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MON, AUG 3 2020
by William Westerling
on October 9, 2019 at 9:46 AM
Doesn't Dibrom have a label for cull piles to treat situations just like this?
by Mark Bolda
on October 9, 2019 at 12:09 PM
Hi William,  
Out of curiosity, I did check the label for Dibrom and it does indeed have applications around pig pens, barns, stables and the like, so I guess a use like you suggest could arguably be in compliance with the label (check with your Ag Commissioner to be sure though).  
That said, I'm a little skeptical that an insecticide even as powerful as Dibrom would penetrate through the whole pile. Certainly, you will kill a heap of flies and see dead ones all over the place, but the point with something like this is not to win battles but win the war.  
Burying these heaps deep will kill ALL of the flies, simply because they can't emerge. Make sure it's deep though, some work from Dr. Amy Dreves up in Oregon found flies emerging from fruit that was buried more than a foot down in the ground.
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