Does DE really help???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by toyzbox, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. toyzbox

    toyzbox Songster

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    I know it will help with mites and other pests that "get on" the chickens. But will it help with the flys and gnats also??
     
  2. rivergypsy

    rivergypsy In the Brooder

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    I've found that DE will keep the flys from anywhere they encounter the DE, but it won't keep them away. They just buzz all around the pullets and the run where the DE is, but won't land. If they do land on occasion, they are gone again in less than a second. They obviously don't like it, but are still buzzing all around.

    Perhaps I am not using enough? It also helps with the smell in my new coop. Any suggestions anyone? Thanks. Linda.
     
  3. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

    The theory is that if the flies lay eggs in the mess that contains DE the larva will eat the DE which tears up their insides and they die before reaching maturity thus sort of stopping the life cycle of the common fly.
     
  4. rivergypsy

    rivergypsy In the Brooder

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    Now that makes perfect sense. Thanks for the heads-up. linda/
     
  5. toyzbox

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    So I guess it's only good it a pest eats it? Well It does help with the smell. So what does everyone do for the flys and gnats in the coop and run??
     
  6. goingcoastal

    goingcoastal Hatching

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    The flies are driving me CRAZY!!!

    So today I ordered DE and Fly Predators.

    Hopefully by next week we will be fly free:)
     
  7. phoenixbantam

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    let us know how the fly predators work for you! i'm very curious.
     
  8. crackertrail

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    I have pennies in a baggie with water tacked up in each pen.

    EZ trap stickies on outside of pen.
     
  9. I use an old empty 2 liter soda bottle, cut off the top about one third down, add sugar and water until it almost reaches the top and turn the top upside down like a funnel, the flies go in to get the sugar water and drown, I keep one sitting on the rail of our back porch most of the summer, few flies get in the house and those meet the fly swatter real quick. [​IMG] marrie
     
  10. Renee'

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    Quote:Do you have a poop board? It sure seems to catch a ton of poo and sure is easy to sweep and dispose of the poo daily or every few days.
     

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