Flies and other insects can be a big problem around a barn. In order to control them, you have to attack them on many fronts.
One big thing you can do is to keep the barn area clean. Manure draws flies. Make sure you keep your stalls and surrounding area free of manure and soiled bedding. Keep your manure pile as far from the barn as possible
Another thing you can do is to get rid of standing water. Make sure you change the water in your troughs often, dump out buckets and tubs, and watch for standing water after a rain.
To protect your horse from insects, many people use fly masks, fly sheets, fly boots, fly spray and more.
When selecting a fly spray, get one that is right for you and your horse. Try to get one that targets the insects you wish to control and is appropriate for your horse’s situation. If you horse is working hard, or outside, try a sweat resistant spray. If your horse has sensitive skin, an all-natural spray, or a fly sheet may work best. Make sure you follow directions for how much and how often to apply. Pay particular attention to lower legs.
When applying to the face, roll ons or creams may work best. There are also special fly control products for wounds. Ask your vet before applying anything to deep cuts or stitches.
Some people have luck with fly predators, or feed through fly control. The feed through fly control works by getting in the manure. Feed-through chemicals work to prevent the development of fly larvae so that they will not become adult flies.
In your barn, you can use fly strips, fly traps, metered sprays or fly repellant sticks such as BugPellent.
You may have to try several different products before you find what works best for you and your horse.
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