Editor’s Note: The following tip was provided by Roy Williams a member of the 2010 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Leadership Development Program.

There is an extensive library of information on pest control available on-line or on paper through the various land-grant college extension services. Here we present six different sources of information for pest control. Each source has a different focus and expertise.

1. The following site, from the Texas A&M University extension service, provides information on control of a wide variety of animals that can be pests around a dairy, including birds, deer, opossum, raccoon, rodents, skunks and flies. It also provides suggestions for designing rodent-proof buildings. For each type of pest, various methods of control are given, such as repellents, toxins, predators and other strategies.

2. The Louisiana State University extension service has a site that provides extensive information about chemical control of flies. To visit the informative site, click here. To access the specific publication, click here

3. The following site provides information on controlling insect pests such as lice, grubs and mange. This is from the University of Wisconsin extension service.

4. This site, from the University of Kentucky extension service, provides a more extensive discussion of fly control methods, and a few comments on lice, tick and grub control.

5. The following site is uniquely helpful because it provides a guide to identifying different species of flies, which is important because not all species of flies can be controlled by the same methods. This site also gives details on chemical control of flies: where, when, what, how. This is from the Mississippi State University extension service.

Source: Dairy Calf and Heifer Association