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Killing Flies On The Homestead

Flies every year are a big issue. They are annoying to both us and our animals. Plus they can spread disease and we are taking actions that will diminish their numbers in any way we can.

When you have animals always around the homestead such as livestock, chickens and others, you will have flies. It’s just that simple. We are not interested in chemicals and having tried some of the other fly traps in the past, we were looking for something a bit more substantial and with a proven method to reduce their numbers. Because, lets be honest. You’re never going to get rid of all of the flies. Your best hope is to make a large dent in the population.

After doing some research on other fly traps on the market, we found the Arbico Organics Solar Fly Trap. The reviews were phenomenal with buyers reporting huge amounts of captured flies and a very noticeable difference in fly populations. There were plenty of written and even video testimonials. The downside was the price. One trap will set you back $86 plus shipping.

That seems like a big price tag compared to the little fly trap bags you can buy in ChinaMart. However, unlike the bags, you can reuse these traps over and over every year. Plus, the captured and now dead flies can be used to feed back to your chickens should you have them. Free protein! So basically, you are buying a lifetime natural, chemical free fly trap that helps feed your chickens. We decided to order 2 plus some bait.

Take a look at the video and we will continue to give updates on how our traps are working over the summer and how they are performing. So far I must say that we are very pleased with them but we are learning a few things as well. Check back for updates and enjoy the video.

About Zachary Bauer

Zachary lives with his wife, two sons and his wife's parents on An American Homestead deep in the mountains of the American Ozarks. They all moved there together in July of 2013 where they began to build the homestead. They are off-grid with the exception of a phone line.

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