Feed Through Fly Control
Fly season is here, and I wanted to try and get a thread up here for other users and myself for fly products that work and don't work. So tell us what you have used and what you like, and dislike.
I know there are several products out there for feed through fly control. I was curious to what others have used and how well they do, or don't like the products.
Also there are a lot of spray on fly-sprays, what ones do you like, and dislike?
Another one I have heard of, but not used is adding Garlic powder to their feed. Anyone else done this or heard of it?
What about the Apple Cider Vinegar?
I'm trying a feed thru called Bug Check this year. My horse gets tortured by the gnats on his belly. Fly spray just stings since he rubs himself raw, so that's pretty useless. I started him on it in March to let it work into his system. His belly is a little bitten up, but nowhere near as much as last year...yet. I increased the amount of bug check to try and find the optimum amount. Time will tell.
Right now I'm using Endure fly spray and so far I'm liking it. More later when it stops raining and I'm able to do a horse fly and tick check again.
I did notice a decrease in ticks when I did a pasture check on Sam though.
We'll see x)
I wasn't there when this happened but one year my trainer put all of the horses on a feed through fly control and they all started colicking. We have never used it since, and I think it typically works best if everyone in the barn is using it.
For sprays I have used Equi-sect and Bronco and liked them both.
For feed thrus, I've tried Simplify, which works great, but only if all of the horses on the property are on it. My favorites for fly spray are the Ultra Shield EX and the Country Vet Active Equine fly spray. The potency of fly spray is based on the amount of pyrethrins in it, which are the fly repelling chemicals. Both the Ultrashield and the Country Vet have .50 % pyrethrins in them, which is one of the highest amounts you can get. The higher the pyrethrin percentage, the better and longer the flyspray works. Fly sprays like Bronco are cheaper because they're only .06 % pyrethrins, so they work pretty poorly. You're better off spending the money and buying the good stuff with a high pyrethrin count. Just look on the flyspray label, it'll say the pyrethrin count right on the front.
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