About 980 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What mosquito control measures do you utilize?"
Results were as follows:
- Insect repellants 78.27% (767)
- Regular cleaning of water troughs 72.76% (713)
- Eliminate unnecessary standing water 66.33% (650)
- Regular manure removal 58.78% (576)
- Fly masks/sheets 52.55% (515)
- All of the above 19.90% (195)
- Stable horses at dusk and dawn 17.86% (175)
Readers shared what they do to prevent mosquitoes on their farm in the comments below.
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- Dunks in the water trough and any standing water
- mosquito dunks in pond
- Use BT donuts in ponds
- stalls open to their paddocks, doors have flaps to keep out bugs
- Insect predators are quite effective in the fly control program. They eat fly larvae & are nontoxic
- also put applecider vinagar in water troughs to prevent mosquitos laying eggs in it
- Encourage the stupid barn swallows.....
- Living in FL means turnout in evening Flys or Mosquitos?
- and stall fans - circulating air keeps them away
- I'm in year 3 using fly preditors.awesome. and i use herbal oils for repellent, not chemical.
- Am I missing something? What has manure do with mosquitos?
- But since we live so close to the Colorado River, it's impossible to eliminate them :(
- This year for the first time I have started using EquiSpot on the horses and fly predators. Works!
- how does manure removal help with mosquitos?! is this a trick question?
- encourage birds and bats that eat mosquitoes.
- Can't really keep mosquitoes away; vaccinate for mosquito-born disease
- My horse is spoiled
- Fly masks, no sheets
- Mosquito dunks in pond and where water cannot be removed
- You can never be too careful
- Its monsoon season here in the desert, we usually flood & get mosquitos at least once each summer
- My chickens help keep the fly and parasites in check,great manure managers !
- only mask and sheet the ones who are most allergic
- also use preditors.
- We also use a SkeeterVac, fly predators, Equispot
- our horses have free access to their stalls.
- Provide habitat for birds, bats that eat mosquitos
- And free range chickens
- My horse has a 3 1/2 sided stall in a barn with open access to turnout.
- smudge piles
- Also vaccinate against any mosquito transmitted diseases.
- but also making sure all my horses are up to date on everything
- None, do not have a big problem. We have wind!
- I also put my horses outside at night
- goldfish in the water tank. they eat the mosquito larvae
- gambusia fish in water tanks to eat mosquito larvae
- everything helps in the dry season, nothing works in monsoon
- I also have purple martin houses around the property
- mosquito dunks once a month
- Call county mosquito control
- I also add Skin So SOft to my fly spray.
- drinking wateri system precludes need to clean troughs.
- We normally don't get mosquitos because we don't get much rain.
- Very dry in L. A., no standing water
- fish in water troughs too.
- my barn has in/out stalls, so no stabling unless the horses choose!
- fly predators and feed through repellant
- Also use insects that eat flies
- So Cal is bad so we dont take any changes, plus we inoculate
- I don't see that some of the mentioned options are mosquito specific
- Mosquito beater granules
- goldfish in troughs help keep eggs down and algae
- We also use fans on high speed in the stalls. The horses are on pasture 24/7, with stall access.
- put some cheap goldfish inthe 100gal tank
- All of the above except my horses can go in or out 24/7 with hay available 24/7
- And I use Mosquito Dunks in my tanks and any standing water areas I can't drain.
- put gold fish in stock tanks, elimated development of larvae
- I do not have a barn, all are on pasture
- fish in water troughs to eat larvae
- turn out at night and use Off bug spray
- also, using Bti. bacteria to kill mosquito larvae in ponds and other still water.Harmless to others
- Goldfish in the water tanks to eat larva. Equi-spot as a deterrent.
- Horse sweats profusely under fly mask.Place too large to control standing water.Do remove all manure
- few mosquitos here
- Water troughs have gold fish and little frogs
- Also encourage birds to be around the barn - free insect control!
- Reduce the source & cover up the horses during peak hours.
- Also using Garlic on the food.
- I use mosquito dunks in wet areas, and they work well.
- I also use mosquito control in my water troughs
- Also add common goldfish to a summer pond
- Also have fans in run in sheds and use Bt granules
- We are fortunate to NOT have many mosquitos here in Western WA.Very rarely see them.
- bug zapper light
- misquitos are bad for humans too!
- plus we use bio spot on my mares that really help
- biggest source of mosquitos, standing water
- mosquito dunks in water troughs and rain barrels
- We have a bat colony in our barn that we value highly.
- plus vaccinate for all of the mosquito borne diseases that have vaccines
- Here in Minnesota I use a Mosquito Magnet. It significantly reduces the mosquito population.
- Screened in the barn and hired professsional sprayer
- water i have become very careful t
- Help!- My donkey is allergic to bug bites AND fly spray (his hair falls off when I use repellants)!
- Also use a wind mill for aeration of pond
- luckily where I live I rarely see mosquitoes
- I also use a vectobac in standing water and a "Nosquito" mosquito vacuum!
- My horse gets significant reactions to all kinds of flys/mosq. I use everything available :)
- A tbsp. of corn oil in the water trough will suffocate mosquito larvae when they try to breathe.
- use same measures as fly control, not specific to mossquitos.
- marigolds are natural mosquito repellants, plant them around your barn.
- Mosquitos not too bad this year, even with all the rain.Lots of birds though to eat them.
- Biological control measures in birdbaths, etc.
- spray with CBPA, stops them in water. no effects
- goldfish in tanks to eat larvae
- I haven't seen as many mosquitoes in my area of So Cal this year.
- I do all of the above and still those flies torment my horses.
- horses are free to come and go from a clean dark barn with fans on at all times
- Fish in water troughs, Mosquito magnet utilized
- WNV innoculations twice a year, spring and fall
- Also use mosquito control products in ponds
- add mosquito dunks to water tanks
- Use Mosquito Dunks in the natural waterway
- don't like masks, rather use wipe on protectant, like to see the eyes
- I take these measures for the general health of my horse, not just for mosquito control.
- mosquito "dunks" in troughs
- also use Arbico mosquito control measures
- Bird & Bat Houses also.
- Plus Barn Swallows. They are most effective.
- In addition, fans in the stalls and have a spray system in the barn. Welcome to Florida.
- I also vaccinate.
- we also use smudges
- My insect repellent is maintaining a healthy population of bats and swallows!
- fly predators #1
- Also, fly spray system in barn
- And West Nile Virus Vaccine.
- spray woodchips and stall walls. Keep stall open so they can come in if they need to get relief
- Barn where I board could and should do more to discourage flies and mosquitos.
- Mow the pasture of weeds and keep dragged
- I use skin so soft to repel. Works great!
About the Author
Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.
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