Fly Sprays that actually work?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Fly Sprays that actually work?

This is a discussion on Fly Sprays that actually work? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Horse fly spray that works
  • Horse spray that works for ticks

LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-02-2011, 12:38 PM
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.
Sponsored Links
    06-02-2011, 12:44 PM
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.
    06-02-2011, 12:56 PM
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.
    06-02-2011, 02:01 PM
See previous thread

Fly Spray- what is the best, not just the cheapest.
    06-03-2011, 01:24 PM
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.
    06-03-2011, 01:58 PM
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.
    06-04-2011, 01:32 AM
I use bacon grease lol. If you 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.
Posted via Mobile Device
    06-04-2011, 08:58 AM
Originally Posted by CowgirlsR4Ever300    
I use bacon grease lol. If you 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.
Posted via Mobile Device
So you smear bacon grease on your horse?

Or do you have some way of making it liquid at room temperature?
    06-04-2011, 09:03 AM
Green Broke
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
    06-04-2011, 09:06 AM
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 don't like it. It takes about 3 or 4 days it really works.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Homemade Fly Sprays jdw Horse Health 4 03-29-2011 10:31 PM
Saddle Grip Sticks and Sprays? RidingTowardsGrace Horse Tack and Equipment 10 12-03-2010 11:41 PM
Fly Sprays?? HorseSavvy Horse Grooming 17 06-23-2009 04:11 PM
Fly sprays? kitten_Val Horse Health 15 06-28-2008 08:37 PM
home made fly sprays jazzyrider Horse Health 9 02-07-2008 07:40 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:42 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0