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post #1 of 28 Old 01-17-2013, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Flies flies flies!

Mid January and in the high 70s in north Florida. The flies are about to carry us of. Any tips??? Has anyone used wasps or fly predators in the far south east??? Spray and traps are not putting a dent in them. And yes I keep my pastures clean by dragging them with chain link. You folks that have seasons don't know how lucky your horses are!!!!
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post #2 of 28 Old 01-17-2013, 04:09 PM
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I hear you
I have traps, I spray them. Problem is with flies, you kill one and ten come to the funeral.
I did have success with the feed-through pellets. Greatly reduced the fly population. Stupid me stopped feeding it, since " there are no flies no more" and boy did I have an invasion.....
Needless to say, next month I'll be feeding it again.
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post #3 of 28 Old 01-17-2013, 04:22 PM
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feed through helps. Fly predators maybe but then you cannot use the feed through. I started adding avon skin so soft bath oil to help keep the fly spray on longer . Chickens will eat the flies etc out of the poo, but then you have the chickens to deal with . We got a few good freezes this year, so hoepfully the files will be reduced in numbers. Fly traps and more fly traps.
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post #4 of 28 Old 01-17-2013, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I am trying Fly Be Gone feed thru from Jeffers. Just got it and actually just started feeding it yesterday. Never tried it before. My wife and I are tempted to try the fly predictors. With 3 horses and a dokey here and 4 horses next door, it's a mess. And I think you are wrong. It's 25 that come to the funeral when one dies. LOL! Thanks for the input.
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post #5 of 28 Old 01-17-2013, 05:04 PM
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It's either feed through, or predators. Predators live of fly larvae, feed through prevents larvae from hatching. Or you the feed through, neighbor the predators.
Although, the feed through helped even though there are cows a quarter mile away and my place is an ex dairy.
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post #6 of 28 Old 01-17-2013, 05:20 PM
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Three sides of my barn are in the pasture so during fly season the horses go in shortly after daylight and go out towards dark. This means feeding them while inside. Each horse gets a small mesh hay net stuffed full and it lasts about 5 hours. The barn is kept as dark as possible which deters flies from entering. Heavy tarps cover the doorways. If there were windows those would be covered as well. I've wondered if it's nature's way of getting horses seeking shelter when the sugars in the grass are at it's highest.
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post #7 of 28 Old 01-17-2013, 06:02 PM
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Someone could have more information on the sadeness for horses on this, but...

Coconut oil and lemon juice (or tea tree maybe) works as a human repellent. And I know coconut oil can be applied via the mane and tail, but add lemon and add all over? I haven't personally tried it, but as I was reading up the uses for coconut oil, that popped up.
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post #8 of 28 Old 01-17-2013, 06:03 PM
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Interesting theory. Mine don't go into the shelter or the shade, for that matter, all day. They prefer sun and breeze. Come mosquito hour they run inside, for about half an hour, until mosquitoes are gone, then it's out again. It's a drylot, haynets outside, hay on the ground inside. Hay preference: oat hay, way above grass hay or alfalfa. I offer all three. Oat hay has the most sugar.
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post #9 of 28 Old 01-17-2013, 06:29 PM
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Feed through flie control fly traps and a dark barn for them too go into. Flie predators work I use too do them till neighbors got a huge herd of goats. They live right behind us our fence line is shared. So yeah I know all about flies even with the feed through and fly trap I stll have flys. Neighbors don't do anything for flie control so I get all their flies too. I"ll take flies over 26 to 30 below zero and highs only of 6 below zero that's what we have to look forward too this next week. Soo theres no bugs around right now to stinken cold.
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post #10 of 28 Old 01-17-2013, 07:07 PM
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Bag disposable traps and arg. Lyme on wet areas, pick up poop.
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