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Why does SWAT work so well against biting flies but not fly spray?

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  • Why does SWAT work so well against biting flies but not fly spray?

    What's the "magic" ingredient? Or it just because it's in an ointment and not a spray?

  • #2
    Same ingredients, but thicker base offers more physical barrier?


    • #3
      Thicker base also prevents evaporation of magic ingredients, or sun degradation. Pyrethrin/permethrin are pretty fragile compounds. The more you can do to protect them, the longer they stick around to repel insects.


      • #4
        The thickness definitely provides some physical protection as well. Same reason some barns use Vaseline or poultice on their horses' bellies and legs to deter fly bites.
        Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


        • #5
          Yup, Yup and Yup. Agree!!
          "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


          • #6
            I think that swat works better than fly spray because fly spray can evaporate, or get sweated off of your horses hair, where as swat just stays put and is not as affected by sweat.


            • Original Poster

              Darn, I was hoping for a magic ingredient that could then be searched for in fly spray. I already use RepelX, but it doesn't do much for very long for my white colored guy. I don't think he wants to be dipped in SWAT or wear a flysheet while being ridden.


              • #8
                I use Human OFF and it seems to do a pretty good job on biting flies and it lasts for a good 3-4 hours. It's pricey though.
                "You'll never see yourself in the mirror with your eyes closed"


                • #9
                  OP: there are some fly sheets designed to be ridden in. They kinda look like turnout fly sheets, but have areas for saddle and girth, etc. Google it

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tabula rashah View Post
                    I use Human OFF and it seems to do a pretty good job on biting flies and it lasts for a good 3-4 hours. It's pricey though.
                    Me, too. DEET is the only thing that works, but I don't use it often. I am trying the DEET-free version with "oil of lemon eucalyptus" as the magic ingredient to see if that is any better. It has a nicer scent than Deep Woods Off.


                    • #11
                      Human bug repellants with DEET definitely seem to be the only things that work on those nasty biting flies that are especially prevalent in and around wooded areas.
                      Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO