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    09-17-2013, 05:39 PM
  #1
Foal
Garlic for Fly Control

I was wondering what everyone's thoughts are on using garlic or garlic powder as a method for controlling flies and mosquitos? I know that people say it is effective in humans (or so my 74 year old Grandma swears by!) and I have read it is fairly effective in dogs as well but there seems to be so much controversy with its use in equines according to all of the research I have been finding. Any thoughts? Is it just the "fresh" garlic that should be avoided or if it is all forms then how do companies like SmartPac get away with selling it? Thanks for your input!
     
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    09-17-2013, 07:16 PM
  #2
Banned
Iv tryed garlic for fly control with my horses they hated it and it never really helped with flys. Spent a year trying to hide it in grain and get them to eat it. I finally gave it up was more hassle then it was worth.

Didnt work for mosquitoes either. Had to use fly spray for them any way.
     
    09-17-2013, 07:33 PM
  #3
Trained
I made my own spray:
1/2 spray bottle Vinegar, 2 tablespoons of listerine, 2 ounces of dawn, three peeled slightly crunched cloves of garlic, and a touch of water.
I was skeptical but after a big fly hatch I was going broke and they were desperate. Worked pretty well!
We smelled like pickles... but I like pickles!
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    09-17-2013, 08:06 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Now that's what I call ingenuity, FlyGap! Sounds waaay less expensive than the commercial sprays (the ones that really work which can break the bank) - the only fly problem here are the teeny ones that stay low and bite at the horse's legs.. Cold season is upon us now, but I may give your formula a try next Spring! :)
     
    09-17-2013, 08:15 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by FlyGap    
I made my own spray:
1/2 spray bottle Vinegar, 2 tablespoons of listerine, 2 ounces of dawn, three peeled slightly crunched cloves of garlic, and a touch of water.
I was skeptical but after a big fly hatch I was going broke and they were desperate. Worked pretty well!
We smelled like pickles... but I like pickles!
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Flygap whats Dawn i'm in ireland never heard of it ?
     
    09-17-2013, 08:18 PM
  #6
Teen Forum Moderator
^ Its a type of antibacterial dish soap, I believe.
     
    09-17-2013, 08:21 PM
  #7
Foal
Like washing up liquid ?
     
    09-17-2013, 08:31 PM
  #8
Green Broke
No, it's a very famous dish soap here in the U.S., and has a potency that is used as well for any oil spills that may unfortunately occur to cleanse the waterfowl and other wildlife.... It has always just been "Dawn dish soap" for many years, until biologists discovered that it's formula can cleanse the oil from fur and feathers effectively. Most labels now will have a photo of wildlife on the front :)
     
    09-17-2013, 08:45 PM
  #9
Foal
Hmmmmmm I may google it see if anywhere here sell's it. Cheers
     
    09-17-2013, 09:32 PM
  #10
Trained
I checked the bottle for the ingredients in Dawn so you can find something similar... All it says is "biodegradable surfactants". I only use phosphate free, never antibacterial cleaning products here. Dawn rocks! Hope you can find it!

I was paying $22 for a bottle of endure, was going through 1 1/2 bottles a week, if not more!

I've only used it mid summer, I'm not sure how it would do with biting gnats... I'm skeptical as it seemed to attract a few fruit flys, we shall see in the spring...
I tested it first on the side of a water bucket the flies were landing on before I doused the horses. The flies didn't touch the side I sprayed for at least 4 hours.

I'm not sure about feeding garlic... Can horses eat lemongrass? I've heard growing it repels mosquitoes??? I pretty sure the oils won't hurt them topically...
     

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