Where there are chickens, there are flies. It’s an inevitable, but totally fixable problem.
Flies are attracted to chicken poop, wet litter, and food scraps in the chicken run and coop. It’s incredibly difficult to keep the coop and run completely clean each and every day, unless you want to run around after your chickens with a pooper scooper all day long.
Luckily, we found several products that effectively trap and kill flies. It’s actually incredible just how well they work. We significantly took down our fly population in just one day using them.
Read on to find out how we managed to get rid of flies in our chicken coop, with just a few cheap and simple tools.
I awoke the other day to a complete and total infestation of flies around our coop. I mean, there were thousands upon thousands of them. After extensive and rather disgusting research I discovered that we had three different types of flies occupying our land- cluster flies, bottle flies, and house flies.
Because they were all different, there was no one solution to get rid of them. I read that bottle flies are attracted to ‘filth’ and cringed when I realized we had plenty of that to go around. Chicken poop galore up in that place.
I took off to our farm store, Country Max, to supply myself with an arsenal of fly weaponry. I bought a fresh bale of straw to lay down in the run after cleaning it out.
After getting everything set up at home, here’s what I found:
Here’s the great thing about the Captivator: The same plastic jug can be used forever, you only need to keep buying attractant, which at $7 for three packets isn’t too bad. The attractant doesn’t have any toxic poisons in it, so you can put the dead flies in your compost- it’s even advertised on the box as a great garden fertilizer!
Also advertised on the box: Warning: Do not seal dead flies and attractant in an airtight plastic or glass container as the decomposition will cause the container to EXPLODE. Now why in the hell would anyone ever do that?
As soon as I set up Captivator Fly Trap I realized flies were swarming all around it, but not many were going in. I set up the Super Fly Roll directly next to the trap so flies that didn’t go directly into the trap would stop to rest on the sticky trap.
Holy Moly did this work! After three hours the fly roll was completely coated. I couldn’t even see the strip anymore, only a blanket of flies. I don’t think it would have been as effective if I hadn’t put it right next to the attractant.
Here’s the only downside to sticky traps- they fill up fast and then you have to throw them away.
Side note: these sticky traps can’t go in the run or the coop. We hung ours just outside of it after learning the hard way that chickens fly directly into the traps and get tangled in the sticky dead fly grossness and can’t get it off. Not the smartest, those chickens.
After five days of replacing sticky traps and refilling the captivator, we are finally at a point where we have only a couple flies zooming around our backyard. This plan of attack worked wonders for our issue. In the future we’re going to take preventative measures to keep them at bay. Mainly keeping up with poop duty more than we have been.
It’s a nasty business, but someone has to do it!
And now I have to ask. What do you, dear readers, do to keep flies at bay on your farm? I would love to hear about new and exciting tools to get rid of these nasty pests?