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post #1 of 5 Old 09-09-2013, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-09-2013, 10:39 PM
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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.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-09-2013, 10:46 PM
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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.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-10-2013, 12:19 AM
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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!
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