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What fly spray do you use for your horses? Do you buy it, mix it yourself and do you treat the barn?
When it comes to fly spray for your horses do you mix it yourself using a concentrate, buy it ready to spray, or have a natural mixture that you have come up with yourself? If it's the mixture you made yourself would you mind sharing and if not what product have you found most effective?
We have always used the most natural processes possible. Chemicals aren't any better for horses than they are for us. Of course where we lived made a difference also. We had horses on the California desert and above 6,000 feet in the Black hills of South Dakota.
In both cases flies weren't as much of a problem as they are where we live now. We were able to keep them under control with nothing more than fiy strips. In both cases also we had acres for the horses to run and never kept them in a barn although we had barns at both. We also changed feeding and watering locations frequently. The rare times we had them in the barn, during uncommon thunderstorms or when it snowed flies didn't seem to be a problem once the barn was cleaned.
We used to use a natural spray which was made from Citronella, smelt great and it worked.
Hi Clairemy I've tried the Citronella already mixed but never done it myself. I'll give it a try and see if it helps. Thanks
I should have said if you have Warble flies too then you will need Ivomectin, it is chemical one, but it only needed once
We used Repelex (spelling?) but we finally bought those gnat sized wasps that lay their eggs in the fly larvae, killing it. They really work.
After about 2 months, very few flies - we even had company over for a barbeque that asked why we had no flies with 3 horses around.
I actually do not spray my horses. I put 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinager into the trough of water and the bugs avoid the horses. I do spray a mix of water and apple cider vinager around the barn on the wood and bugs stay out.
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