Originally Posted by luv2ride
We had a mild winter this year and an early spring. The flies are horrible. I've tried many different fly sprays from Bronco to Endure, nothing seems to work. I've had several old timers around here suggest a sulfer salt block to help with them. Has anyone else heard of this?
My poor mare is being bitten very badly. She is on 2 acres of pasture. Right now I'm spraying her with permythin (I know it's spelled wrong) concentrate that I mix up it works ok but needs to be put on daily. This was also suggested by people who live around here in SE Oklahoma.
For the flies there is a tiny wasp (really tiny) that is a fly predator and does a good job. Fortunately they can be ordered in sufficient numbers to get started and with a good supply of prey they multiply quickly. They won't get them all, but they can significantly reduce the numbers.
Mosqitos are a different story. Plenty of good pedators for them (dragon fly, etc...), but not a good supplier for significant numbers of them.
I have a spray that works pretty well for a couple of days. I only use it after the mosquitos get bad, although it repells everything, but don't recal the name of the top of my head. The little wasps take care of the majority of the flies (and they work all day, ever day