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post #1 of 13 Old 04-17-2013, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Question Keeping flies away

How do you do to get rid of horse flies or to keep them aways of your horses?
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-17-2013, 08:21 AM
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Thus far this year in Minnesota, we have been using snow & freezing rain. Haven't had a fly yet so must be working!
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post #3 of 13 Old 04-17-2013, 08:27 AM
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We feed diatomaceous earth, as well as spreading it around and good pasture maintenance.
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post #4 of 13 Old 04-17-2013, 08:56 AM
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I understand it being good for exoskeleton bugs such as ants, fleas and roaches, but could not find any info showing it deterring or killing flies. I found where it has been effective in killing a lot of bacteria in farm animals when used a dewormer and such.


It is rather cheap in comparison so I think I will get some to spread around the house (inside and out) to keep the bugs out. I will, also, try it around the barn and poop storing piles to see if there is a difference.


Just have to talk the DW into doing it after the morning dew has lifted since it stops the effectiveness of it once it gets wet.

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prompt poop removal/fly predators in the poop pile, garlic and fly sheets!

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post #6 of 13 Old 04-17-2013, 02:48 PM
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Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
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post #7 of 13 Old 04-17-2013, 03:00 PM
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We always have an aweful time with flies because of a neighbor's compost pile and our inability to do anything about that. For our filly with a wound that can't be wrapped, I have been using SWAT on the wound itself, then spraying her with an all-natural fly spray (I didnt want chemicals all over her body all the time, because her Immune System is compromised) every other day. She is also being fed fresh, chopped garlic cloves every day. Keeping your horse on a low fat, low sugar diet will help as well.

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Thanks, I didn't see that site in my search...Very good to know and will get some on the way.

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I feed it to my dogs as well.
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-17-2013, 05:46 PM
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Well that's just interesting. Has anyone taken it themselves? No one near us sells it, can you order it?
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