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post #1 of 6 Old 11-17-2011, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Fly Spray

I have a problem finding fly spray that actually works well. I was wondering what fly sprays you guys use that actually work? Cheapest & most effective is best!

Also, does fly spray expire? Years ago I had this fly spray that came concentrated and you put water in it to deconcentrate it to use and fill the bottle. The bottle is pure white with a blue spray nozzle. I bought it at a nearby tack place. It worked wonders! After I bought it, my trainer moved and I had to find a new barn. The place where I ended up I rode a horse that was very sensitive to fly spray and had to use a special kind, so mine has just been sitting. Do you think it would still be safe to use or should I just throw it out?
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-19-2011, 06:13 AM
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You get what you pay for with the fly sprays. I bite the bullet and buy the Ultrashield ex. Black bottle with red writing, by Absorbine. Its the only thing that works for my horses. You dont need to apply much, and if you spray a fly, its dead. Its like $20 a bottle, but well worth it for me. I have 3 horses and they live very close to the woods, bugs are terrible. A bottle lasts me about a month. I buy it by the gallon, and thats lasts all bug season.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-19-2011, 09:04 AM
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buy the concentrate and follow the general directions. When you are comparing look at the concentration of permithene, pyrathens and piper somethign or other. Added sunscreens help it last a bit longer, citronella oils may help it bond a bit to the hair.
equicare flysect Super-C concentrate, is a decent product,
I have also used Repel- XP concentrate then add permethene concentrate too it to end up with the same stuff. But it is simpler to buy the Equicare,
I use, "War Paint" inceticide around the ankles in the summer, it is kinda like a lotion. Stays on better than the sprays, I put gloves on then apply it with a damp small rag. couple swipes on each leg. The aplicator it comes in doesnt work to good.
Equicare Flysect Super-C
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-19-2011, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I pay for all of my horse's stuff since my dad pays the board every month and I tend to hope buying the cheap stuff with actually work. It doesn't. Obviously.

I guess I'll just deal with it and buy the expensive stuff from now on.
Do either of you guys know what fly spray I'm talking about when I described the concentrate in the white bottle and blue sprayer? It seemed to be pretty popular around here a few years back. And I know it works, but I literally bought it in '06-'07 and I'm not sure it it'll still be good.
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-20-2011, 01:17 AM
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Not sure about a concentrate, but I know Bronco is in a white bottle with blue lettering. Bronco workes as well for my horses as water.....If it never froze, it should be ok.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-20-2011, 07:19 AM
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I second the concentrates, RepelX works for me. Sometimes I will dampen a cotton glove and wipe it on. It helps get the legs more thoroughly. I remember a time riding around a lake this year and even though I brushed and applied fly spray thoroughly the bugs were eating them up. So, I always carry a can of deet for me and applied it to the horses legs which was the area getting attacked the most. It worked beautifully. I wouldn't use deet on a regular basis but it was either have a horse going nuts or having him calm until making away from the area and enjoying the ride.
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