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        05-30-2014, 02:02 AM
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    Weanling
    Feel bad for the horses

    I can't help but feel bad for Angel and Jinxx. We live next to some hay fields and the doesn't control his water. The dams are cracked and leak water. This creates little marsh areas where the mosquitoes like to breed. He is well aware of the situation, but just doesn't want to do anything about it.

    We've talked to him before, but he just doesn't care since it doesn't affect him in any way. He claims it's too expensive since he has to spray the whole field. We had a mosquito specialist come out and survey the area and told both us and him that he only had to treat the marsh areas, but of course he doesn't listen and still insists he would have to spray the whole field.

    When we first moved here 8 years ago we had no mosquitoes, but about 6 years ago is when they started and each year they get worse and worse. And each year they come out earlier and stay longer. Now they're to the point that they're out about 8 months of the year.

    They get so bad that when you walk outside you become covered in them in seconds. At dusk if you look at the sun setting there is a black haze, all mosquitoes. You walk outside and there is a loud hum, again all mosquitoes. And the poor horses have to be out in it all the time.

    I want to give my horses the best possible care I can and I feel like I'm letting them down. I go out each morning and they're covered in bumps. Right now they each have a fly blanket with the mesh belly band, fly sheet neck attachments, fly masks, and fly boots along with being sprayed down with a heavy pyranha concentrate, yet they're still eaten alive by the mosquitoes. And in the summer months I can't really get any riding in since it's too hot during the day and bug infested the rest of the time. Sometimes it's even both.

    We've also tried to talk to the county, but they won't do anything since there "isn't enough people" out here. We have a big concern with west nile, and yes we do vaccinate for it. They say there isn't any threat of it out here, but it only takes one mosquito. There was also a girl about 5-6 miles away that did get west nile. I don't know how far mosquitoes fly, but 5-6 miles isn't all that far away.

    This is more of a rant, so sorry about that, but if anyone has any ideas or suggestions about this I would love to hear them.
         
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        05-30-2014, 02:26 AM
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    Thats casa grande for you (my home town). You can feed the horses small amounts of garlic and vinegar. Bugs don't like it (why they leave me alone. I LOVE garlic). I would talk to ALL your neighbors. Make things uncomfortable for him and make fixing things an easier option.
         
        05-30-2014, 02:27 AM
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    I've said this before -- mosquitoes (and a couple of other little nasties) should be taken right out of the food chain. On a more serious note, would you be prepared to arrange for spraying of the breeding ground at your expense if the owner gave permission (I'd get that in writing, of course)? Alternatively, perhaps you can look into getting some mosquito traps (one of my neighbours used to use them for the shelters where he kept his alpacas and apparently they did work). Lastly, you could set up smudges for the horses - old straw or hay does nicely, wetted down, then lit to smolder away for a few hours.
         
        05-30-2014, 02:30 AM
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    Get a BUNCH of the citronella candles. You may not need to light them because the melt in the heat as is XD! And I agree with the smudges. Manure and garbage also works. Good way to dispose of manure.
         
        05-30-2014, 02:49 AM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by KigerQueen    
    Thats casa grande for you (my home town). You can feed the horses small amounts of garlic and vinegar. Bugs don't like it (why they leave me alone. I LOVE garlic). I would talk to ALL your neighbors. Make things uncomfortable for him and make fixing things an easier option.
    You're probably familiar with the area we're in then. We're out a little past Francisco grande, heading out towards stanfield. We have talked to all the neighbors. We've all talked to him and he still doesn't do anything. He couldn't care less. He doesn't live here so he doesn't have to deal with them or live with them. I think he lives in Buckeye? We too love garlic and garlicky things, since we're partly Italian, but they still go after us and I refuse to spray myself down since I hate having the greasy feeling.

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    Originally Posted by Chevaux    
    I've said this before -- mosquitoes (and a couple of other little nasties) should be taken right out of the food chain. On a more serious note, would you be prepared to arrange for spraying of the breeding ground at your expense if the owner gave permission (I'd get that in writing, of course)? Alternatively, perhaps you can look into getting some mosquito traps (one of my neighbours used to use them for the shelters where he kept his alpacas and apparently they did work). Lastly, you could set up smudges for the horses - old straw or hay does nicely, wetted down, then lit to smolder away for a few hours.
    I agree that we could just do without them. My parents have talked about possibly spraying the fields, and joking about using round up, but we just don't have any extra money to spend. We're just trying to stay afloat as it is. Although he has also talked about getting a fogger for around the house and horses. I don't think we could really do any smudges either. We don't have much stuff to burn and we're always in and out of the property so I don't want to chance having a unsupervised fire. We've also used traps like that and found we just have way too many for them to be very effective.

    What I really would like to do along with the spray and fly attire is build a run in barn, I was thinking about a 12' x 30', and have a mesh curtain going across the open side. Mesh curtain kind of like this Kool Kurtains 36 in Panel Natural Weave - Horse.com But again the whole money thing comes into play again.
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        05-30-2014, 03:02 AM
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    You can buy the mosquito killing tablets cheap and dump them in the water (where the bugs are). Otherwise I would keep hounding the county. You can also contact the news. They love to get their hands on anything at this point. Publicity is good way to motivate people, and if he is breeding swarms of mosquitoes that can put peoples lives in danger (west nile and a slue of other things they carry) You have a story. Then EVERYONE knows about it and then the town will want something done about it.

    Side note I used to live up by girl scout mountain. On Waverly drive off of cox rd. I grew up there and lived in CG until about 13-14. I head down there every now and then to hang out with the Long Shots and see my grandparents. My dad used to have land in florence too.
         
        05-30-2014, 01:10 PM
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    Weanling
    I'm about 40 minutes from casa grande and now I'm worried! Scary stuff!

    That's certainly one for the news.
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        06-12-2014, 02:37 AM
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    My whole area is infested, literally bad because of all the rice fields, and then the lake, iv never seen so many, in the day if you go near the shade they will cover your whole body(even if its 110 degrees), when riding always wear sunglasses and never open your mouth there are giant swarms of them and you can hear a huge buzzing noise, literally there is a mosquito test zone bordering my property and the man there said they got 10 chickens and within 2 days 6 had west nile virus and the rest soon later got it, thank god it doesn't effect healthy horses only very young or old because there is no way even with an inoculation that my horses wouldn't get it. Thankfully iv only ever had one mosquito bite in my life on my face in kindergarten and the nurse thought I had ringworm and sent me to the emergency room
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        06-12-2014, 03:18 AM
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    ^ did not know that. My mare still get the WN shot. Garlic is and vinegar are your friends when it comes to blood suckers. Be careful with both as one can cause anemia and the other ulcers ig given too much to horses.
         
        06-12-2014, 12:21 PM
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    Weanling
    I guess I don't understand why this landowner is the "bad guy" because he won't spend money on mosquito control for your horses. I understand it is a pain for you & I sympathize with your horses, but if he is not legally obligated to address the issue he is absolutely within his rights not to. We live in the country, the mosquitoes are worse some years than others, depending on rainfall. In wet years there are a lot a marshy areas on both our property & our neighbors...just a fact of life.
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