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What fly spray do you use for your horses? Do you buy it, mix it yourself and do

  1. Charlu profile image80
    Charluposted 6 years ago

    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?

  2. wheelinallover profile image80
    wheelinalloverposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Charlu profile image80
      Charluposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Wheelinallover for some great ideas on how to keep away the flies.  I'm in Florida so they are a definite problem and are already creating issues.  Thanks again and take care.

  3. clairemy profile image81
    clairemyposted 6 years ago

    We used to use a natural spray which was made from Citronella, smelt great and it worked.

    1. Charlu profile image80
      Charluposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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

    2. clairemy profile image81
      clairemyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I should have said if you have Warble flies too then you will need Ivomectin, it is chemical one, but it only needed once

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    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.

  5. Horse Reader profile image69
    Horse Readerposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. Charlu profile image80
      Charluposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That sounds easy enough and very economical   Thanks