NEW BOOK! “Housefly Control in Poultry Barns!”

House Fly Control cover PUB 849The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has developed a new book, “House Fly Control in Poultry Barns,” that describes integrated pest management practices for fly control. It outlines ways that you can tailor fly control strategies to match your unique farming situation.

Poultry operations provide an ideal environment for house fly populations to thrive. Controlling the house fly population in your poultry barns is important in maintaining a healthy barn environment, as:

  • Large fly populations can damage equipment and increase biosecurity risk.
  • Large fly populations can decrease poultry production.
  • Flies can act as carriers of food-borne diseases, carrying bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli from one location to another.

Controlling house fly populations can also reduce nuisance complaints from your neighbours.

Visit to download a PDF version of the book. You can also order free copies from ServiceOntario at or 1-800-668-9938.

The OMAFRA web page at has links to poultry resources, such as nutrient management and biosecurity information. Visit for information about poultry housing.

Contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or for more information on pest management, normal farm practices and poultry farming.

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