Anyone living in south Texas knows that this year is shaping up to be one of the worst fly seasons we’ve seen. And those of us with horses have likely been horrified by the infestation, which has contributed to outbreaks of pigeon fever, normally quite rare in Texas.
So it may have been the look of defeat or desperation on my face that caused my local feed store owner to offer help as I stood staring at the multitudes of fly control options. What I learned from him has changed my life, and can help you, too, whether or not you have livestock.
He handed me a container of Bayer’s QuickBayt granules, telling me he’d heard good feedback from other customers. At a bargain price of around $9.00, I figured it was worth trying. Some of you may have used the product before, but it was totally new to me and to several of my horse friends.
When I went to my barn on the second day after applying the granules as directed, I figured it must be something in the change of the weather. I simply could not believe that one product would make such a dramatic difference.
Now, however, several weeks later and ten or more degrees hotter, it’s apparent that QuickBayt is responsible for an extreme reduction in fly population in my pasture; I would estimate it to be around 95% reduction. So it was with great glee that I decided to do some more research and share what I have learned about this miracle product.
QuickBayt is a fly bait, which kills adult flies who feed on it. According to Dr. Doug Ross with Bayer’s Animal Health Division, the bait contains two attractants, including a housefly pheromone, to lure flies to feed. Then the active ingredient kills them. QuickBayt also contains a bittering agent to make it less attractive to other animals, though it should not be applied where dogs, cats, horses, or other animals, including wildlife, could consume large amounts.
But the beauty of this product is that when you follow the application instructions for the granular formulation, by spreading it around instead of piling it, the risk of accidental ingestion by another animal is minimal since the bitter taste will discourage eating more than a nibble.
In addition to the granular formulation, there is a spray on formula available in a ready to mix trigger spray bottle. This allows you to spot spray areas like walls and ceilings in your barn or on patios, etc., where you are battling fly problems.
Like many people, since I’ve never encountered such an effective insecticide for flies, I worried that perhaps using this product would negatively impact other, beneficial, insects. For example, I like to use fly predators in my pasture, and until this year have found them quite effective. I wondered if QuickBayt would kill those predators as well. Because the predators aren’t cheap, I didn’t want to be throwing money away.
Dr. Ross assured me that, due to the method of action, QuickBayt would not harm fly predators because QuickBayt kills adult flies who feed on the product. Since fly predators feed on fly pupae, and not adult flies, and because the predators will not feed on the bait, there is no risk of fly predators being exposed to the product.
That is welcome news, providing a seriously effective one-two punch of fly control. For similar reasons, QuickBayt will not harm other insects. Horse owners should note, however, that while QuickBayt will kill several kinds of fly species, it is most effective on house flies. However, house flies are the normal majority we have to deal with, and I have not seen any horse flies since using this product, either. Plus, it doesn’t reek as badly as the old fashioned traps!
It sounds too good to be true, and I usually say if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.
But this product delivers what it promises in spades, and does so with minimal to no danger to you or your pets when used according to directions.
QuickBayt Spot Spray and granules are available at Amazon.com, as well as other online retailers like Valley Vet Supply. Locally, check with your feed store. In Kerrville and Ingram, Double L Feed carries the granules. Unfortunately, Tractor Supply does not yet carry the product.
Personally, I will never be without QuickBayt again. It has earned a permanent place in my animal care tool kit.