Even though it is cold and nasty.. :- it isnt too early to start thinking about fly control for this season What are your plans for the little pests? I am not changing anything.. planning to go with what has worked for me for the past few years. 1. those hanging sticky strips (25 cents each) will be hung when needed towards the end of July 2. Sprinkle that fly bait stuff in areas of the barn where the chickens cant get to it 3. Fly predators !!! They are the BEST thing! I found the most economical place to buy them is March Biological http://www.marchbiological.com/ Even though the suppliers always tell me that they can not be affected by early cold temps and rain.. I refuse to allow them to ship to me before the 3rd week. I accepted shipment one year.. as they recommended and I KNOW those little boogers got too cold and didnt hatch!! I know it I know it. They also can drown from too much spring rains... even though the salesman from another company had told me they would be ok. I KNOW they drowned. I know it I know it. I will never not order the fly predators again. They make my life so much easier. 4. I will feed garlic powder to each horse. I works from the inside out. I swear the garlic powder helps deter the flies. Do not pay any attention to those stewpid stewpid articles that go around the internet the beginning of fly season when people start talking about garlic powder and horses. The article will tell how there was a study done and horses died from the garlic powder. If you continue reading the articles.. you will learn that there were only a few horses in the study and they were fed EXTREME amounts of garlic powder. I start in may feeding garlic powder. 1/4 tsp per horse per day, so they get accustomed to the flavor. I gradually increase it. By the end of July they are consuming 2 tablespoons per day. I stop feeding it when fly season is over. I order it from herbal.com http://www.herbalcom.com/ It is important to buy a good quality garlic powder or you will not get good results. A restaurant quality would be best, but I have not been able to find a reasonably priced source. 5. I add apple cider vinegar to their feed once a day. 1/4 cup her day per head. When it is mixed with the garlic powder .... you will wonder what in the h*ll you are doing!! You will think the horses will NOT touch it.. BUT.. be prepared.. they will STAMPEDE to the barn when feeding time comes. They LOVE it! I buy the apple cider vinegar by the gallons. Some grocery stores will put it on sale in the spring. I bought 10 gallons last spring for 5 or 6 horses and it lasted all season. 6. I rarely get to use my fly catching jugs because I dont have enough flies to keep a good 'stink' going in them to attract more flies. Sometimes after Aug 1 I can keep one going. I use catfish nuggets when I first start up one, or leftover sweet corn cobs (cooked) I still use fly spray, but not as much as without using these fly control methods.