Fly issue

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Annie McIntyre

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Jun 25, 2021, 3:42:03 PMJun 25
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Hey fellow farmers,
Is anybody else having issues with black flies? I am not sure what they are, as we haven't seen this issue before on Orcas. They are really bothering the sheep. We would love some ideas and solutions! Thanks.
PS we have lots of swallows, and bats, but they are not keeping up We prefer natural solutions.

Steve and Linnea Bensel

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Jun 25, 2021, 4:52:58 PMJun 25
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Annie
We’ve used pine tar in the past to discourage flies on sheep.  Just dab a bit on around the dock or neck, depending on which end of the sheep is being bothered.
Sheep will move to a dusty area when tormented by flies, stamping and pawing to create a dust cloud.

Steve
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