Mosquitoes! - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 09-09-2013, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Casa Grande, Arizona
Posts: 757
• Horses: 5
Mosquitoes!

So we have a mosquito problem... A really really bad mosquito problem. Basically we have 20 acres out in the desert surrounded by state land and hay fields. Well the guy that owns the hay fields just let's water stand almost all the time. The channels that run water to the fields leak and so water runs into the fields even when their not irrigating. The front 100 ft or so of the fields are just marsh. You can see where the machines just go around the water. This is where all the mosquitoes are coming from. It's so bad that when you walk outside you can see black clouds of them and you can even hear all of them "humming". The poor horses get eaten alive. We spray them down every night, but that's not enough. Their whole body and legs are just black and red with mosquitoes.and in the morning they have bumps everywhere. I feel so bad for them! I wish I could get them full body/neck fly blankets, i just don't have any money for that right now..

Sorry it's long.. Just kinda had to rant about it... If anyone had any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

Gal on the move (aka Angel), American paint mare, 1991 - 2017
Wc jae bar drifter (aka Jinxx), American quarter horse gelding, 2011 - current
Rockin the rocker (aka Twig), American quarter horse gelding, 1994 - 2011
ThunderingHooves is offline  
post #2 of 5 Old 09-09-2013, 10:39 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,176
• Horses: 0
Would bats thrive in your area? Some have had success combating mosquitoes by handing bat houses. They sleep all day in the houses and spend their night eating bugs. Sounds like a big time buffet waiting for them there.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
MyBoyPuck is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 09-09-2013, 10:46 PM
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 17,293
• Horses: 0
Add dish detergent to the water. It doesn't take much to destroy the surface tension which the mosquito's depend on for reproduction. If you have a spare 45 gallon barrel, build a smudge in it but only when the air is calm. Use old hay or straw and manure that is on the dry side. This will smoke like mad and drive the mosquitoes away. Perhaps it kills them. Because the smoke is cold smoke it will rise about 20' then drop down. I don't put the barrel in the pasture as the horses try to help it make more smoke. I don't need their help.



Saddlebag is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 09-09-2013, 10:48 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: OK
Posts: 13,825
• Horses: 9
Dreamcatcher Arabians is online now  
post #5 of 5 Old 09-10-2013, 12:19 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 1,035
• Horses: 1
We are having a similar problem right now and decided to try a product called cedarcide and are having pretty good luck with it. I have no steak in promoting the product. We ordered it online.

One of our horses is just going crazy right now, he really hates the bugs!
Roux is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Arg! Mosquitoes MAG1723 Horse Health 5 03-28-2013 04:54 PM
Ways to keep Mosquitoes and Bugs out of the Cave if I dont put up a screen nyg052003 General Off Topic Discussion 0 04-18-2012 06:56 PM
Mosquitoes! newhorsemom Horse Health 10 07-11-2008 12:14 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome