How do you get rid of horse flies & deer flies?
Posted 05 June 2009 - 10:33 PM
If any of you have dealt a blow to either types of flies, or have suggestions for dealing with them, I'd love to hear it!
Posted 06 June 2009 - 12:57 AM
They aren't here yet but no doubt they are on the way. They are horrible! I don't think they pay too much attention to fly sprays. I have a quarter horse that is so skin sensitive that he will welt up and suffer like you cannot believe so I cover him with mesh cooler/sheet and fly mask and load him up with sprays. Heaven helped me when I was riding him and we were bit. I about kissed my arse goodbye. In the worst part of the day I get him inside before they launch their attack. They don't come in the barn for some reason as a rule, I think the fans help a lot.
I too am leary about using too much insectiside on my mare and foal and using fly masks on them the way the foal jumps all over her, he could easily get tangled up, so I will be watching closely, (all the horses), and get them back in the comfort of their barn when I see these dive bombers coming after them. I can't think of anything else to do about it.
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 07:08 AM
Posted 06 June 2009 - 07:52 AM
What I am really noticing is face flies, all around horses' eyes. Just drive me crazy (and them too). I've been using the Endure roll on, but flies are back an hour later it seems. Maybe I need a fresh bottle....
Fly masks & sheets are a great alternative if you have an especially sensitive horse - like Sonny - or just a few horses. Too many horses here to even go there.......
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 08:34 AM
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:03 AM
Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:04 AM
Anybody got any ideas for things like face flies on the legs? my mini mule gets scads of little sores on her lower legs from the bites. I spray, and an hour later, it's like I did nothing. I've considered putting wraps around her lower legs just to keep the beggers off!
Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:50 AM
I don't know where you can find them, but I have seem mesh leg wraps (just velcro on like shipping boots) for keeping flies off the lower legs.
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 02:31 PM
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