Catalog of Fly Control by Rincon-Vitova Insectaries

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integrated pest management for the parasitic wasps are rarely seen fly control management of filth flies with parasitic wasps management of filth flies with parasitic wasps rincon-vitova insectaries is a pioneer in growing beneficial insects to control flies in animal manure and other fly breeding sites over 200 kinds of predatory and parasitic species of insects spiders diseases and mites attack flies combinations of these beneficial insects are attracted to manure destroying all life stages of the filth flies beetles mites and nematodes devour fly eggs and maggots the adult fly stage is partially controlled by natural disease the pupa or cocoon stage is the target for the most important natural enemies of flies small parasitic wasps parasitic wasps find fly pupae with biological radar in manure and other fly breeding sites rincon-vitova insectaries mass-produces tiny non-swarming beneficial wasps in the genera of muscidifurax and spalangia that attack fly pupae over a thousand satisfied customers over more than 30 years of service use fly parasites to reduce flies and minimize or eliminate the use of pesticides the parasitic wasps only attack flies and will not bite sting swarm or bother anything else they hop more than fly and are attracted to manure and rotting wastes they are active at night and are rarely seen during the day fly parasites may operate in manure as deep as 8 inches fly and parasite life cycles at approximately 80º f 27º c how fly parasites work parasitic wasps lay their eggs inside fly pupae and prevent the flies from emerging as adults female wasps pierce a newly formed fly pupa and insert an egg immature stages of the parasites feed on the juices of the fly pupa adult parasites also kill flies by drinking fluid from fly pupae we call this host feeding because each species in our mixture is adapted to different climates we increase the proportion of spalangia heat tolerant to muscidifurax as seasonal temperatures rise life cycle of the fly and its natural enemy fly parasites complete a generation every 17-28 days from parasitism of the fly pupa to emergence of the adult that means at least three releases a week or so apart are recommended to yield a steady production of adult parasites with weekly releases a noticeable reduction in flies can be expected in 4 to 6 weeks as the parasite population increases because their prey is only filth flies they must find and kill the flies at your location the life cycle of the fly takes only five days in hot weather up to ten days in mild weather this is less than half the life cycle of the parasites and this is why repeated releases are needed in the summer so the parasite population will build up to a high level adult flies may be migrating in or brought in compost operations so other control strategies such as trapping are useful biological control will work best if you and your neighbors work together www.rinconvitova.com kinds of flies they attack these parasites are very effective against the housefly biting stable flies garbage flies and the lesser housefly which comprise 95 of the flies in manure accumulations these parasites will also attack blow flies and bottle flies breeding in and around garbage dumpsters page 4 rincon-vitova insectaries inc 2005 catalog of beneficials for fly control 800-248-2847 bugs