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post #1 of 10 Old 10-08-2020, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Fly spray that works on gnats

We're having a lot of problems with gnats right now. In addition to all the normal flies. Does anyone have a recommendation for a fly spray that works on gnats? I use Farnam Endure right now, but I feel like it's not working on the gnats.

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-08-2020, 11:01 AM
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When I hear gnats, I think of the little black bugs that attach on the horse's chest, ears, between the legs, and under the chin - are you talking about these, or just gnats that swarm and are annoying?

If they are the little bloodsucker's - bag balm or Vaseline (Vick's is also good where there is NO open wounds) wherever the gnats are attaching that the horses can't get to. The downside is that dirt finds it's way into the goop and makes a dirty, sticky mess, but it does the job and provides horses some relief.
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-08-2020, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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To be honest, since they are so tiny, I don't know which kind they are. They are definitely swarming around the horses, and they particularly seem to like to swarm around their bellies. They are tiny and dark and two of my three guys are dark, so I don't know if they are actually landing and attaching.

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post #4 of 10 Old 10-08-2020, 11:43 AM
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We've had decent results using Pyranha Insecticide in the aerosol can.
Tall yellowish colored can is the one I have.
We sprayed the horses in the evening just after supper-feeding time and would allow them back out to graze till 10:00PM, then brought them home to the paddock overnight.
We had gnats and no-see-ums to contend with...horses came in not bit up or with welts.
Regular style fly spray with the trigger spritzer did not work the same, somehow there is a difference in the formula..
The aerosol can worked better than anything else tried to this point...
https://www.pyranhainc.com/products/...a-insecticide/

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post #5 of 10 Old 10-08-2020, 11:50 AM
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I like the Absorbine UltraShield spray. It is pricey, but it is reported that it keeps flies of for 14 days. I feel that it keeps all flies off for 7 days, but then I see some horn flies from the cattle back on horses. Not a great deal, but less than 5 at a time.
Often I will see the horses twitch their skin and I cannot find what is on them. So, it does a really good job.
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-08-2020, 01:13 PM
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You are in central Texas wher I used to live? Are they horn flies? The millions of tiny blood sucking black flies that swarm around and hang out on cattle (and horses) ? I hate them. I used a pour on called Y-Tex Brute Pour on for cattle and horses you can get at TSC. You measure out the amount and pour along the top line. It lasts for 5 - 7 days. You are not supposed to ride the horse the 1st 24 hours. I use it on my dairy cow too, works great.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-08-2020, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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@AragoASB thanks for the recommendation, I will look into that product. Yes I'm in Central Texas. I am not entirely sure what they are, just that they are tiny and annoying. I don't remember seeing them at our old facility.

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-08-2020, 01:34 PM
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I forgot to add that the name of it is Y-Tex Brute.

There are also some kind of hateful little tiny gnats that will plague places a horse cannot reach like the edges of their ears or on the chest above where they can touch themselves with their nose. The gnats keep after it and make a crusty place that excites the gnats even more. Just a good spray on that spot with just about any repelant takes care of that.
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-09-2020, 09:50 AM
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I used a pour on down the back of my horses twice, Ultra Boss. It worked well, but they seemed to be really sore where I poured it. That must feel awful to have a sort of chemical burn or an intense itch that you cannot reach.. As I ran the brush down their back and rump, they would duck their spine down so that I did not rub hard. So, I did not use it again. I hope the other pour ons don't have that effect.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-09-2020, 08:20 PM
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I did not see that behavior with my Arab stallion or mini stallion using Y-Tex Brute. I also did not see any flies/gnats for 5 days. I did not put saddles on them for the 1st 24 hours as directed.
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