I really like the Absorbine Ultra-Shield Sport (in the blue bottle). For me, it actually does seem to work and last for several hours. It does exceptionally well against the terrible hoards of gnats we've had this year.
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I've been using Deo Lotion (7:1) with a small amout of permethrin 10 (about 1cc) in it. The Deo Lotion on its own doesnt repel ticks as to why i added the permethrin, not my tick issue is gone. And when needed Fly Rid Ointment. All have worked well so far this year.
I have used Absorbine Ultra Shield for a long time but it does not seem to work as well this year. So I will be trying Farnam Bite Free as other boarders at the ranch have said that works well.
I hate that producers/manufacturers of these items can state that they last 7 to 14 days. It would be nice if they lasted 7-14 hours. I am thinking we are lucky if they last that many minutes!
Are flies able to evolve to become immune to fly sprays? I am guessing if worms can become tolerant of de-wormers than flies can do something similar. I know they serve some sort of purpose in our ecosystem but I wish they didn't like horses or their manure at all!
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I used Equispot by Farnam and it is working wonders. I don't need any extra fly spray when I ride for the first week and a half. Right when it is almost time to put a new dose I do need some fly spray but it still repels the ticks.
None. I stopped buying fly spray a long time ago. My mare wears a fly mask with ears, fly boots, and SWAT along her belly. She has access to shelter so she goes inside when the bugs are bad. I got tired of wasting $$$$. I think bug spray companies run a huge marketing scam especially with their ridiculous claims .
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I spray this on the stall walls inside which horsies spend the day with their fans. The repellent and fan wind seems to do the trick. They go out at night when flies don't bother them. Having barn swallows by the hundred does not hurt either !
I love the Equicare Flysect Citronella spray, and it seems to be working well this year, but I'm also on my 2nd year of fly predators. I'm not sure if its the fly predators, or the cool weather we've been having so far this year, but I seem to be having NO fly problems this year.
I do put fly sheets on mine if its in the low 80's and also for night turnout. So far, so good, hopefully whatever I'm doing keeps working.
Last year was horrible, and I got so desperate that I finally bought the really bad fly bait granules and put that around places in the barn where I knew none of the animal could get into it. That stuff is nasty, but I found a LOT of dead flies under the bait stations!
Fly paper. On the horse I use what I have, which is Horse and Pony Spray from TSC, but I'd rather not use too much pesticide so the fly paper it is. Or captivator traps but the stanky stuff isn't always consistent.
That's what I've been using since last summer. Lovesit.
Me, too! My horse is kept on a farm surrounded by thick brush, forested areas, and swamp. The bugs are horrendous, but this product is the only thing that actually gives him some temporary relief. It definitely doesn't last 24 + hours like it's supposed to, but we can go for a ride without him being eaten alive.
Absorbine Ultrashield in the black bottleis still working for me and doesn't irritate my gelding's skin. I found great no-name fly spray at Runnings that killed flieson contact, but it bothered my horse's skin. The two geriatric cowhorses with skin of iron get that, and it does quite well for them.