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post #1 of 12 Old 04-04-2012, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Help with those pesky ear flies! They leave a

Trail of blood scabs. They also do not look very comfortable.
If I could upload a pic I'd show ya one...
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 12:00 AM
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Udder balm, a very small amount over the infected area, not too deep in the ears.

Either that or a fly mask with ears.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 12:01 AM
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You can't do much about it other than getting a fly mask ears, you can even get one for riding.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 08:53 AM
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This has been the first year that we have had much of a problem with them - and they are HORRIBLE already. I fear we are in for a long and nasty bug season this year.
Anyway, to the point, we just ordered new fly masks, with ears, for both horses as we had previously used a non-eared mask for Aero and hadn't gotten one at all for Yahzi yet. Prevention is the best medicine and the only true way to keep them off/out of their ears is to use a barrier, like an eared mask.
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This has been the first year that we have had much of a problem with them - and they are HORRIBLE already. I fear we are in for a long and nasty bug season this year.
Anyway, to the point, we just ordered new fly masks, with ears, for both horses as we had previously used a non-eared mask for Aero and hadn't gotten one at all for Yahzi yet. Prevention is the best medicine and the only true way to keep them off/out of their ears is to use a barrier, like an eared mask.
It's going to be awful this year. I didn't get my scheduled first shipment of predators until after the flies had already started (any normal year it would have been fine). I just ordered some new masks too and one for Missy when riding, she gets in quite the snit over any near her ears. Also ordered a gallon of the only fly spray I've found that works. No doubt I will be going through it in a hurry.

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This has been the first year that we have had much of a problem with them - and they are HORRIBLE already. I fear we are in for a long and nasty bug season this year.
Anyway, to the point, we just ordered new fly masks, with ears, for both horses as we had previously used a non-eared mask for Aero and hadn't gotten one at all for Yahzi yet. Prevention is the best medicine and the only true way to keep them off/out of their ears is to use a barrier, like an eared mask.

I'm not sure if Fly Predator takes care of those types of flies but I'm trying it right now and I have to say it is a good product. This time last year the flies were already horrible, don't want to go through that again. I put the Fly Predator out 2 weeks ago and I've noticed a tremendous improvement. You have to put it out once a month and just ordered my next batch.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 08:59 AM
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It's going to be awful this year. I didn't get my scheduled first shipment of predators until after the flies had already started (any normal year it would have been fine). I just ordered some new masks too and one for Missy when riding, she gets in quite the snit over any near her ears. Also ordered a gallon of the only fly spray I've found that works. No doubt I will be going through it in a hurry.
Pray tell - which fly spray is this of which you speak??
Between the lack of any sort of actual freeze through the winter and the early, excessively warm/wet spring that we have had the bugs are already out in full force.......bleh!
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B-Free of Flies, it's pretty good stuff and not terribly expensive. I ordered from United Vet.

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Here are the flies I speak of...

Can any one I.D these little bastids?

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 12:27 PM
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It's really not that easy to tell from your picture, but my guess would be they are black flies/buffalo gnats. Either way, their identity won't change how to prevent/minimze the damage they do.
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