1. Pick a chemical. Certain chemicals are just about as effective as others. To prevent insect resistance, it’s a good idea to rotate different chemicals when you treat the area. Possibilities include:
- Pyrethroids (cypermethrin, fenvalerate, permethrin, resmethrin, tetramethrin, s-bioallethrin, sumithrin);
- Organophosphates (coumaphos, dichlorvos, malathion, tetrachlorvinphos)
- Organochlorines (lindane, methoxychlor)
2. Treat your livestock directly. Always double-check that the chemical you’re using is safe to apply directly to livestock. Then:
- Use a small mist blower or a handheld mist sprayer to mist the chemical over your animals.
- If your animals are spooked by the sprayer, then dip a sponge or a mitt in the chemicals and rub the sponge or mitt on your animals.
- Always wear rubber gloves. Never let these chemicals come into contact with your skin.
3. Apply insecticides to areas around your property. Spray a resting areas or barns around the eaves, walls, ceiling and and rafters.
- Always remove your livestock from the barn before you spray. Some of your animals may have to stay outside for a while. Just follow the directions on the packaging.
- Coarsely spray resting areas with insecticides. Make sure to spray under low pressure.
- Be careful not to contaminate your animals’ water and feed buckets. Also, keep the spray off of your farm equipment.
4. Spray a large area that will protect multiple properties. Spraying a big area is efficient; it won’t require too much time or labor. However, area sprays tend to have a short-lived effect.
- Use aircraft, loggers, hydraulic sprayer or mist blowers to dispense the chemicals.
- The find chemical droplets will travel to where flies live, killing the insects.
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