I'm writing a paper this week and the topic is to review a product. I figured there's a lot of different fly sprays out there so I'm looking for an outstanding one to review for my paper. Any favorites out there or not so favorties? You don't have to tell me why in detail, just little snippets are fine and then I'll do my own research (:
None are outstanding IMO. I've had the same success with plain old Repel-X as I have with the newer, fancier ones. I will say that perhaps the aerosol products with picaridin have worked perhaps slightly better than the usual pyrethrin-based ones, but the difference is small and none of them are effective (again IME) for more than about 15 minutes.
I control flies using feed-throughs, predators, traps, and bait and usually don't bother with fly spray other than maybe right before competing. I do use "OFF" for mosquitoes and deer flies with decent success. DEET is the real deal.
Here's a different one for ya...I once read that placing a scented dryer sheet on their halter or bridle (looks funny but heck, if it works...) keeps the bugs away from their head.... I tried it and it was effective. Even if I got funny stares
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I use Endure and find that it's fairly effective. It also keeps off ticks which is what I use it for more than the fly repellent qualities. I use solitude as a feed through, fly predators, traps and good manure management to keep the flies down.
Tritec. I grew up in and now live again in the land of mosquitoes and sand gnats and bugs. I've tried everything. I prefer Tritec. In fact, in early December and just last week, I was spraying my 2 horses. Something I've never had to do before in December and January.
Endure is just as good but it leaves an oily sheen on my horses, one of which is "white," so that doesn't bode well for when he rolls in the dirt.