Wet weather brings stable fly warning
PROPERTY owners are urged to take early action to control stable fly following recent rain.
The fly is a significant pest to horses and cattle, Department of Agriculture and Food project manager Don Telfer said.
“Typically these flies breed in rotting vegetation such as vegetable production waste, manures, poorly made composts and uneaten fodder such as rotting hay or silage.”
“A control option for excess hay is to pile up the waste, spray with an insecticide and cover with black plastic for at least a month,” he said.
Owners should also monitor their stock for signs of agitation which may be caused by stable fly. Signs include throwing dirt over themselves, rolling and even pushing through fences and gates in their agitation.
More advice is at www.agric.wa.gov.au.