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    07-18-2013, 09:16 PM
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Green Broke
Black Horse fly repellant - MAYBE

And this is a BIG MAYBE?

First Disclaimer:

I don't have a big issue with deer flies and the black horse flies to begin with.

Second Disclaimer:

I'm not sure this works or if it's just that I'm not seeing any deer or horse flies this week.


I've been spraying my rainrot prone horse with a 60:40 mix of original Listerine:Water on his top line and rump. Actually I've been soaking him after I brush him.

I noticed he wasn't coming in with any bites on his back - from anything and it made me wonder if, by soaking his back with the Listerine mix I was masking his odor and keeping the flies away.

I know black horse flies are attracted to dark moving objects, which all my horses are dark, but I still wonder if maybe the flies are able to also pick up odors and the Listerine scent is confusing them, so they don't land on the horse?

I've been spraying the rain rot prone horse for over a week. The epiphany didn't come until this morning, so I soaked the backs & rumps of the other horses after I brushed them.

Except for sweating half to death in this humidity, I didn't see anyone having hissy fits over flies, so I'm going to keep using the 60:40 mix until it proves me wrong and I've wasted my time.

WalMart's "Equate" brand of original Listerine is only around $3 so it will go quite a ways when refilling a spray bottle.

I really don't know if this is wishful thinking or I've stumbled onto something - just thought I'd pass it along, since it's a cheap and very harmless fly repellant experiment.

Wouldn't it be something if such a simple thing as masking the odor of the horse kept those chain saw nosed flies off the horse.

I know this mix won't keep ticks off and I have no idea if it will work for mosquitoes as we don't have a big skeeter issue and my horses come in at night anyway

And the rain rot? For other health reasons, I'm afraid to feed him Vitamin A, so also by accident, I washed his back only with Dawn Dish soap the other night. He doesn't have any scabs, just what I call black dirt-mold and the Dawn Dish soap got rid of all that

Washing the entire horse in Dawn Dish soap is not something I'd do but I'm not opposed to washing this fella's back and butt with it, once a week.

I also use Dawn Dish soap to get the gummies off their legs from that miserable Dallis grass we're plagued with.
     
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    07-20-2013, 06:06 AM
  #2
Foal
Hmm, I just saw a tv show where the characters covered themselves in some kind of mouthwash before heading into some bug-infested woods. I cannot remember what I was watching, but now I'm curious enough to try it.
     
    07-20-2013, 07:38 AM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nicoles    
Hmm, I just saw a tv show where the characters covered themselves in some kind of mouthwash before heading into some bug-infested woods. I cannot remember what I was watching, but now I'm curious enough to try it.
Isn't that interesting!

I'm still hesitant but I gotta say, none of the horses have been coming in with fly bites on them, where I sprayed them.

If I'm not indulging myself in wishful thinking, the only reason mouthwash might be working, would be that it masks the odor of the horse. That means the horse would have to be soaked with it and ounce-for-ounce more would be used than regular fly spray.

If you try it, make your mix about 60:40 with the original Listerine being 60. If your horse gets bit up inside the ears, wipe some in the ears, too.

Then let us know

OK, I just Googled "mouth wash as a bug repellant?" and got a bunch of hits. Some nay, some yay.

Here's one for the "yay" column:

Listerine vs. Mosquitoes - Listerine a Mosquito Repellent? - Urban Legends

There might be something to this "discovery" after all
     
    07-20-2013, 07:39 AM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nicoles    
Hmm, I just saw a tv show where the characters covered themselves in some kind of mouthwash before heading into some bug-infested woods. I cannot remember what I was watching, but now I'm curious enough to try it.
Isn't that interesting!

I'm still hesitant but I gotta say, none of the horses have been coming in with fly bites on them, where I sprayed them.

If I'm not indulging myself in wishful thinking, the only reason mouthwash might be working, would be that it masks the odor of the horse. That means the horse would have to be soaked with it and ounce-for-ounce more would be used than regular fly spray.

If you try it, make your mix about 60:40 with the original Listerine being 60. If your horse gets bit up inside the ears, wipe some in the ears, too.

Then let us know

OK, I just Googled "mouth wash as a bug repellant?" and got a bunch of hits. Some nay, some yay.

Here's one for the "yay" column:

Listerine vs. Mosquitoes - Listerine a Mosquito Repellent? - Urban Legends

There might be something to this "discovery" after all
     
    07-20-2013, 08:06 AM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
I know black horse flies are attracted to dark moving objects, which all my horses are dark, but I still wonder if maybe the flies are able to also pick up odors and the Listerine scent is confusing them, so they don't land on the horse?
Just coincidence, I believe. As you mentioned, horse flies are sight predators, and aroma based repellents and traps are not effective against them. With this crazy weather, some days we see lots of horse flies and some days we see none at all...and I have no idea why.
     
    07-22-2013, 01:29 AM
  #6
Foal
There is something with the original gold Listerine (or generic equivalent) that does keep bugs off and is fairly well known, at least around here, especially when it comes to gnats (biting midges, punkies, no see-ums, etc. Not necessarily the greatest for mosquitoes though.
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