Fly spray is up to thirty two dollars where I live.... Does anyone know a good DIY fly spray recipe?
Where do you get the permethrin from is like to try thisThe price of fly spray has gone through the roof. A gallon of Ultra Shield EX is close to $100 a gallon (when you add in the governors part), and a gallon of Endure is higher than that. The active ingredient is Permithrin (for the most part).
Fly spray has been one of my higher expenses of keeping horses, and I often spent well over $600 a year on fly spray.
No more! I now buy a quart of 10% permithrin for around $20 and mix 2.5 ounces with 50/50 pine sol and water in a 32 ounce spray bottle. When I started experimenting with the mixture I added 1/2 ounce of permithrin with 50/50 pine sol and water but at this mix rate I'd have to reapply every day. So I upped it 1/2 at a time until I got the results I wanted at 2.5 ounces of permithrin. At this mix rate is seems to last a week to 10 days before the tails start swirling briskly and the whelps from the bites appear.
My last buy was the 36% permethrin which reduces the cost even more. Haven't started figuring the mix on it yet but I'm guessing it'll be somewhere around an ounce or below per 32 ounces of pine sol and water.
This is pennies on the dollar compared to the top brands.
Nope. Fed my mare apple cidersoaked cubes for gut PH. it made no difference. InSoCal bot flies are brutal, I used citorilla oil.I've heard feeding apple cider vinegar can help deter insects from inside out - I'm yet to try this myself but friends have said it works for them.
Ditto ^^^^. We are probably the fortunate few who can dump the manure far away. Mine is clear over in another pasture in a bowl and there aren’t even any flies over there. An old section of the pile is wallpapered with Milk Thistle which feeds wild honey bees, a small population of Swallow Tail Butterflies, some Monarchs, and a pair of Gold Finches occasionally hang out there. So there’s more to a manure pile than composting and flies🤠🤠I also spray the stalls with it and that, along with keeping stalls mucked out and clean really seem to reduce the amount of flys in the barn.......one other thing......don't deposit manure near the barn.......take it at least 100 yards away and scatter it.