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.
I second Absorbine Ultrashield (black bottle). It's kind of my trusty ol' flyspray.
Pyrahna WORKS, but my appy has reactions to it, so it's out.
I picked up a bottle of Espree natural flyspray at TSC recently because it was on sale. It smells good and works okay for an all-natural, plus has sunscreen and aloe in it, which is good for my sensitive skinned boy.
I used Ultrashield Green foe awhile several years ago, and the best thing about it was the smell.
Repel-X is always reliable too.
Flysect Citronella. I don't have to kill the wee beasties, just get 'em to go elsewhere! Failing that, in the ultimate height of deerfly season if I MUST ride into the woods, good old-school Farnam Wipe is still the only thing guaranteed to work. Just don't let anyone light a match near your horse!
Equispot worked wonders on the 30+ horse farm where I rode in VA. We actually starting using it because one of the new arrivals brought lice with them (in some sort of dormant stage), and Equispot not only took care of the lice but flies as well. It seems to be like Badger Balm for horses.
I make my own with water, vinegar, Pine Sol, and neem oil. Equal parts of the first three and a squirt of neem. It's great as a stall/aisle spray and I've used it on horses without any adverse reactions. It even works well without the oil.
I used to use Absorbine Ultrashield until I moved to the land of the Ironman Flies. I don't know what sort of suped-up genetics these guys have here but very few fly sprays deter them. I switched to Pyrranah. It makes an oily mess out of the horse, but it works longer than 15 minutes, which is the ultimate goal.
Happiness is the sweet smell of horses, leather, and hay.
Tritech 14. I need something that kills deer ticks. The horse hates the smell of Absorbine and rolls to rub it right off. I don't like RepelX. So, we went with Tritech. Works well here, Dobbin doesn't mind it, so it's a win-win!
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