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post #1 of 6 Old 06-15-2013, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Bug Light? Black fly problem

My mini is being bitten by black flies, I am using a good quality spray on her but wondered if one of those bug zapper lights might be good. Or...do they actually attract the black flies?
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No idea about the light. I use one of those bags that you put water in, but it doesn't seem to get all that many.
I'd get a fly sheet for him/her.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-16-2013, 07:10 AM
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Bug zapper doesn't work. The blackflies are zeroing in on body heat, carbon dioxide.
With all the rain and cool weather they are pretty vicious.


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From all I have read, these black fly traps really do work but you have to keep them emptied.

They are very expensive (around $250 + shipping) but, they can be built a lot cheaper.


I'm not one to sheet my horses in the summer heat/humidity but, I agree sheeting might be a great idea for the Minis, if you can find something that is really light weight.

I have also read the black flies seem to be more attracted to darker horses. If you do sheet your Minis buy something light colored, even if it does show the dirt

Further to being attracted to "dark", note the ball on the fly trap above is black. The boring person doing the video states a dark colored ball is important to attract the flies

I have yet, to find a fly spray that keeps those Bombers off the horses they are impervious to anything

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Yes, they are attracked to dark colors. Our almost white mare is bothered a lot less and even our bay tobiano. Our 2 sorrel horses with little white are hunted terribly by the horse flies, and no spray helps. They are easy to smack and kill when they land, though.
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I don't think we are talking about the same fly. Black flies are tiny little things that leave welts the size of half dollars on me. They are about the size of straight pin head.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_fly

They are swarming outside now with all the rain and cool weather we have had. Nearly impossible to breathe without sucking them in. People and animals have been known to go insane with the biting.
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