Spraying for insects

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rancher hicks, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    We have a lot of mosquitos since it has been so wet. I do know they carry diseases that can affect chickens. I was going to spray for them but then realized that these sprays also kill beneficial insect too. Does anyone know of any plants i can plant that will deter skeeters?
     
  2. dan_grow

    dan_grow Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I was reading the "Eco-Friendly" stuff I bought and realized while it didn't say it killed "honey bees" it does. Don't be fooled by the "Eco-friendly" labels. Read the label.
     
  4. dan_grow

    dan_grow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i don't use anything on my backyard after losing a cat that played in grass that was sprayed with "non toxic" "safe for the pets and kids" insecticide. now i just plant onions and use garlic oil spray it seems to keep the bugs down for me but it takes a while and end up being self defeating. but what ever works for you you should do and if you fined something that works please tell me. [​IMG]
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Absolutely the only thing I use for bugs on this place is DE. I have 2 dogs, 2 cats and a bunch of chickens that mean the world to me. Unfortunately DE won't work for mosquitos, but we remove any standing water promptly and encourage the swallows and bats to stick around to eat all the insects (including mosquitos) they want.
     
  6. Becky1961

    Becky1961 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:What do you use to encourage the swallows and bats?
     
  7. Tater n Beans

    Tater n Beans Out Of The Brooder

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    For bats you make a bat house and put it at the top of a 20 foot pole (they move into these the quickest) or place one in the top of a tree (slower, but they will find it eventually). As far as swallows I would assume that there is a housing solution for them as well.

    ~Tater
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yes to the bat housing. For the swallows, they just come. We provide them a safe place for nesting - they build their nests on a high shelf under the carport. Close to trees and safe from the rain and wind. Unfortunately not safe from snakes. Couple weeks ago a black snake climbed up there and ate all the baby swallows. I was so mad! [​IMG] A different type of swallow (the carport ones are barn swallows) have taken up residence in an old abandoned purple martin house.
     
  9. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    The new Mother earth mag has an article on bats and that's when I thought of building a "belfry" on top of my coop. It would be nice to have one in the woods away from the house.
     
  10. nitro3custom

    nitro3custom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like the bat in the belfry Idea. But I've got to many to many there all ready. Or so I'm told. But I also think I heard bat droppings are good fertilizer. I'm not sure if that's true. I do know they eat 1000's of maskitos a night.
     
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