If you have used Sevin-5 for Flies. . .

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by KristyAz, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. KristyAz

    KristyAz Songster

    Jan 29, 2011
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    Please tell me your results, if you had any issues with your flock, etc.

    I am at the end of my rope with our fly problem. You name it, I likely have tried it and we are losing the battle. Chemicals are my last resort, I hate to use them, but there is nothing left to try.

    So Sevin-5. . .Did it work? Did it hurt your chickens? Does it effect the eggs at all? (chicken's eggs that is)

  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Sevin is fine around chickens. If you can keep the area where the chickens are dry, the problems are significantly less. This is one place where DE does work well: drying poop and bedding.

    I do use sevin in areas that get moist or wet manure (since we have flood irrigation, and I use misters quite a lot lately, there are indeed a lot of areas where the poop and/or bedding get pretty wet). But more often I use Sweet PDZ which is the best product I have found for drying, and a benefit is that it chemically alters ammonia, reducing odors.
  3. KristyAz

    KristyAz Songster

    Jan 29, 2011
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    Thank you Suze...It is moist in the run, I have discontinued using the misters for now because of the flies and it is the Monsoon, so have had some rain. I do use DE and will give another dusting to help dry and look for PDZ.

    I just need something that will kill a zillion flies quick because I'm losing this battle.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If you are refering to flies in your chicken pen being a problem, I recommend you put sand in the pen/run. It keeps everything dry, deters flies and other insects and absorbs water...no run offs nor gullies from downpours. I use hay inside their house and nests. I remove soiled hay once a week and replace it with fresh hay. I then lightly sprinkle sevin dust on the hay and pat it down with a broom, settling it. I've never had an insect issue inside their house. The vents are screened, the entrance to their house has soft pliable screen loosely hanging down to prevent insects from flying inside. The chickens walk up the ramp through a small parting in the screen with no problems.
    I dont recommend sprinkling sevin dust on the ground in your pen/run, since chickens pick/peck the ground, sevin dust should not be consumed...the carbaryl may have an adverse reaction in your chickens.
    You can dust your chickens if you wish, avoid getting the dust in their eyes, nostrils and mouth. Technically there's a 7 day withdrawal for sevin dust. I have been using it for years in the vegetable garden, on dogs and chickens....just wash the veggies off, eat the eggs...I'm still here and typing.
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    There's not much you can do other than control the odor that attracts them because no matter how many you kill, more will come.
  6. KristyAz

    KristyAz Songster

    Jan 29, 2011
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    I found Sweet PDZ at Karsten's Ace, which is where i get all my chicken stuff. I will get that tomorrow, darn, I was just there today! Oh well. I dusted the run with the Sevin-5 this evening.

    I hope the Sweet PDZ will be the answer to this horrible problem.
  7. Suziers

    Suziers Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Sand, DE and Sweet PDZ have done the trick for me. Keeping the run dry is important. I have hung fly tape up high or right outside the run when it has been particularly wet and that has helped cut down the population.


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