Muscidifurax zaraptor (Mz)
FOR CONTROL OF:
Controls all types of flies that live in garbage, manure, or compost piles
Fly parasites are tiny wasps which attack several species of filth breeding flies commonly associated with livestock and garbage. Fly parasites attack immature fly pupae, killing them while they are immoble and helpless. Flies have very simple life cycle with a fast maturity rate. The adult female lays eggs which almost immediately hatch into larvae (maggots). After three or four days, these evolve into pupal shell, and this is where the fly parasites do their feeding.
It is also how the parasites are shipped.
Fly parasites live entirely within the manure, never becoming pests themselves. One must look closely in order to see them at all, and most of their activity occurs at night.
Release Rates: Approximately 1,000 fly parasites per 100 sq. ft.
Large Animals: (horses and cattle) approximately 1,000 per head
Medium Animals: (pigs and sheep) 500 per head
Poultry: use approximately 10 per head
M. zaraptor attacks fly pupae and lays a single egg in each host. Noted for its hardiness by reserchers at the University of California, this parasite is active against flies in hot and cold weather.
Sold in Colonies of 10,000
Yield: at least 10,000 Mz adults