Stable Fly Management
In previous years the Shire of Gingin has been affected by large populations of Stable Fly (Stomoxys calcitrans L.), particularly in the warmer weather, and as a result the Shire works closely with the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australian (DAFWA) with a collective view to combating the problem.
Stable Fly can be a serious pest of livestock owing to its painful bite as it draws blood during feeding.
DAFWA has made an association between the use of poultry manure and rotting vegetable matter with the breeding of Stable Fly, and therefore commercially derived untreated poultry manure must not be stored or used on land for agricultural activity or transported within the Shire of Gingin (in accordance with the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007). In addition, farmers feeding bulk vegetable waste to their stock may also be contributing to Stable Fly breeding, particularly if the vegetable waste is not spread thinly in paddocks.
The Shire of Gingin requests the public to be vigilant regarding Stable Fly infestations and report any fly breeding or excessive numbers to DAFWA on 1800 084 881.
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