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post #21 of 31 Old 07-18-2012, 12:46 PM
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Fly Spray, Bags of water with pennies in the bottom, garlic added to daily feed ration and of course, fly masks!
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post #22 of 31 Old 07-18-2012, 01:11 PM
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Fly Spray, Bags of water with pennies in the bottom, garlic added to daily feed ration and of course, fly masks!
Does the bag of water with pennies really work? I've been debating trying that. Where do you hang it?
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post #23 of 31 Old 07-18-2012, 01:50 PM
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Does the bag of water with pennies really work? I've been debating trying that. Where do you hang it?
I wouldn't say that it's the primary reason why flies stay away, but I've always had it and never had a sever fly problem. Definitely wouldn't want to go without it being that it's extremely cheap and who knows?
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post #24 of 31 Old 07-18-2012, 04:40 PM
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bug bags that you get at mills fleet farm, fly spray, bug zappers(2 -3 at a time on at night) fly masks when they are bad..
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post #25 of 31 Old 07-25-2012, 03:12 PM
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We use Flybayte and the like. We sprinkle it on our isle way a couple days a week. When flies got REALLY bad, we did a little fly holocaust sprinkleing twice a day for a week. After that we only have to do it once or twice a week and there are hardly any flies at all. We also sweep isle ways twice daily and so the sprinkles will accumulate at each end so I'm sure that helps too.

I have dogs who lay all over the isleway and eat grasshoppers in the isle way and they're fine. No one has gotten sick.

The fly predators are pretty spendy and the company website says you won't experience a significant difference until next year because they eat only the fly eggs. :o/

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post #26 of 31 Old 09-13-2012, 01:12 PM
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Some really cool ideas on how to keep the flies away. On another forum some one mentioned the penny thing. Glad to see it works for someone. Very good fly predator reviews.
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post #27 of 31 Old 09-14-2012, 10:52 AM
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I've used feed through fly control. It works. It doesn't get all of them, but as for normal flies, I did see a big difference. Keeping clean is really important, my paddock/shed gets cleaned twice a day.
We're having a mosquito problem paired with a highly allergic horse (hundreds of hairless spots on chest, neck, girth area and face, who bites herself bloody wherever she can reach. The only spray who works longer than a couple of hours is Mosquito Halt. I spray in the evening when its starting to get dark and they're good until next day about mid afternoon.
Horseflies are less of a problem (no breeding grounds, I.e. woods here. There are two B52-type horseflies coming about lunch time, but they just circle the horses and fly off, rather frustrated
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post #28 of 31 Old 10-14-2012, 05:41 PM
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My friends that two horses put the masks on them. As I feed them I feel so sorry for them because flies are all around them. They need to look into fly control seriously, but how do you tell someone that without being to forward???
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post #29 of 31 Old 10-14-2012, 09:57 PM
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My friends that two horses put the masks on them. As I feed them I feel so sorry for them because flies are all around them. They need to look into fly control seriously, but how do you tell someone that without being to forward???
All you have to say is.... Man! Why don't you do something about controlling these flies? This is ridiculous! Don't you give a flying fart?

Then offer some suggestions on how to handle the fly problem. You'll either be a hero or a shmuck for saying something, but, you'll have said your piece.
You'll also feel ok about doing what's right.
Take the lead and don't worry about hard feelings, they'll soon be forgotten, unless they let you ride for free, then mind your own business.
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post #30 of 31 Old 10-14-2012, 10:15 PM
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Last Spring I built a Manitoba fly trap. They can be purchased for about $200 and last a few years. Mine cost maybe a hundred and it's built out of plywood and metal screening and a beach ball. Ugly but it trapped a lot of horse flies. This is a large trap standing close to 6' tall with a base of about 5'x5', triangular in shape. Horse flies circle the swinging black painted beach ball which hangs down the middle then fly upward where the screen allows plenty of light. As they continue their way upward they wind up in a gallon bottle up top with a mesh cone which prevents them coming back down. Most didn't make it to the bottle as sparrows were swooping in there and feasting on the flies as they were feeding their young. Stable flies, the biters, unfortunately can come from thousands of miles distant, flying as high as five miles and riding the prevailings. This is why they are so difficult to control. The best method during the day is to allow the horse to enter a dark barn, shelter with canvas tarps, old carpeting covering the openings and windows. The darker the better. It's best if the ones covering the doorways touch the ground and then some to reduce little streams of light coming in. Neither flies nor mosquitoes like the dark and will stay out.
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