Getting A Head Start on Fly Control with the 30/30 Approach

To address the unpredictable nature of frost dates, Central Life Sciences suggests adopting a 30/30 strategy for managing fly populations on your livestock operations. To optimize control of overwintering horn fly pupae, adhere to our recommended 30/30 approach, which involves feeding ClariFly® Larvicide to your herd until 30 days after the initial fall frost. This strategy accounts for potential spikes in temperature after the first frost, which can lead to increased fly activity. The effective 30/30 approach also includes starting ClariFly® Larvicide in your feed 30 days before the typical daily temperatures reach 65 degrees each spring.

Begin the 30/30 Strategy with these Three Easy Steps:

House flies have been implicated in the transmission of 65 disease organisms with populations that can burst out of control in a short period of time.

  1. Know when to start feeding, approximately 30 days before the average daily daytime temperatures reach 65° F. This is when overwintering flies emerge.
  2. Continue feeding through the fall, 30 days after the first frost has been recorded. This is to help reduce overwintering pupae, giving you a jump start on the next fly season.
  3. Implement a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that includes biological, physical-mechanical, and cultural efforts to reinforce your fly control.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program:

Implement an IPM program to ensure your cattle perform at their best while safeguarding your bottom line. An IPM program is a comprehensive pest control strategy that integrates various complementary methods, best cultural practices, and fly control products. A successful IPM program should encompass the following key elements:

  1. Cultural Control
  2. Biological Enhancement
  3. Chemical Containment

When incorporated into a complete Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, the use of ClariFly® Larvicide with a 30/30 approach can help producers account for the unpredictability of the seasons and significantly lower fly populations while increasing cattle comfort and profitability.

By continuing to feed 30 days past the average first frost date in the fall, producers can reduce the total number of overwintering pupae, giving them a head start on the population for the following year.