Manufacturer: Spalding (View all products by Spalding Labs)
Model: Fly Predators (View all Fly Predators reviews)
Category: Fly Control
Purchase: I found the ad in several magazines and thought the idea of fly predators sounded good. I asked around and found two people that had used them and of those 100% were satisfied. One was my farrier and the other was a dairy farmer. Both were very satisfied and recommended we give them a try. Spaldings also will allow you to cancel your shipments at any time for any reason so we figured if we weren't happy after the first shipment we could cancel. There wasn't that much to loose and plenty to gain. The stable owner and several boarders chipped in to cover the cost which was about $37.total per shipment for the amount recommended for 15-20 horses. About the cost of 2.5 bottles of a reputable fly spray.
Likes: I have purchased them for two different horse stables in the past three years. At the first barn we did not buy the full amount that was recommended for our stable conditions. We hoped we might even reduce the flies by half. But we saw a huge improvement in the reduction of flies from the previous year. Because fly populations vary from year to year we weren't sure what to think until the barn owner visited some other barns while giving riding lessons and she came home to express how horrible the flies were at other barns that year. She was totally convinced they were doing their job. So when I moved to another stable the next year I encouraged them to try the fly predators also. Again most of the boarders and the stable owner chipped in. At this location we did purchase the recommended amount and those that had been there prior years said there was a huge improvement. We have signed up to get them for this year also at the same cost. Actually we got them for less because they doubled one months order for being a return customer and doubled the amount of predators on a 2nd shipment for pre-ordering. Everyone that had chipped in last year was eager to chip in again this year which shows satisfaction.
Dislikes: I have no complaints with the fly predators except that they don't work on bees, gnats or mosquitoes LOL
Quality: The predators come through the regular mail. They are shipped as tiny black dot size eggs in aerated plastic bags in a bedding similar to cedar shavings. When a few of them hatch out they are ready to be spread on areas of standing water and fresh manure. That's it! Just be sure not to spray them with insecticide which of course will kill them.
Summary: I figure that the cost is actually nil since I don't have to buy nearly as much bug spray. The predators have been around for years now and there is no known negative effect from them. But the alternative of using insecticide sprays is not good for the environment, humans, or our horses. Many horses and some people have negative effects from the sprays. So this appears to be one of those rare times that it is a win~win situation. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!
Usefulness Rating: 2.2 out of 5.
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