What is the most effective fly spray for horses out there right now?

11 Aug

“Hey Stacy. How about a poll? What is the most effective fly spray out there right now? Anyone got a special mix they are using? I need to control/repel mosquitoes, horn flies, deer flies, and the occasional horse fly.”-Carla V.

How about it? What do you use to control flies around your horses? What flies are a problem for you?

Do you use feed through or spray on or both?

Mud: the all natural fly repellent.

Mud: the all natural fly repellent.

Water based? Oil based? All natural?

Please, leave a comment and help us all learn what you use and why.

Feel free to use product names and what you think the product works best for. Do you like it because it stays on a long time or because it controls mosquitoes? Details please!



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115 responses to “What is the most effective fly spray for horses out there right now?

  1. Melody Brooks

    August 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    We burn a smudge (old hay) in our sacrifice pen. It works far better than any of the fly sprays I’ve tried. I used WIPE when riding out.

  2. jj.marie

    August 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    i have tried them all from the cheapest to most expensive – the oil based ones seem to attract dust which is bad here in the desert – NONE work as advertised – certainly not 14 days – 2 days at most – i use endure which seems to be ok for 2 days.

  3. Leah

    August 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Pyranha! It kills them instantly and keeps them away for a show day!

    • kathy

      August 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      I agree, Pyranha works really good!!!

  4. June Hutchison

    August 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I bought Fly Preadators this year from Spalding labs and they work. There are virtually no flies in our barn or in the outdoor runs. The big pastures have flies and they ride in on the horses but they don’t breed more flies due to the fly predators. I ordered them this season expecting them to be a scam, but took a chance and won.

    • Lea

      August 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      I love fly predators too, but they do not kill the black biting flies, only the common house fly

  5. Terisa Miller

    August 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Piranah!!! Only thing that works here in Oklahoma!

    • Rosanne Purrington

      August 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Yep that’s all I use here in Oklahoma lol

  6. Jennifer

    August 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I use Gordon’s Horse and Pony Spray for flies, gnats and mosquitoes. It is oil based and has a sunblock in it. I don’t have to spray them down every single day. I have found it works better than a lot of other products I have used. If I could find a homemade fly spray that works just as good and costs less, I would be all for it! 🙂

    • Andrea Goodwin

      August 12, 2014 at 4:47 am

      I absolutely agree!! I used Tritech for a long time, but Horse and Pony Spray is less expensive and works really well. I find that it does give more than a couple of days of protection, which is important for my mare who’s always outside (she doesn’t bother to use her shelter).
      My test for the power of a bug spray is checking inside the horse’s ear and the belly for itchy scabs. If they are scab free, the horse isn’t being eaten alive by bugs. The bonus is that her black mane, black tail and black legs stay black even through the summer because of the sunblock 😉

  7. Rosanne Purrington

    August 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I only use Pyrana its expensive but it does keep the flies off my horses for most of the day but I spray morning and night so it works for me and keeps them off. Haven’t used anything but that for two years very pleased.

  8. Sandy Reece

    August 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Farnham s Endure .

  9. Penny Cooke

    August 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    We use fly collars, they last about a month and are very effective

    • kathy

      August 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      where do you buy those

    • conniec2014

      August 12, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Where do you get them?

  10. Bonney MacDonald

    August 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I’m glad for this conversation and want to hear from others. I have used Pyrhana spray (oil based) for two summers. I have tried Repel-X (concentrated to mix with water) and many of the natural ones. So far the Pyrhana is working best. It keeps mosquitoes, deer flies and others away, BUT I have to apply a lot in the heavy fly season. Looking forward to hearing more comments.

  11. judith stahl

    August 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Bite Free

  12. Sno

    August 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    My husband says the best thing for flies is winter. However, I mix Skin-So-Soft, citronella oil, geranium oil, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil with some vinegar and spray or wipe it on. Works for about an hour before you need to reapply.

  13. Moira McKill-Taylor

    August 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I have used dozens of different sprays and home remedies and have not found anything that works. If anyone finds the perfect combination or spray, let me know.

    • Andrea Goodwin

      August 12, 2014 at 4:51 am

      Horse and Pony Spray from Tractor Supply. Lasts at least a couple of days (depends on how much the horse is sweating). My mare is turned out with a run-in shelter and she doesn’t have isn’t bitten up. I reapply when I see the flies landing instead of just buzzing around her.

  14. Michelle

    August 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    SKIN SO SOFT IS WHAT WE USE GET IT FROM AVON ! Works great and smells good

    • Nancy Westphal

      August 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Homemade Fly Spray: 2 C White Vinegar, 1 C water, 1 C Avon Skin So Soft, 1 T Eucalytus oil

      2nd mix if you don’t like the first
      1 C. vinegar, 1 C water, 1 oz citronella oil (100%), 2 oz Avon Skin So Soft

      Here is also a mix for fly catchers in your sheds or barns: 3 C water, 1/4 C sugar 1/4 C whited vinegar Fill old mild container or plastice container w/mixture & punch holes in the lid or sides Leaving entrances for flies to fly in & not leave. ( Preferably smaller to med size holes. Hope these mixtures help you & everyone. 🙂

  15. conniec2014

    August 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Oy Very! I’ve been battling the problem all summer. I have a horse that is allergic to fly bites. She gets sores from her chest to her peepee. After trying all natural essential oils, poo eating bugs, and just about every commercial product….. Final plan of attack: smart bug-off supplement, 2 TBS garlic powder each feeding, Farnam 2 week fly treatment ( like the flea stuff for dogs), Farnam Swat (consistency of petroleum jelly). To slime her at least every other day from stem to stern, bag balm directly on the sores, and finally Bronco-e fly spray. Poor horse finally knows the routine and will speak to me again.
    If anyone has any better ideas, please comment.
    Good luck!

    • T Geiger

      August 12, 2014 at 4:50 am

      Be careful feeding garlic in a dose to keep insects away horse can also cause the horse to become anemic!

      • conniec2014

        August 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm

        She’s a draft horse and only gets a cap full per feeding. I’m Italian and eat more than that. Thanks for the warning/concern.
        Many blessings

    • Galina

      August 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      I also use Garlic flakes and bag balm for our pony that is allergic to the flies it works great!

      • conniec2014

        August 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm

        Try Swat around the bag balm. Its great around eyes & ears too.
        I should have taken stock out on Farnam, I’ve purchased so many/much of their product.
        Good luck & many blessings

  16. Heather

    August 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I use Repel X and mix it stronger than what they suggest,. We have all sorts of mosquitoes, black flies, bots and a lot of horse flies this year. The odd tick. It is oil based and does work for almost a day. I only use when I have to.

  17. Terry Thomas

    August 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I also use Bite Free.

  18. betty crites

    August 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Im in Ohio and have found TriTec is the best.

  19. Leisa Crossley

    August 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Alabama, very hot, humid environment. All kinds of flies and Texas sized mosquitos. Used fly predators (Spalding) every year until this year. Will likely go back to them, lots more flies this year.
    Simplifly, IGR.
    Absorbine, UltraShield spray. Does not last 17 days as adver. Once a week thorough spraying in summer months, touch up after heavy rain.
    West Nile shots all around for mosquitos
    Quik Bayt, scattered in the woods/forest areas. Mixed in paste form and applied 8′ or higher to post and trees.

    • mkburkart

      August 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      But the birds will eat the poison bait! Please don’t use in the woods!

  20. Brittney Teiber

    August 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I use Horse & Pony. Its oil based and the only thing that keeps the flies off of our horses. I’ve tried almost everything and this is what works here.

  21. An Andries

    August 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I am afraid nothing of those is available here in Belgium, Europe. The only thing I have so far, is riding like the wind, and when standing still killing as much flies (whatever kind) with my hand or to make as much motion while standing still…. Even next to the penn, we humans are attacked by all kinds of flies: makes you wish for winter….. Not really, but I guess you understand

    • conniec2014

      August 12, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      You may try to find someone that deals in essential oils yo make you a concentrate.
      Use citronella, tea tree oil, sage, lemongrass, eucalyptus, lavender. When you mix the oil concentrate with water in the sprayer add some rubbing alcohol to keep the sprayer from clogging.
      Good luck and many blessings.

      • Laura Stein

        August 13, 2014 at 3:09 am

        Thank you for sharing this…..I need to make something since we also live overseas, and while we can find fly spray, it’s quite expensive. I’ll try the essential oils.

  22. Lu Ann Berlinski

    August 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    This ius my second year usdong Fly Predators and there are less flies than last year. Best fly product by far.

  23. janine

    August 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Well before I say mine. I think everyone should realize it depends what state you live in and what your area is like. Some states stay dry and cold. While others are humid and hot! Some people have lots of tress with ponds, and some have open areas with a nice breeze. My FAVORITE is this one!!! Works the best and I only use it every other day! AND NATURAL!! Whoo hoo! My horse is out 24 hours. Thanks!!

    • Cheryl Thrush

      August 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      So where do you live? I live in MI between 2 huge dairy farms. So, I have flies in biblical proportions. So far I have not found a fly spray that works . They have the masks with ears and I rub them on chest and bellies with SWAT. Would give this a try if you live in similar climate/area.

  24. Rene

    August 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I have tried TSC Dumor, it worked ok but short term. I have tried Calm Coat, also worked ok, but short term (smelled great). I have tried mashing up Bee balm with Rosemary, worked ok, again short term. (Short term = about 15 minutes or until it dried) Pyhranna spray worked the best. Stayed on for a couple of days. Yes! Days. My trimmer uses it and here in the South during dog days of summer it’s the best thing I’ve found that lasts and works at keeping all kinds of insects at bay: gnats, no see ums, house flies, horse flies, bees, ticks, even ants.

  25. horsehavenabc

    August 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    We have also used Fly Predators with good success. Since we have 14+ horses to spray – we try to stay away from the more potent sprays – however Endure has worked well for us also. We are currently using Nature’s Defense (citronella based) and it is okay. Had great luck with the all natural Equiderma spray but it is quite expensive.

    • melody

      August 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    • jessica

      August 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      I have used the natures defense and it only works for a few hours after completely saturating the horse. if you don’t saturate the flies still come and land. i have one horse and if i used it everyday one bottle is gone in a couple days. I asked Farnam if they would send me samples of their other fly spray products to try because my horse is allergic to some sprays. I asked because I did not want to buy several large bottles to see if they worked or not. However Farnam refused to send me samples or even coupons for that matter. They said I would have to send the product back for a refund if I did not like their product…no thanks because the price of shipping cost would make that not worth the trouble.

  26. Jodi

    August 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I use feed-through, spray and fly sheet. Bugs in Northern VA can be really bad. The feed-through I use is BugCheck, and it’s awesome! Not a cure-all, but when I watch Yankee in the pasture, even without anything else, the amount of shaking, stomping and tail switching from him is significantly less than from the horses in the next pasture. There’s two kinds of bugs that persist though – horseflies and midges. He wears the fly sheet to protect from the horseflies, it has a belly band to protect him from the midges. I use spray (currently Endure) on the bits the sheet doesn’t protect. He was close to developing sweet itch, this threeprong approach has helped tremendously.

  27. Tricia

    August 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I live in Maine and this year was the worse year ever for deer flies and horse flies as well as yellow jackets etc. Ive tried so many brands and tried all natural etc. It makes trail riding unpleasant for both horse and rider…I havent tried Pyrana a

    nd not sure Ive even ever seen it..but will be looking for it!!

  28. Jeepers Arledge

    August 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I like Endure and Repel X. Bronco is horrible, you can soak your horse in it and the flies still bother them.

  29. Marie

    August 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I butter up their legs, udder, face and ears with SWAT then spray Ultra shield elsewhere. When its too bad, i hose them so they roll and cover themselves in dirt!

    • conniec2014

      August 12, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Buttered up with Swat. I use ⅓-½ a jar every other day, its fantastic!

  30. melody

    August 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm these products are amazing all natural and the Midge Magic works wonders and last for 2-3 weeks it is oil based but ALL NATURAL…..SHARE THE SITE…………….FREE SHIPPING AND MONEY BACK IF NOT HAPPY.

    • Maria

      August 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks melody….just ordered the Midge Magic.

  31. Dawn Stackhouse

    August 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I have used Tri Tec from Farnam for years in the NW because it’s in budget and truly can last up to 14 days if not heavily sweating or bathing. When I moved to AZ I bought it of course, my horse was the only one of the 14 at the place not covered by the next day after our morning workout and shower. Yup, it a still that good.

  32. Drew

    August 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    We usually use Pyranha Fly Spray and Predators. We tried going without the little Predators this year and we are really paying for it! Our fly spray costs have tripled and we are still over-run… Back to the combo ASAP!

    • Drew

      August 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Location: Southern CA

  33. Lyndsey

    August 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I rotate between Pyranna and Endure. But I like Pyranna more. We have the really big horse flies, deer flies, and lots of annoying house flies.

  34. Toleja

    August 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    The best working fly spray I’ve found is Eqyss Magnolia fly spray. It works great but doesn’t last a long time. But the best thing about it is that it is safe to use on and around wounds. It is expensive but worth it when you have an animal that has a wound (open or repaired) that you need to keep the bugs out of.

  35. Jane Johns

    August 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I had a huge reaction on my OTTB after using Endure sport; but the Quarter horse tolerates it well, so it didn’t go to waste. The TB also breaks out with the piranha oil based. Nothing really works for too long

  36. Kathie Hendrickson

    August 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I use fly predators and have for the last 10 years. Everyone who visits remarks on how few flies are around the 6 acres. In April (FL) I start the fly catchers, bury the mess and start again. For daily spray I try many ingredients. Begin with vinegar, water, very little SOS, and essential oils. Citronella, catnip, eucalyptus. Sometimes a splash of Repel. Mostly harmless to me and the horses.

  37. Debbie Miyahara

    August 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I am southwest of Houston – very humid and very hot!! Where I board, the barn manager puts out Spalding Fly predators. I don’t think she does it quite right (according to pkg directions – I bought it myself for a couple months) but it still helps. I also use Simpli-fly feed thru system — this helps A LOT!! Riley’s stall consistently has no flies at all when the main barn seems to be over-run (over-flown?? Ha!!). I also use a fly mask and spray. In this humidity and heat, NONE of them last more than one day! I’ve tried about 6 different brands – pricey to cheap. So, since I do it everyday, I go with the cheap, or whatever I can find a coupon for!

  38. Kelly Smith

    August 11, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Absorbine Ultra Ex. I live in Fl. and this stuff works…Also Fly Rid spot treatment. It gets a little pricey for 3 horses though. I swear by both of these.

  39. Samantha

    August 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I use absorbine fly spray in the black bottle. It works best in this area. I am on the coast.tons of mosquitos and gnats. I’ve tried most of them. I like Pyranna also.

  40. Linda

    August 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I personally think none of them work in our New England humidity. Endure might have the edge of the ones I’ve tried. Honestly I think they are a waste of money. I use the Smart Bug off feed through and that helps one of my horses who reacts to multiple bug bites.

  41. catsnak

    August 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Piranah, probably one of the more expensive, but it works. Not for more then a couple of days but it kills and keeps them on contact and seems to last a day or two. Oil based so it does attract a lot of dirt and dust but I’d rather have a horse covered in a layer of dust then fly bites. We’re in East San Diego county. Sadly there isn’t one awesome single solution. The best solution is a combination of proper fly management using products that work well for your situation such as fly predators, feedthroughs and sprays. The most effective solution is probably going to be one the utilizes all three.

  42. H. Collings

    August 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I like Zonk-it, from Cut Heal. It is long-lasting; applied to a reasonably clean horse, it provides protection for 4-6 days. It has a pleasant aroma, and can be used on pets too. I apply it to faces using an inexpensive foam brush, found in stores that sale paints. The brush is soft to faces, & keeps the solution off of my hands. I usually have to order Zonk-it from a catalog (Stateline usually has the best prices) as my small local stores don’t carry it.

    • Valerie

      August 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      I love Zonk It! It does smell good. But the price has really gone up and it has been hard to find in our area.

  43. Ava

    August 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I alternate Farnam Tri-tech 14 and Mosquito Halt. Mosquito Halt works for the flies and mosquitoes and smells great, but the advantage of Tri-tech is it has sunscreen. I buy 2 gallons every summer and refill the sprayers. I haven’t found anything that last more than 1 day in the Va humidity. The thing I don’t like about an oil based spray is it seems that dirt sticks to the horse quickly and has to be washed off.

  44. Julie Vander Schel

    August 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I live in New England and this year has been horrible for flies. I use fly predators but the flies were still bad (our neighbors recently acquired horses which could be the reason the fly predators didn’t work as well this year)so I was also using Farnum Wipe but one of my horses started losing her hair so I stopped, appears she was allergic to it. I switched to fly armor that you can attach to their mane. I also use fly masks. Nothing seems to really work this year.

  45. J Woody

    August 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    For at home, Trap N Toss fly traps are incredible. I add some hamburger in with the fly pheromone and every 2 weeks that traps are full. That means 10,000 flies gone! I put up 6-7 at a time. I have done predators and the Trap N Tosses, but I think the Trap and Tosses are sufficient by themselves! I hang them in the sun on a fence post with hay string about 10 inches off the ground. Especially in moist or high traffic areas. It will blow you away how many flies it catches!

  46. K. DesRoche

    August 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Hi! I live in Tx Hill country between Austin and San Antonio. We use fly predators I also use Piranah mixed with Skin-so-soft from Avon.. works great !and lasts for a good two days! Its very oily combo, but works.

  47. Valerie

    August 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    We live in North Texas. We also have five horses and have cattle on 3 sides. I have found the best fly control is clean stalls and pastures and fly predators. Also we use a daily water based spray, Bronco. We also use an oil based bi-monthly spray. This one two punch seems to work well.

  48. kim

    August 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Ultra Shield. I live in NH and tried all of the all natural stuff and nothing works. I use it on myself and my horse. He’s not a horse that likes his ears messed with and knows EXACTLY what Swat looks like and smells like so I spray my hands with the Ultra Shield and put it on his ears and face like I would with a small child. Works great! I use it once a wk and after it rains.

  49. Emily

    August 11, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Pyranah has worked great for me.

  50. Renee

    August 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    CLAC Deo, natural and effective

  51. Kori

    August 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Dumor fly-spray… Tractor Supply has it and it’s super effective and cheap. Best stuff out there!

  52. blacksheepfarm

    August 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Absorbine Ultra shield works great for me. It’s super hot and humid here in NC and the flies are out of control. It’s been lasting about a week on average.


    August 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I use absorbine in the black bottle, but when I go on trail rides in mosquito ridden areas I use Mosquito Halt. I live in the valley in Oregon where we have some very wet areas.

  54. Karen

    August 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Since I can’t leave a smudge burning, I like Absorbine Ultrashield Ex. Smells good, has sunscreen in it, and lasts better than anything else I’ve used. But you have to remember to shake bottle before using and it works better on a clean horse. Also if you spray consistently every couple of days. And for the spots on the belly, chest and in the ears when sandflies chew up my horse, I use good old fashioned grease(automotive) in a tube. Its a cheap remedy passed down to me by my mom and her father.

  55. Stephanie Fitkin

    August 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Arbico fly predators have eliminated my fly problem at home. I do spray my horse with Endure or mosquito halt when I go trail riding. I always rinse my horse off after I ride so I do have to apply it every time no matter the product.

  56. Linda

    August 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Piranah … I am in west Texas … Permian Basin area … it works for about 2 days. I have one horse that the flies love to eat and she is so happy to see the bottle she comes to me a drops her head to my knees and waits to be sprayed. Good stuff. If you buy it off of Vet Supply in the gallons you can get it sometimes for 1/2 price on the second one if you buy two at the same time.

  57. Rita

    August 11, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Clac otherwise known as deolotion from Germany. Also vanilla extract

  58. Sandy

    August 11, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Used to be called Larry’s Horse Spray.. now it’s Espree Aloe Herbal Horse spray. I’ve been using it on my mustang boy since he was 3 months old and he’s now 9. All natural and smells great…works great but needs to be applied every 48 hrs depending on where you live. Started in NV and now in KY and works well either climate.

  59. Allison

    August 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    definitely fly predators and pyranha and skin so soft.

  60. Nancy

    August 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I put fly mask on and fly sheets till it gets to hot to wear them here in Texas but I buy the thin ones so they feel better on him also this year I got the leg bands and use Bronco fly spray every few days for the exposed area’s. He breaks out in hives from fly bites and this
    combo seems to work for him.

  61. Sharon Heritage

    August 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I have used feed thru garlic. It’s amazing! Hardly any flies at all. In the barn I use a Renuzit air freshener in each stall, Lavender scented. No biting flies in the barn. This is what works for us!

  62. Lea

    August 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I always prefer natural remedies when at all possible, so I use fly masks for their faces. I feed apple cider vinegar and garlic which helps repel insects. Neem oil is also a good deterrent and can be sprayed on them or in their stalls. A friend of mine swears by some fly sticky sheets that look like a paper towel roll. She places them on her manure spreader and kills thousands of them that way. I use fly predators but they only kill common house fly, not the black biting flies (which seem to become worse without common house flies). I have tried to make my own fly spray for horses, but it takes so much essential oils it is more cost effective to buy prepared fly spray. When the flies are really bad or if I need something before riding I will use Piranah or Repel-X concentrate. Both will kill flies on contact. Mosquito Halt is the best thing to repel mosquitoes.

  63. Michelle Irving

    August 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I have used several different ones over the years, including natural and chemical. I just started using Repel-X and it’s proving to be very effective!! The flies are especially bad this summer, so I’m glad it’s working!

  64. Betty Ainger

    August 11, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Tri Tec works well, but the best so far is the freed type Buggo. The fly predictors work but live within a mile from a very large dairy so I still have flys.

  65. Sharon Wingron

    August 11, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve had pretty good luck with Whup-a-Bug. This year seemed a little less effective, but it still works and smells good. Somewhat hard to find also. I’m in Missouri.

  66. Sara McNeil

    August 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Spalding Fly Predators work great for our five horses in southeast Texas. I buy them every year and put them out each month during fly season. It helps to start before the flies appear. I put them out exactly like they recommend. Their customer service is great, and they have specials during the winter to encourage you to place your order early. Then they ship them at the right time.

    I also pick up manure twice a day around the barn and pull a drag across the pastures to break up the manure piles. I use fly traps inside the barn – the sticky ones and the bait strips. We have hardly any flies, except for a few large horse flies. I do spray the horses usually the week before a new shipment arrives. You have to be careful where you spray so you don’t kill the predators, but otherwise, I am very happy with this method.

    Mosquitoes are a big bother right now, but nothing seems to work on them. Keeping the ground dry and eliminating standing water is the only solution except for the mosquito spray.

  67. Christie

    August 11, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Pyranna or Tri Tec works great in tropical climate like Florida and desert climate here in Arizona!

  68. Hawai'i Girl

    August 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I use Wipe II spray, and have for years. It even keeps flys off my cow when she is in a herd of unsprayed cattle! And, in addition to wipe II, I use SWAT clear for spots inside ears, withers, and the underside of bellys for my horse which keeps him fly free for at least a week at a time.

  69. Patty Grant

    August 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I make my own by buying pyrethrine and dilute it with water (summertime I am able to add more as needed) and some avon skin so soft. My costs is about $2 per bottle. Also, during summer I will double up the pyrethrine and when horse is out of stall I will spray entire stall with it. Also works great on dogs for fleas and ticks must use much less, of course. Works better than anything I have ever purchased. I also will make a gallon size and triple the amount of pyrethrine and pour over the huge red ant piles and it kills them instantly! Again….$2 per bottle.

  70. Merlin Olson

    August 12, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I use Farnam’s Wipe. But a word of caution, When using this product put it on a rag and just coat the top of the hair. I have seen people who think more is better and soaked the horse with it. this will cause swelling and you will not be able to use your horse because he/she will become sore. I have seen two inch high areas of swelling caused by to much insect repellent. The product works well if used in moderation. If using before going on a ride I suggest not putting it in the cinch area or under the saddle. Sweat can cause it to work down to the skin and tack will not let the air get to it to dry. A good practice may be to put it on after tacking up. Remember, all insect repellent is poison, use in moderation.

  71. Maria

    August 12, 2014 at 1:38 am

    I use Arbico fly predators since 2009 and they are the best fly control that works for us (14 horses). We tried sprays and feed through but they did not work for us. The predators only helps with the flies. If anybody knows how to eliminate gnats please let me know.

  72. Mary Bieganski

    August 12, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I use smartpaks feed through fly contol and that has helped some, but Pyranha definitely works the best and is long lasting. When I’ve used it the flys won’t even go near my mare, and she is a magnet for flys and mosquitoes

  73. Barbara

    August 12, 2014 at 2:16 am

    I use Flyspray 44 by Fiebings. Only thing that will work where I am at. I also use Fly Eliminators by Arbico Organics.

  74. Sheena

    August 12, 2014 at 2:41 am

    I use asorbine ultrashield and feed sliced dehydrated garlic here in pa. I reapply the fly spray every couple days but after I saw it kill flys I said I would never complain about the price again! I have also never had a tick on any of my horses!

  75. firnhyde

    August 12, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Buzz-Off in the mornings on the underline and legs, which controls stable flies, horse flies and mosquitoes; then a little bit of paraffin along the topline, mane and ears in the evenings, for the control of the Culicoides midges that spread African horse sickness. Fly masks all day as well – nothing else seems to keep those pesky critters off their faces!

  76. T Geiger

    August 12, 2014 at 5:01 am

    I have used fly predators with success in previous years but this year they don’t seem to be hatching like they had in years past. I also use Flysect Super 7, or Endure flyspray. If they get sores (one has allergies & gets little bumps on his legs) I use Swat or Cut Heal on them. I also feed food grade Diatomaceous Earth, and hang Rescue (stinky) fly traps as well as sticky Fly Tape to try to catch the adults… and on cool mornings (they are slow when it is cool out) I find it rewarding to smack ’em with a fly swatter!

  77. Brianne

    August 12, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Clac is my fav both the gel and the consintrate to a spray mix. The spray doesn’t last as long as the gel but half of the boarding facility I manage is using at least one of the two options clac has .

  78. Lor

    August 12, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I use Equicare Flysect-C concentrate. When making it, I fill a gallon bottle of water and add either 5 ML of lavender oil or a 1/2 cup of Skin So Soft, and I use that water to mix with the concentrate. The oil makes the horse’s skin soft and coat shiny. And it smells great. At one point I also mixed in white wine vinegar, but one of my horses had a reaction and lost hair, so we no longer add vinegar. I do go through a lot of it (for 2 horses I probably spend $250-300 in fly spray per summer) but we live in humid Central Pennsylvania, and I want my horses comfortable.

    • Lor

      August 12, 2014 at 9:12 am

      I should also note I spray them morning and night.

    • Michelle Irving

      August 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

      How much Flysect C Concentrate do you use with the water and Skin So Soft?

  79. Corinne Waterbury

    August 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

    What about fly sheets? I have used Endure and it kinda works for a few hours but am wondering if I should just get a fly sheet and spray Babe’s legs and neck. Opinions?

  80. Annie

    August 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Hello everyone, I live in Michigan and the only thing I find that works, is to kill them before they become flies, I use Simply Fly, given to your horses feed. I tried Fly Predators and was not happy with the results, this works better for me, just say-in.

  81. Lillian Turner

    August 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I use Smart Bug-off feed through and Endure, which my sensitive gelding allows me to spray on him, unlike many other brands I’ve tried. I think part of it is that he doesn’t object as much to the smell, which is less chemical than others. And the Endure does its job well. I also use Swat on the face and any wounds my horses may have, such as the sores my mare has on her hips from lying down outside.

    • conniec2014

      August 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      My exact plan of attack too. I put garlic powder in the feed, 1 capful each graining and I use bsgbslm on the actual sores. Its working great! Good luck all.

  82. Terrie Moon

    August 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    We started using Solitude IGR which is a feed through that inhibits the fly larva from turning into adult flies. The results are amazing. We have very few flies. We have two llamas and two goats as well as a large number of poultry and I thought that might negate the effect, but not so.

    The horses also get sprayed with Bronco with citronella in the mornings.

    We also live in an area with lots of hobby farms and we still see the dramatic difference that the Solitude makes.

  83. Lori B.

    August 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Deep Woods OFF has worked the best for me, and I actually trialed them, side by side. I know it is a people product, but I have used it with no ill effects for years. I don’t think we have Pyranna up hear, but I will keep an eye out for it. Good luck!

  84. stormidnight

    August 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Natural non-toxic is best. A vet who uses essential oils in her practice has a website with a fly repellent, among many other products.

  85. meganflick

    August 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I generally use oil based Pirannah. The oil seems to make it last longer because they don’t sweat it off as easily.

  86. Cindy

    August 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    We use Dawn dish soap and water, spray on !! The flies were so bad in Brown County in July, I poured it down the middle of there back, thinking it was going to rain and it didn’t. Should have sprayed them down, but it burnt them! Had to use Vetercin. All better now! But still use it mixed with water!

  87. Brenda Blakely Glastetter

    August 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I love Happy Horse, works great knocks flies dead, also use it on my dogs.

  88. Linda

    August 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Pyranha It works for most of the flies in Texas. Fly Predators work wonders around the barn.

  89. Jenn Lindstrom

    August 17, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I use Absorbine Ultra Shield EX when the skeeters, black flies and horse flies get really bad during the summer months here in Alberta. It lasts up to 17 days. We also will do smudges when there isn’t a fire ban on. I use EQyss Canadian Marigold when we go on trail rides or are training because it’s alcohol free non-toxic, both horse and rider can use it and smells awesome!! It works really well 🙂


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