Flies are not just a nuisance, they're a major cause of disease, suffering and economic hardship around the world.
All told, they are known to be involved in the transmission of more than 65 diseases to humans alone, including typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, leprosy and tuberculosis.
They are also responsible for significant reductions in the production of farmed meat and dairy products. It's estimated that flies are responsible for global livestock and poultry production losses measured in the billions of dollars.
Modern methods of livestock and poultry farming often provide an ideal breeding environment for flies, making control a major challenge.
However, it's a challenge to which we at Novartis have committed the full wealth of our experience in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biological disciplines.
The result is the Anti-Fly Program. It's a program which combines our knowledge with a range of products to provide fly control solutions for almost any farm animal production system in use today.
Scope of Information
The control of house flies and other filth flies in and around confined-animal production facilities is the subject of this website.
Other fly control problems associated with livestock production occur away from the confined production facilities and involve different fly species and control strategies. They are therefore not included.
Most important of these are the Horn fly, Haematobia irritans (L.) and the Face fly, Musca autumnalis (De Geer), which develop in fresh manure pats in pastures. These flies are often extremely annoying to dairy and beef cattle and can be involved in transmission of some diseases.
Other fly pests in pastures and rangeland include cattle grubs (Hypoderma spp.), black flies (Simuliidae), biting midges (Ceratopogonidae), mosquitoes (Culicidae), and the horse flies and deer flies (Tabanidae). Occasionally the stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.), is abundant, but this fly is more likely to be a problem in and around confined production facilities and is therefore included in this website.
Learn more about fly control using the Anti-Fly Program developed by Novartis.
Integrated fly control means using a two-pronged attack on flies: larvicides to prevent fly larvae developing into adults, and adulticides to kill adult flies.
Controlling the threat
The Anti-Fly Program developed by Novartis uses a mixture of cultural, biological and chemical measures to provide cost-effective fly control for confined animal production systems.