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post #1 of 10 Old 07-07-2009, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Mosquito bite problem

Hello all!

So its summertime and of course we all know that means bugs (YAY.....) Anyways, i fly spray rocky every time i go out to the barn and i've been putting SWAT around his eyes and ears. The issue i'm having is the mosquitos. They're biting him on his neck and chest and the bites are swelling up a bit. They don't seem to bother him too much (he's not rubbing a bunch of hair off or anything), but i feel bad that he's getting bitten so much and that they seem to be swelling. What else can i do to try and keep the mosquitos from biting him so much?

thanks for any/all help
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-07-2009, 05:57 PM
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You're doing all you can. All of our horses are that way right now too. As long as he isn't getting alergic reactions, I wouldn't worry.

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-07-2009, 06:56 PM
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We have that problem at my barn as well. One of the boarders puts some kind of generic ointment on her horses neck. I cant think of what it is right now for the life of me. Its like vaseline. but im not 100% sure. I'll try to find out if i see her. But it works REALLY well with the nats and misquotes bites!

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-07-2009, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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stormy: oo alright. that makes me feel better. he doesn't seem too bothered by them so i guess i'll just keep spraying him and wait them out.

jillyann: if you could find out the name that would be great. just in case he starts getting really bothered by them
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-08-2009, 12:04 AM
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I have the same problem too, Pharoah,my arabian is allergic to bug bites and it leaves really bad bumps on him, I use "horse and pony" fly spray this stuff is great its sweat and water proof so I only have to spray them down once a day and he doesnt have all the welts on him from those nasty little mosquitos

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-08-2009, 10:09 AM
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The best thing I've found to control mosquitoes has nothing do with horses but land management. I switched my water to two 50 gallon buckets that I fill up with every standing water. We also keep everything mowed really short and burn every speck of dead brush or limbs laying around the property. That seems to really help the mosquito population because they have nowhere to breed. If you are a boarder though all that is impossible. I also use fly boots and masks and I never braid tails during the summer that way they have a good swatter.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-09-2009, 12:12 AM
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hotreddun: I agree with you totally.I live in the woods and bugs are bad.

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post #8 of 10 Old 07-09-2009, 06:46 AM
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There are propane powered mosquito attractors. They put off carbon dioxide and heat, which is what draws mosquitoes to us, and there is a vacuum. Biting bugs are drawn to it and vacuumed into a bag where they die.

To help with the mild reaction he has, you could add some omega 3 fatty acids.
Mare allergy mare did well on dac Oil and dac Bloom.

I also mix my own fly spray.
I use a concentrated fly spray and mix in citronella oil, skin-so-soft bath oil, listerine and laser sheen.

My horses have done so well on dac that I became a rep. Stand behind 'em 110%.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-09-2009, 08:58 AM
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Try adding some apple cider vinegar to whatever fly/bug spray you are using. Our old rancher friends told us about that this year since the bugs are really bad and it does help, especially on our short haired sorrel mare that gets lots of welts from the bugs.

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-09-2009, 12:32 PM
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Agree with hotreddun. Also Apis Mellifica, which can be bought at any health food store works wonders on insect bites. It comes in a liquid that you squirt into their mouth. Within an hour the bumps are gone!

We take it ourselves for wasp or bee stings.
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