Fly Control Methods

What's your favorite fly-control method around the barn?

Fly sprays for use on horses
Premises sprays
Fly masks and sheets
Fly parasite wasps
Birds and bats
Manure removal and composting

Total votes cast: 487

Comments & Write-in Answers

let the chickens free range last year - not one bot fly egg!

4/21/2014 11:05:50 PM

Also remove manure and use a premise repellent.

4/21/2014 10:07:39 PM

All of the above but I try to not use premise sprays because of the critters who eat the bugs.

4/21/2014 9:50:22 PM

All the above.....

4/21/2014 9:19:12 PM

A combination of fly predators, sprays, fly masks.

4/21/2014 6:44:09 PM

It does take more than one method, though.

4/21/2014 6:39:08 PM

and fly sticky tapes hung in the barn

4/21/2014 4:56:50 PM

a mix of the above

4/21/2014 4:40:54 PM

Sticky traps

4/21/2014 4:10:58 PM

I use spot on and raw apple cider vinegar in the water troughs!!

4/21/2014 3:00:39 PM

Not that it is a preferred method but it is the only really effective for allergic/sensitive horses.

4/21/2014 12:55:33 PM

bug off garlic

4/21/2014 11:44:47 AM

all of the above with reduced spraying.

4/21/2014 10:42:20 AM

Avoid sweet feeds, feed some ration as pellets [less manure], vinegar helps and flies hate fans

4/21/2014 2:59:21 AM

I use more than one treatment

4/20/2014 8:44:03 PM

Dung beetles are your friends. Protect them wherever you can.

4/20/2014 6:55:10 PM

Our paddocks located next to an open field and the wind is usually so strong that we rarely need spr

4/20/2014 4:32:46 PM

along with fly masks and sheets, use fly sprays

4/20/2014 3:07:52 PM

I feed Buggzo

4/19/2014 8:49:28 PM


4/19/2014 2:26:05 PM

Have to use spray, to fend off ticks,in OH, also use masks

4/19/2014 6:22:46 AM

Absorbine EX

4/19/2014 3:11:52 AM

Garlic fed to the horses starting in Feb, ending in late Sept

4/18/2014 5:53:57 PM

We use a combination: horse sprays, wasps, birds and bats, frequent manure removal

4/18/2014 3:57:42 PM

fly parasites, birds and bats, manure management

4/18/2014 10:12:47 AM

As well as masks. Chickens also help keep the area clean of bugs.

4/18/2014 10:00:18 AM

I use a combination of fly spray, premise, fly masks, birds, manure removal

4/18/2014 3:23:15 AM

We use ALL these methods except parasite wasps.

4/18/2014 12:40:36 AM

with freedom spot on and garlic and of course parasite wasps …what flys in florida ??

4/17/2014 9:51:25 PM

all of the above!

4/17/2014 7:38:23 PM

Have used fly parasite wasps for 30 years--works. Also cleaning, birds, bats and more gentle sprays

4/17/2014 7:01:25 PM

All of the above except for wasps and premises sprays

4/17/2014 4:25:16 PM

Along with fly sheets and masks to help with UV rays

4/17/2014 2:18:37 PM

A combined assault of wasps, traps, and composting really cuts down the need for masks and spray!

4/17/2014 2:08:54 PM

Poll should allow multiple choices; I use fly sprays on horses, and parasite wasps (they work well!)

4/17/2014 12:12:02 PM

as well as fly spray on all uncovered areas

4/17/2014 11:57:27 AM

We rely on all forms of natural fly controls and compost too. We LOVE the birds and Bats!!

4/17/2014 11:45:17 AM

I love fly predators, but we can't use them effectively anymore with cows next door..

4/17/2014 9:58:42 AM

All of the above

4/17/2014 9:19:08 AM

combination of all is best I believe

4/17/2014 8:12:30 AM

Istabled during the day & out at night. UK

4/17/2014 1:58:01 AM

I use a fly mask also

4/16/2014 10:19:48 PM

I use fly spray and drops but have seen insect eating birds die as a consequence.

4/16/2014 7:46:31 PM

I use spot-on with really great results. It also repells ticks.

4/16/2014 6:45:07 PM

My mare goes through too many bottles.

4/16/2014 6:26:15 PM

Remove manure and all wet bedding and disinfect stable every day. Muck pile taken away off site.

4/16/2014 4:59:36 PM

And I have all manure totally removed from the property once a week.

4/16/2014 4:54:22 PM

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4/16/2014 3:52:47 PM

I use fly parasites too. My horses have SE, so I put Boett blankets on them and the blankets work!

4/16/2014 3:22:15 PM

Our chickens free range around the barn and manure piles, eating flies & larvae!

4/16/2014 2:30:51 PM

I use fly parasite wasps, birds and fly sprays and masks if necessary.Keep the place neat.

4/16/2014 2:00:31 PM

I believe a combination of these methods is essential for adequate fly control.

4/16/2014 1:21:24 PM

Why can't we pick more than one method? I'm sure most people use multiple approaches to fly control.

4/16/2014 12:39:42 PM

Sprays. Masks and Manure removal done equally

4/16/2014 12:37:35 PM

Small amount of cedar shavings on top of pine shavings is great. Some horses are allergic to cedar.

4/16/2014 11:35:44 AM

Need a "multiple" option - we use premise, horse spray, masks, parasite wasps & manure removal!

4/16/2014 10:56:48 AM

Feed through fly growth inhibitors and Quick Bayt scatter bait in the barn in addition to fly sheet.

4/16/2014 10:55:21 AM

i use fly spray, fly sheets, individual fly sprayers in each stall and manure removal !!! Hard to vo

4/16/2014 10:53:59 AM

We use the feed through fly control mineral blocks. They work great

4/16/2014 10:53:08 AM

Also use fly predators

4/16/2014 8:57:49 AM

Fly spray, fly parasites, compost manure, and a fly mask on my more sensitive horse, if he needs it.

4/16/2014 8:47:13 AM

Management- horses in during the day

4/16/2014 8:32:38 AM

My chickens have kept my barn 99% fly free for over a year now.

4/16/2014 7:48:04 AM

Spot on fly repellants are used along with your above choices and a toad pond!

4/16/2014 4:18:43 AM

We use a variety--parasite wasps, fly traps, manure removal/composting, birds/bats and topical items

4/16/2014 2:14:25 AM

Fly spray, sheet, and leg wraps - helps a lot to prevent stamping causing chipped hooves and lamenes

4/16/2014 1:31:36 AM

Can i say "all of the above"? Here in AZ we have a fly problem year around-the battle never ends!

4/15/2014 10:59:07 PM

spray on body / mask on face

4/15/2014 10:12:40 PM

Fly Parasite, remove manure

4/15/2014 8:45:20 PM

Fly Trap Bags. Each dead fly is a hundred not hatched.

4/15/2014 8:40:19 PM

Manure pickup, fly predators, a good fly spray

4/15/2014 8:21:47 PM

I use fly masks, spray and have barn swallows

4/15/2014 6:27:13 PM

all of the above!

4/15/2014 6:07:44 PM

COMBO! *Natural* fly repellents, fly masks, birds/bats, manure composting, Sweet PDZ, DE

4/15/2014 6:05:03 PM

Fly parasites, manure management & other natural methods

4/15/2014 5:46:09 PM


4/15/2014 5:37:03 PM

Feed-through Simplifly control in addition to fly sprays

4/15/2014 5:30:37 PM

Fly predators and fly spray when out.

4/15/2014 5:27:48 PM

I use Equitrol feed thru, Fly masks and sheets, Fly Predators as well as Mosquito Halt.....SE Texas.

4/15/2014 5:27:37 PM

vaseline spread

4/15/2014 5:23:45 PM

Fly Predators

4/15/2014 5:09:33 PM

fly masks in day, fly misters in opening of barn keep inside of barn good, fans excellent help

4/15/2014 5:02:23 PM

An automated system in the barn, body sprays on the horses and metered boxes in outbuildings

4/15/2014 4:48:00 PM

Fly spray, mask, and sheet for my horse

4/15/2014 4:44:49 PM

I also use fly spray whenever working with the horses

4/15/2014 4:40:29 PM

chickens, fly spray and fly masks

4/15/2014 4:34:46 PM

Fly sprayers in the barn and fly parasites in the manure pile and pasture.

4/15/2014 4:23:07 PM

I add pyrethrins and skin so soft (Avon) to a base of horse fly spray. No mosquitos!

4/15/2014 3:44:40 PM

Use spray on the body, masks for the face and also have birds and bats around

4/15/2014 2:08:45 PM

In combination with the other options. Fly predators work wonders.

4/15/2014 1:33:34 PM

Sticky traps and a microbial spray to neutralize ammonia on pee spots

4/15/2014 1:23:09 PM

All the choices

4/15/2014 10:35:32 AM

A combination of topical sprays, premise sprays and, fly sheets.

4/15/2014 10:10:23 AM

UltraBoss for easy longer-term control

4/15/2014 9:24:16 AM

i have 2 sweet itch horses!!! sheets, masks, ointment & sprays as well as manure collecting.

4/15/2014 8:30:14 AM

I save a lot of money by only applying fly spray to my horse's legs when he wears his fly gear.

4/15/2014 8:06:55 AM

I put vinegar in the water tank and use fly traps in their stalls.

4/15/2014 7:17:45 AM

Feeding garlic

4/15/2014 3:25:03 AM

I use Fly Predators.

4/15/2014 1:02:54 AM

fly traps, sprays, and premises sprays. also, fly spray comes from the misters in the summer

4/15/2014 12:13:15 AM