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  • Apple cider vinegar to bot flys
  • Predator of botflies

 
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    03-06-2011, 04:30 PM
  #11
Weanling
Apple Cider Vinegar is meant to help keep flies away.
     
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    03-06-2011, 06:27 PM
  #12
dee
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
That's interesting about the sulfur blocks. I'd not heard of it before as far as keeping flies down. I'll give it a try this summer.
We've used fly predators for about 5 years now and I'm a firm believer in them. We have 4 horses and other livestock chickens and dogs. The fly population is near none. I like to let the chickens out into the horse lot as I think they will peck and hunt through the horse manure to get to any larva. Just have to keep them away from the predators as they love to eat them too
We used to let our hens out into the lot to scratch through the manure. They sure broke it up in a hurry. Unfortanately, we went from about 30 hens to 11 in a week thanks to coyotes, so we can't let them out anymore.
     
    03-07-2011, 02:11 AM
  #13
Foal
I use Fly predators too. They're great for the black face flys but won't touch the deer flys, green heads, bots, or the big black flys. There is a fly catcher apparetis on the internet that kills the flys listed above. It's like $500 but is supposed to really work. If you have cows and horses and alot of acreage, it's worth it.
     
    03-07-2011, 04:52 PM
  #14
Showing
I read that those big horse flies breed in/near water. We have a fairly large watershed lake across the road and a lagoon type sewage system. Any water bred flies/mosquitoes are impossible to deal with other than with a repellent on the horse.
I mix up a sort of non-chemical daily fly spray that has ACV and Avon's Skin So Soft mixed up with water. I also add a few drops of citronella, pennyroyal and tea tree oil. I keep it in a large pump type bottle sprayer. It doesn't last long so again its a daily application.
     
    03-07-2011, 04:58 PM
  #15
Foal
If you own your own barn/property.. I suggest Fly Predators (lil bugs that they ship you once a month that you spread in your pasture, near the barn, you can put some in your stalls)

We've used them for 2 years now and they work great
     
    03-07-2011, 05:14 PM
  #16
Weanling
My daughter dilligently uses a Slick and Easy block on her horse, 3-4 times a week and keeps the bot eggs to a bare minimum. Since she shows him, it's necessary, but so far we haven't found a good way to keep the flies away yet.
     
    03-07-2011, 11:06 PM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
That's interesting about the sulfur blocks. I'd not heard of it before as far as keeping flies down. I'll give it a try this summer.
We've used fly predators for about 5 years now and I'm a firm believer in them. We have 4 horses and other livestock chickens and dogs. The fly population is near none. I like to let the chickens out into the horse lot as I think they will peck and hunt through the horse manure to get to any larva. Just have to keep them away from the predators as they love to eat them too
Chickens are very awesome. I wish we had some at my barn where I board. I worked at a Petting Farm kind of place for young children's summer camps as the animal manager, No flies near the chickens! Plus they are such characters, and free eggs are awesome.

I also second the Apple Cider Vinegar comment. Start off with small amounts, cause I know my horse hated the taste at first. Slowly increase it and then they will wolf it down. I've also heard it acts as a blood thinner, which is a bonus.
     

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