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    09-09-2009, 10:42 AM
  #11
Weanling
Seems like a lot of votes for Endure. Tractor Supply has it, for a reasonable price. Also comes in roll-on, which I like. Seems like it would be easier to get the head/face area.

Those of you who have mentioned that the flies become immune...I had no idea. Would switching between sprays (like you alternate de-wormers) be more effective?

It's just that the flies are unbelievable where my dad lives. My mom has been telling me horror stories about how the horses can get eye infections and go blind if they constantly have flies around their eyes. Plus, one of Annie's shoulders looked awful a couple weeks ago from fly bites. LoL, with all our technological advancements, there has to be something, you would think!

I also saw something internal at Feeder's Supply, but I'm skeptical...anyone try anything along these lines? I keep meaning to call my vet about this...

Fly sheets are a nice idea, but it doesn't protect their legs, am I right? They are even getting bitten up on their legs. These nasty little things are brutal...
     
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    09-09-2009, 11:32 AM
  #12
Foal
The feed through fly control only works if all of the horses at the barn are on it, it makes it so that the flys can't breed in the manure
     
    09-09-2009, 11:45 AM
  #13
Green Broke
The best stuff I have found is my own home-made recipe. Get a 32 oz spray bottle, or use an empty fly spray bottle that you already have. Add the following ingredients:
  • 2 cups of white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon scented liquid soap
  • 1 teaspoon of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Cedar Wood Essential Oil
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with water
Optional: Add about 15 ml of a concentrated Permethrin "pour-on", sold for cattle. Something like:
Brute Pour-On Y-Tex Corp (Farm Supplies - Fly Lice Control - Cattle Fly Lice - Pour-on, Spray Dust)
Gardstar 40% EC Y-Tex Corp (Farm Supplies - Swine Health - Swine Fly Lice Control) (you'd need less of this since it's more concentrated)

I use the above, with the permethrin, and it works better than ANY of the over-the-counter sprays I have tried. I also feed my horses 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in their feed, which seems to also help keep flies from biting so much.

ETA: You can order the essential oils off eBay. That's where I get mine. I get the 16 oz bottles. It will last you a summer or two, even if you spray daily.
     
    09-09-2009, 12:22 PM
  #14
Foal
I use pymetherin (spelling?), it cost about 18.00, but you have to dilute it, it works good, and goes along way, so is actually very cheap. Tried the predators, they do work for about 3 wks, do bring ants as well. The invermectin is for internal bots/worms. For the bot eggs, you can shave them off if they are where you can shave, if on the mane, you can either pull, or snip with scissors. Good luck.
Dona
     
    09-09-2009, 02:16 PM
  #15
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by themacpack    
How close are you to any neighboring horses/animals? We have several neighbors that have horses and cows so I have hesitated to invest in using the fly predators because it seems pretty pointless when the flies breeding in their areas will just buzz over to our place.
Two of my neighbors raise cattle, but I think the fly predators help them too. When they grow up they continue to lay eggs on fly larvae. If they breed enough (and they will) they will pretty much wipe out entire populations of flies. Awesomeness! Lol.
     
    09-09-2009, 02:19 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by dashygirl    
I've also used the Predators, they actually do work! However I've found they attract ants, lead to a whole different issue.
Hm... that's odd, I've never had a problem with ants. Well, then again out land had a bit of fire ant problem anyway, being in Louisiana and all (I hate this state sometimes! Try getting bucked off into a bed of those... worst day EVER! Lol) but I didn't see the predators making it any worse.
     
    09-10-2009, 01:49 PM
  #17
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by pintoluver112104    
the feed through fly control only works if all of the horses at the barn are on it, it makes it so that the flys can't breed in the manure
That would be easy enough, since I only have two.

Does it actually work, though? Any dangerous side effects?
     
    09-10-2009, 02:40 PM
  #18
Foal
In regards to fly predators. I have a 10 acre pasture and flies are terrible!! I am located near a river, my neighbors on both sides of me have horses, and cattle across the road. I was told that all of my neighbors would have to purchase fly predators as well in order to be effective? I use fly masks now for my horses and an oil based spray which usually lasts a few days.
     
    09-10-2009, 02:44 PM
  #19
Foal
Oh and also I have fed garlic powder in my feed before. Did work at keeping the flies away but pew it smells awful. Needless to say I didn't use that for very long, but it did work!
     
    09-10-2009, 02:57 PM
  #20
Showing
I've found Absorbine to the best, but Endure is also good.
     

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