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post #11 of 23 Old 05-10-2011, 11:35 AM
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I have used $5.95 a quart bottle to $25.00 a quart bottle. I have tried concentrates at $30.00 a gallon. The best fly spray repellant I ever used was a conbination of equal parts of Avon's Skin-So-Soft, Apple Cider Vinegar and water.
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post #12 of 23 Old 05-10-2011, 11:45 AM
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I like WIPE it's in a green bottle, but not a spray bottle, it's for track horses and it works really good.

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post #13 of 23 Old 05-10-2011, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by VintageMatch View Post
I like WIPE it's in a green bottle, but not a spray bottle, it's for track horses and it works really good.
I've heard of this, I think. Is this the stuff that you have to wear gloves to apply because it's so strong?
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post #14 of 23 Old 05-10-2011, 12:11 PM
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Depends on what I am trying to keep away.

Gnat and mosquitoes the only thing that works really well is Deep Woods Off.
For general fly stuff I use Pyranha aerosol can. I find it works much better than the other Pyranha.

At home I use fly predators so I do not have to use much fly spray.
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post #15 of 23 Old 05-10-2011, 01:38 PM
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Well a friend that I used to ride with actually used her own concoction of Citronella, vinegar, and skin so soft and it worked on both humans and horses and even dogs, I use it an my yearling and it is safe and he smells good to

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post #16 of 23 Old 05-13-2011, 01:02 AM
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I live on a dairy and the flys seem to get ammune to the sprays,but normallly what i've had work is. the pyrhana(sorry i cant spell tonight)in the yellow bottle, and something called Bug Block it in a purple bottle.i think its by absobotine..this year though im not having any luck, im thinking about the one's you apply down the animals topline,but i havent tried it yet. they are supposed to last for a month or better.
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post #17 of 23 Old 05-14-2011, 01:56 AM
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I LOVE Repel-X
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post #18 of 23 Old 05-14-2011, 10:28 AM
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I just got a new spray called equisect( I think that's how you spell it). It's all natural and it works better then any other spray I've used in the 7 years I've had my guy. I also like Bite Free in maroon bottle and repel-x. I hate bronco and Zonko. They didn't do a single thing. But my favorite things to do for my guy is 1. Good fly spray 2. Good fly mask(perferably with ear covers) 3. 1 cup of apple cider vinager in my horses feed at night ( and a little garlic for mosquitos). Works like a charm to keep the flys and mosquitos away (atleast in northern Illinois everywhere is diferent choose one that works for your area!)
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post #19 of 23 Old 05-14-2011, 10:51 AM
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In my experience, there are no 'great' fly (or bug) sprays that work as well or as long as advertised depending on the type of insect (flies, bees, mosquitoes, etc). Regardless of the brand, look at the active ingredient(s) to'll find a wide range of prices even when the active ingredient is the same. Most contain Permethrin, which is an insecticide/repellent. Earth friendly ones typically contain Citronella as a repellent, which is natural and non toxic. ACV is typically in home remedies and does repel a number of bugs as well as sooth stings.
Each of our mares is bothered by a different set of bugs, so we make a general mix of a Permethrin concentrate (cheapest we can find), Cirtonella based concentrate, and ACV to give the best overall effect.

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post #20 of 23 Old 05-29-2011, 03:15 PM
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I live in south Mississippi so it gets very buggy. I usually rotate around with different sprays because it's like they get immune to it if I use the same brand over and over. Right now I'm using one I've never used before called Trigger, it's supposed to be sweat and light rain resistant for several days. It seems to work great for the smaller flies, mosquitoes, and gnats but I have to spot reapply for the horse flies, mostly just on the legs and stomach it seems.
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