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post #1 of 21 Old 06-02-2011, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Fly Sprays that actually work?

I always battle flies and ticks and it seems nothing I try ever works. Either they have no effect at all or they last all of 15 minutes. I have used Horse and Stable because it's cheap but it doesn't last long, I used to use Tri-Tech 14 until it got so darn expensive. I liked that because it had sunscreen too which worked great for Chanti and actually seemed to last longer. I used Wipe without diluting it for ticks and it killed them after a couple days but didn't seem to keep flies off.
I've tried a natural cinnimon based spray that seemed to just attract them, I've used a homemade mixture of pine-sol that didn't have any effect. Vinegar has no effect either.
So if anyone has used a spray that works really good let me know. I feel bad for Sundance because his tail is still too short to really do any swatting so he's constantly fighting them.
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-02-2011, 11:44 AM
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I have had a lot of luck with Pyranha aerosol spray, but it's not listed to prevent ticks. There is a problem with flies becoming resistant to different sprays, so in your area, you might ask other horsemen what is working for them. Some fly sprays are listed for ticks, but make sure to check. My trainer told me the other day that putting show sheen in manes and tails keeps ticks out, but I wouldn't want to show sheen the whole horse all the time.

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I like RepelX undiluted. I've used it on different horses over the years and it doesn't burn their skin like some other products, even when used full strength.

I wipe it on with a sponge instead of spraying it. It lasts for quite awhile, but if you're looking for something that's going to last 24 hours, you're out of luck. None of them do, despite their claims to the contrary.

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post #5 of 21 Old 06-03-2011, 12:24 PM
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every horse has different chemistry (kinda like how perfume has one aroma on one person and smells totally different on another. because our body chemistry reacts to it differently)

it is the same with horses. i have found Tri-tech 14 and pyranha have been good so far.

but you have to try different one to find out which one works best with your horse.
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post #6 of 21 Old 06-03-2011, 12:58 PM
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I use Tri-Tec 14, with great success. If you're worried about the cost, you can go to Farnam - Your Partner in Horse and Pet Care™ and print a $2.00 off any size coupon. I recently printed myself five for future use. The great thing about the Tri-Tec 14 is you don't have to spray them daily, so it lasts longer than most fly sprays. To me the cost of it is well worth it, because put simply, it works, and I only have to spray my horses about every 10 days instead of daily. And, with 4 horses that makes it pay for itself.

I also put out Fly Blocks with Rabon to help cut down the fly population, I get them for $11.99, and the first one of the year will last about a week or so, but the rest of them last longer; for some reason the horses always pig out on the first one that I put out.
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-04-2011, 12:32 AM
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I use bacon grease lol. If u use bacon grease and citronella oil it works the best. Smells a bit but just need a little bit here and there on the horse and bugs leave them alone.
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post #8 of 21 Old 06-04-2011, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by CowgirlsR4Ever300 View Post
I use bacon grease lol. If u use bacon grease and citronella oil it works the best. Smells a bit but just need a little bit here and there on the horse and bugs leave them alone.
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So you smear bacon grease on your horse?

Or do you have some way of making it liquid at room temperature?
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post #9 of 21 Old 06-04-2011, 08:03 AM
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Pyhrana works wonders for my horse :) the oil based one, wipe and spray...I'd be cautious with bacon grease if your horse will be in the sun at all...I've heard they can get a pretty nasty burn if you do that.
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post #10 of 21 Old 06-04-2011, 08:06 AM
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Put garlic powder in their food also it helps to keep flies away. Just sprinkle some on top of their food and it will mix in with their blood and the flies dont like it. It takes about 3 or 4 days it really works.

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