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Is there ANYTHING that will repel horseflies??

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  • Is there ANYTHING that will repel horseflies??

    They're back! I was really hoping that our freakishly cold weather this winter would've decimated the horsefly larvae, but apparently not. We had our first sighting yesterday evening - one about the size of my cat - that stalked us for a good 500 yards or so. I can't bring myself to swat them with my bare hand so I was trying to smack it with the end of my crop, to no avail. My sweet gelding knew I was pathetically trying to help, so he stood beggingly still other than pointing out where the offender had landed next.
    Is there ANYTHING that will keep these creatures off of myself and the horses?? We were both doused with Farnam Repel-X AND a mix of oils (citronella, lemongrass, etc).

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    Originally posted by ASBnTX View Post
    Is there ANYTHING that will keep these creatures off of myself and the horses?? We were both doused with Farnam Repel-X AND a mix of oils (citronella, lemongrass, etc).
    WIPE in the oil (not water based) applied daily as well as Freedom or Spot on every 14 days

    Tamara in TN
    Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
    I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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    • #3
      Spray that contains pyrethrins (like Endure) will help some but not a great deal. Not many sprays repel horse flies or deer flies. Your best bet is to trap and kill as much as possible, and spray Endure to offer additional protection. Now you will need traps that are designed to trap/kill them. The regular traps designed for house flies, stable flies, or black flies won't work. I recommend HorsePal. Google it and you should find it. We have a couple of them at our property and they make a huge difference.

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      • #4
        Horse flies are sight flies, not scent flies. So your best defense is to trap them and minimize their breeding grounds (near swamps/ponds).

        My horse HATES these flies, so when it's super-duper-bad horse fly season, I also ride in a quarter sheet made of fly sheet material. It's not a perfect defense, but it usually gives me time to smack the fly and/or dismount before the onslaught ensues.
        Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/

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        • #5
          When I do presentations on Fly Control for Spalding Fly Predators I get a lot of inquiries about horse flies.

          I hear some positive results on people using the Epps trap and the Horse Pal traps.

          Horse flies are water breeders. I have some folks who tell me they have used the mosquito dunks in some small ponds to control breeding with success.
          Larry Garner
          Spalding Fly Predators

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            #6
            The Horse Pal looks pretty interesting... I board so I'd have to talk to my BO and see if they might want to spring for a couple/few.

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            • #7
              I have heard that Geranium oil works well as a repellant. But it's very strong, so just two or three drops in a bottle of fly spray is enough.

              Caitlin
              Caitlin
              *OMGiH I Loff my Mare* and *My Saddlebred Can Do Anything Your Horse Can Do*
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              • #8
                I have had great luck with the biting fly trap the hubby built!

                Linky

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by trubandloki View Post
                  I have had great luck with the biting fly trap the hubby built!

                  Linky
                  I was going to suggest this as well. I spent a lot of time researching last year as we get a LOT of deer flies, horse flies, and those GIANT whatever they are. UF did a study and found this:

                  http://ufinsect.ifas.ufl.edu/deerfly_trap.htm

                  Unfortunately, it has to be MOVING to really get them to come.
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                  • #10
                    That trap looks nifty.

                    The rental stable down the street uses clay mud plasters. That's right, they smear a thick layer of mud on the horse's croup/hindquarters. I guess the flies can't bite through it and tend to move within smacking distance to get a meal.
                    Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
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                    • #11
                      My trap works wonders (now if only my MIL would stop opening it and letting the bugs free because she feels bad for the non-horseflies that get caught )
                      Also, the human OFF applied where the horse flies like to land seems to help
                      "You'll never see yourself in the mirror with your eyes closed"

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                      • #12
                        KrazyTBMare's link is what I used for several years when I lived on a god-forsaken island off the coast of Georgia. They don't have to be MOVING (as in travelling) as long as you can get them to jiggle in the wind, or swing from a string.

                        The first year I used it I never thought it would make THAT much of a difference but after two days I had trapped so many deer and horse flies that the sticky surface was gone and I had to make another one. and another. and another. There's no way to count them but my guess was I was trapping over 100 a day at the start when populations were high. My most successful traps were gallon-sized milk jugs and my 5 gallon water-cooler jug. Spray-painted black, then coated with the Tangle-foot. I suspended them on top of plastic stakes like you would use to tie up tomatoes. That way every little breeze jiggled them a little. Tried hanging them with twine from a tree limb, but the best placement is full sun, near where horses congregate - my most successful trap was just across the fenceline from the water. DO NOT put it where the horses can get to it. Tanglefoot is impossible to get off your horse. And you, too. Wear gloves when you make the traps!

                        The problem of course is when you go off trail riding and get chased when you are far away from your trap. When I would drive I could "troll" with a stick/trap on my cart. But riding? No chance. I had my best luck riding with a fly whisk. I've occasionally ridden with a plastic fly swatter!

                        I really love PA.
                        Last edited by oldpony66; May. 30, 2010, 12:05 PM. Reason: wrong qutoe!

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                        • #13
                          go to the sticky above and buy thomas 1 secret recipe for a good cuase and horse will benefit also works

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Larry Garner View Post
                            When I do presentations on Fly Control for Spalding Fly Predators I get a lot of inquiries about horse flies.

                            I hear some positive results on people using the Epps trap and the Horse Pal traps.

                            Horse flies are water breeders. I have some folks who tell me they have used the mosquito dunks in some small ponds to control breeding with success.
                            Thanks for sharing that about the mosquito dunks. I use the mosquito bits in a lot of areas that are low, but not always wet. I'll increase the areas I use that in, as it certainly won't hurt.

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                            • #15
                              South Ga

                              Here I make my rounds with the UF deer fly trap, I use the blue dixie cups on a stick with the goo all over it and just toss it in the trash when the day is done.
                              And I have 4 Epps biting fly traps for the other horse fly creatures. I have an auto misting contraption for the barn halls and individual stalls. All these efforts actually puts a dent in the fly popluations but I have to say they are still here every year!

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                              • #16
                                This is GREAT to know!! I have wanted to try making these but thought they had to be literally traveling. I cannot WAIT to make them now. Its like right around 5-6pm, as the sun starts to set, the greenheads come out in full force!! I just saw my first actual HORSE fly yesterday (and then he saw my foot squishing him on the concrete!!! mwha) but the deer flies and whatever those green ones are have been out in force. I will update with my findings!


                                Originally posted by oldpony66 View Post
                                KrazyTBMare's link is what I used for several years when I lived on a god-forsaken island off the coast of Georgia. They don't have to be MOVING (as in travelling) as long as you can get them to jiggle in the wind, or swing from a string.

                                The first year I used it I never thought it would make THAT much of a difference but after two days I had trapped so many deer and horse flies that the sticky surface was gone and I had to make another one. and another. and another. There's no way to count them but my guess was I was trapping over 100 a day at the start when populations were high. My most successful traps were gallon-sized milk jugs and my 5 gallon water-cooler jug. Spray-painted black, then coated with the Tangle-foot. I suspended them on top of plastic stakes like you would use to tie up tomatoes. That way every little breeze jiggled them a little. Tried hanging them with twine from a tree limb, but the best placement is full sun, near where horses congregate - my most successful trap was just across the fenceline from the water. DO NOT put it where the horses can get to it. Tanglefoot is impossible to get off your horse. And you, too. Wear gloves when you make the traps!

                                The problem of course is when you go off trail riding and get chased when you are far away from your trap. When I would drive I could "troll" with a stick/trap on my cart. But riding? No chance. I had my best luck riding with a fly whisk. I've occasionally ridden with a plastic fly swatter!

                                I really love PA.
                                ~~~~~~~~~

                                Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!

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                                • #17
                                  for the deer flys

                                  you do have to be moving. They bite by site so the movement attracts them. I put my little dixie cup on a broken cane fishing pole and ride around holding it on the golf cart or 4 wheeler. You could just walk but our place is pretty large and it's just quicker to ride. No the epps biting fly traps for the horse flys, they are stationary. Both work very well!

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                                  • #18
                                    I hate deer and horse flies. Just FYI I live in ontario and even with really cold winters (this past winter was very mild) they come out with force either way.

                                    Traps are the only way to go.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by jn4jenny View Post
                                      My horse HATES these flies, so when it's super-duper-bad horse fly season, I also ride in a quarter sheet made of fly sheet material. It's not a perfect defense, but it usually gives me time to smack the fly and/or dismount before the onslaught ensues.
                                      I ride in a quarter sheet too. Also a flymask with ears. I got a fly sheet that covers the neck and attaches to the saddle, but the neck opening is so little I can't get it over my guy's head. so i need to do some surgery on it.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by paintjumper View Post
                                        you do have to be moving. They bite by site so the movement attracts them. I put my little dixie cup on a broken cane fishing pole and ride around holding it on the golf cart or 4 wheeler. You could just walk but our place is pretty large and it's just quicker to ride. No the epps biting fly traps for the horse flys, they are stationary. Both work very well!
                                        Movement absolutely does attract them, but watch how many deer flies land on your horse as he is standing perfectly still in the pasture. I promise - I lived in deer fly/horse fly hades right on the marsh/riverfront and as long as you can get some jiggle on your trap you will be cutting the population drastically. Plus it's out there 24/7 and if you just hook an empty jug over a pole you can always "troll" with the same trap and then just put it back until it is full.

                                        BTW, came on here to add that I mistakenly said I used Tanglefoot. Same company, different product. It's actually called Tangle-trap. It's clear, not brown. Never tried the brown stuff but it would probably work too.

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