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  • Cluster fly predators
  • What is the best fly spray for horses in southeast texas?

 
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    05-12-2011, 09:13 PM
  #11
QOS
Green Broke
Ugh...Flies are disgusting. We had plenty of those - a deer fly bit the snot out of me Saturday and they were chewing Biscuit's back in one spot so I started putting SWAT on it to keep them from making a sore. Since he is a palomino it is easy to see the blood bites on his legs poor guy. I am spraying him with Pyranha spray but flies and mosquitoes go hand and hand with se Texas!
     
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    05-17-2011, 03:29 AM
  #12
Weanling
I rode outside today and it was brutal, swarms of mosquitoes everywhere. I was doused in bug-off spray and the horse in two loads of fly-spray and we were surrounded! The only thing that worked was quickly galloping away, but you don't really want to teach your horse to gallop away, so it's not a good solution.... I think the whole summer's supposed to be like this, which means it's going to be miserable! I'm itching so much as a write this =( Would love to find a solution!
     
    05-17-2011, 07:53 AM
  #13
Banned
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Originally Posted by Magaidh    
Alwaysbehind, does that thing capture different types of flies or just Greenheads? What types do you find it helps control?
Mine catches all kinds of big biting things. Lots of horse flies.
     
    05-23-2011, 02:50 PM
  #14
Weanling
Hi Brighteyes. Where in Georgia are you? I live in N.W. Georgia near Calhoun.

We rode Saturday over at Dry Creek and was swarmed by switchblade mouth deer flys. They were like attack jets getting us. We had sprayed lots of fly spray, and used eared fly bonnets. We ended up cutting limbs with leaves and putting them under the bridle and letting the leaves flop around in front of the ears and behind the ears. That helped. I also cut a longer limb with leaves that I swished around her neck,head/shoulders/butt. She never spooked with the swishing and seems to KNOW I was helping her with the flys. I sure wish they would come up with a fly spray that actually did what is said it does. THEY ALL LIE!!

Rhonda
     
    05-23-2011, 04:26 PM
  #15
Yearling
I'm having an especially horrible fly problem, but mine does'nt have to do with my horses or even outside. I have a cluster fly problem in my house. I have a sliding glass door and two floor to cieling windows that stretch about 20 feet across the entire room. The flys gather behind the curtains. When I pull them back, to massacre the bunch, it's absolute mayhem until I've killed every last one . Doesn't matter though, because a couple hours later there will be a new bunch to take their place. Then there's at least ten at a time that escape their safe place to buzz around the house, in your face, land on your food, all that fun stuff. I'm probably going to order the Cluster Buster. Funny name, but it's gotten good reviews.
     
    05-23-2011, 05:01 PM
  #16
Banned
We had a cluster fly problem. It has gotten to be much less of a problem.

Fly predators say they do not know they work on cluster flies but they have heard they help. Not sure if it was the predators or something else but we bought extra predators and put them around the house and now our cluster fly population is 1/16th what it used to be. Those cluster flies are a pain, cluster flies make me want to scream.
     
    05-23-2011, 05:10 PM
  #17
Showing
I rotate fly sprays. Just like with wormers, flies get desensitized to particular wormers and it's best to keep switching so they can never get too used to one particular scent.

I also have these bug bands, they're like bracelets that you wear on your wrist. Tried them yesterday on trail for the first time, and that in combination with fly spray left me with not a single bug bite or fly infestation!
     
    05-23-2011, 07:28 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
We had a cluster fly problem. It has gotten to be much less of a problem.

Fly predators say they do not know they work on cluster flies but they have heard they help. Not sure if it was the predators or something else but we bought extra predators and put them around the house and now our cluster fly population is 1/16th what it used to be. Those cluster flies are a pain, cluster flies make me want to scream.
I don't live on the farm, I am actually in the city, and the only poop around my house is my dogs. I don't know if fly predators would work in that kind of environment. Although that seems like a good idea for the property that my horses are on, there was a bad fly problem last year.

Upon closer inspection and a little research, I think I might just have the common house fly, as their wings do not overlap behind them but go out to the sides in a v shape. They are displaying the same behavior that I read about the cluster fly though, in that they collect by the dozens in my window.
     
    05-23-2011, 08:21 PM
  #19
Weanling
Where do you put the Biting Fly Traps mentioned earlier? In the sun? Inside the barn? I think I might try one or two this summer and see if I can keep the Mrs from using rotten meat traps. I really don't like the smell of those things!
     
    05-23-2011, 08:27 PM
  #20
Trained
I've had some success putting Bounce dryer sheets under my horse's bridle head piece. More recently I've heard of the development of mint based fly control. Supposedly flies hate mint. I'm thinking of growing some, smashing it up and putting in a little pouch to see what happens.
     

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