Wet weather brings sta­ble fly warn­ing

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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.

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