerable field testing of our fly control methods, and have shown dramatic, positive results. Their studies have been done in poultry, feedlot, dairy, horse and many other agricultural operations. They have reached the same conclusion: IT WORKS!! AND IT SAVES MONEY OVER CONVENTIONAL METHODS!!!
Many programs have led to almost total elimination of fly populations in as rile as 30 days! In 1977 one large cattle feedlot operation discontinued spraying, fogging and fly baiting and began releasing fly parasites. During this time they have maintained excellent control at half the price of their former chemical program. In addition to the fly parasite releases, they also employ other cultural methods which we recommend. They regularly clean their pens, and keep their operation as dry as possible.
Also during extended periods of rain they sometimes use fly bait to help hold down fly outbreaks which could result from massive migration from other breeding areas. This experience has been repeated throughout the U.S. in feedlots, poultry, dairy, and horse operations. Since 1977 not only are these operators getting better control for their money, but they also avoid the potential adverse side effects associated with insecticide use. It's an investment for the future! The money they spend is growing there year after year! (Just like money in the bank!).
The Biology of Fly Control
Scientifically Sound & Cost-Effective Fly Control
Biological integrated insect control is scientifically proven and cost-effective. It eliminates the hazards associated with chemical insecticides and gives long-term, reliable control. We at Kunafin are experienced and committed to the concept of Integrated Pest Management, and can help you develop your own customized program. We remain your personal consultants throughout the season and are happy to answer any and all questions you might have. We will also be more than happy to provide you with references, price quotes and other material concerning this program at your request.
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