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post #1 of 12 Old 06-09-2010, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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!!!Ahhhh, Horse-Eating Horse Flies!!!

Someone please tell me what is a good repellant for horse flies!!!
They are eating the crud out of my poor mares.

When it started getting warm, one was getting horrid welts from the mosquitos, so I have been using Bronco with Citronella - which works awesome for that. NOW these blood sucking monsters are terrorizing them every evening and the fly spray doesn't phase them :(

I have googled and I can't find a specific product that is guaranteed to help. I was told teatree oil mixed in would help, but I want a real product, not a home remedy.

I have used Bug-Off (Purple Bottle) in the past for mosquitos and ticks (we don't seem to have a tick problem anymore :S) but stupid Tractor Supply is always out of it when I go, or they quit carrying it. Though, they always seem to be out of everything I need when I go.

Please help :(

Added: They are also crawling all over my older mares udder and hanging out in there. I spray them off every evening to get the sweat off of them, but these flies are seriously not bothered by anything.
Is it safe to put swat on an udder?

Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-09-2010, 11:21 PM
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Have you tried Pyrhana (I don' tknow how it is spelled, but it is in a yellow can)? The girls at my barn swear by it, but we haven't hit fly season yet so I can't give personal testimony to it...
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-09-2010, 11:25 PM
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I absolutely love Endure. Its pricey, but it doesn't need to be re-applied 3 times a day.

Also, you can try feeding apple cider vineager with their hard feed, I've seen that suggested a lot of places, and a lot of HF members like it as well.

I do think SWAT is ok to put on udders, DON'T quote me on that, I have a gelding :) But since its meant to be applied around cuts and such, I'd imagine it should be ok on thin skin.

You can also try hanging fly traps, we have lots of those and they work well.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-09-2010, 11:45 PM
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We use Ultra Shield at our barn (in the black bottle) and it seems to work pretty well. Some of those horse flies are the size of bats though...i dont see them being phased by a little odor!
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-10-2010, 12:18 AM
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Bronco is the WORST in my experience. I'm waiting for my bottle to be EMPTY. I've had much better luck with Repel X. But, since it;'s the same brand that makes BRONCO, I've been asking around. A few people have suggested Endure, too.
Another person suggested Final Flight, but was later told they don't sell it any more? She said it kills those huge horse flies dead in the air.
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-10-2010, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, Im going to Tractor Supply tonight.
It is just too horrible to have to go out there and feed every night and my poor girls with blood spots on them.

@ Bronco, like I said it does the trick with mosquitos and smaller flies - but you DO have to put it on at least morning and night. I'm hoping TS has more than just that when I go this time. There aren't any other feed/tack stores around here.

Thanks folks - much appreciated :)

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post #7 of 12 Old 06-10-2010, 11:14 AM
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I use liquid permethrin, diluted with water.

It's in the cattle section of TSC, not the equine. Which means it's a lot less expensive than anything marked 'equine'.

It's fairly inexpensive, and 16 ounces will last you at least 2 to 3 years.

However, for those huge B52 flies, nothing really deters them.

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post #8 of 12 Old 06-10-2010, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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That's good to know SR. Thanks
I will try everything I can. I can't accept defeat lol

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post #9 of 12 Old 06-10-2010, 12:58 PM
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Avon skin so soft on udders and weenies here.

Try fly predators in the manure.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-10-2010, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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But horseflies don't lay their eggs in manure like normal flies.
They lay them on plants and then the eggs fall onto the ground and the larva goes into the ground and feed on slugs and worms.

It's not regualr flies I'm having trouble with.
Thanks though :)

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