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What insect control methods are you using at your farm this year?

Chemical products (sprays and wipes)
28%
1192
Baits or traps
12%
519
Fly sheets, masks, and/or leg wraps
21%
886
Biological controls (encourage birds to take up residence, "fly predators")
14%
568
Removing manure and standing water from the barn area
25%
1039

Total votes cast: 4204

Comments & Write-in Answers

natural fly sprays, as my horses have allergic reactions to the chemical ones, fly masks, barn fans.

6/18/2007 11:55:30 AM

EPPS Biting Fly traps work on the big horseflies. Farnum has them.

6/18/2007 9:50:24 AM

Parasitic wasps and feed through fly control.

6/18/2007 9:39:18 AM

fans

6/18/2007 8:39:01 AM

bounce fabric softner sheets, apple cider viniger

6/18/2007 8:09:03 AM

fly spary & fly traps

6/17/2007 11:40:48 PM

Oldtimer's control "Apple Cider Vinegar"

6/17/2007 10:59:40 PM

garlic

6/17/2007 10:30:17 PM

chickens really do a good job

6/17/2007 6:59:54 PM

Feed thru fly control

6/17/2007 6:30:44 PM

feeding Simplifly and fans to keep air moving

6/17/2007 4:22:56 PM

Chemicals only when needed but mostly natural sprays. And bug off garlic added to daily feed.

6/17/2007 2:32:42 PM

feed through- BUG CHECK

6/17/2007 1:23:47 PM

Very small amount of chemical wipes when riding outdoors.

6/17/2007 11:01:46 AM

adding apple cider vinegar to drinking water; night turnout

6/16/2007 11:00:28 PM

add garlic powder to the feed and elderflower bushes at the doors.

6/16/2007 6:42:44 PM

solitude

6/16/2007 12:15:08 PM

feed through

6/16/2007 10:33:30 AM

Feeding powdered garlic in grain & using fans in barn

6/16/2007 10:07:48 AM

tried fly predators until learned that ivermectin kills them

6/15/2007 9:06:36 PM

Equi-spot. it works very well on our two horses.

6/15/2007 8:38:10 PM

feedingarlic and 14 spot on

6/15/2007 4:08:11 PM

fly masks

6/15/2007 3:48:02 PM

fly repellant sprays

6/15/2007 2:48:23 PM

homemade natural ingrediants spray

6/15/2007 12:46:34 PM

We have lots of swallows in and around the barn that eat lots of bugs.

6/15/2007 12:12:14 PM

fly predators

6/15/2007 12:05:55 PM

fly paper, NO feed through methods, spot treatment on horses

6/15/2007 10:28:36 AM

feed through fly control

6/15/2007 10:25:06 AM

Auto-mist fly control system, repair all slow leaks in pastures to reduce damp breeding areas

6/15/2007 8:28:38 AM

organic

6/15/2007 7:51:51 AM

Yes! I vacuum the barn walls early in the morning when the flies are asleep. Its easy!! Effective

6/15/2007 2:40:35 AM

all the above

6/15/2007 12:26:11 AM

bug check

6/15/2007 12:19:51 AM

Diluted essential oils in a spray bottle.

6/14/2007 11:11:48 PM

fans in barn

6/14/2007 10:13:37 PM

Any thing and every thing but chemicals - but we still have flies!

6/14/2007 9:27:06 PM

We have fed garlic for many years, and have not used any chemicals since.

6/14/2007 9:08:59 PM

Suppliers of biological controls, e.g. fly predators need an increased presence in the marketplace.

6/14/2007 9:08:18 PM

device that spray pesticide every 15 minutes in stall. works great

6/14/2007 9:07:50 PM

We use feed through, works great!

6/14/2007 8:14:08 PM

acorn poisoning

6/14/2007 6:46:34 PM

none!

6/14/2007 6:26:22 PM

vinegar/skinsosoft/eucalyptusoil mix

6/14/2007 6:19:40 PM

There hasn't been anything made to deter Horn flies and Deer flies, so I quit wasting money on it.

6/14/2007 5:37:24 PM

shoofly spray system

6/14/2007 5:37:04 PM

I do them all in one way or another.

6/14/2007 5:15:22 PM

burning smudges in the barn yard when the mosquitoes are bad

6/14/2007 4:56:08 PM

Off "Deep woods"

6/14/2007 4:23:01 PM

Because we are using fly predators again this year our use of chemicals this year has been none!

6/14/2007 3:32:01 PM

feeding garlic and diotomaceous earth

6/14/2007 1:40:32 PM

natural sprays

6/14/2007 1:10:58 PM

equine garlic to keep ticks off. 80% effective this year.

6/14/2007 10:44:29 AM

Would like to know more about bio controls

6/14/2007 10:43:01 AM

Bug Check

6/14/2007 9:25:10 AM

we also use Diatomaceous Earth food supplement - not the type used in swimming pool!

6/14/2007 8:43:02 AM

garlic

6/14/2007 2:44:47 AM

also Farnham's Solitude IGR -- works well!

6/14/2007 12:06:07 AM

avon skin so solf and fly spary work good & the price is right.

6/13/2007 9:56:00 PM

i use spray, fly mask and removing manure

6/13/2007 9:44:30 PM

solitude

6/13/2007 8:00:25 PM

non-petroleum based products - plant origin only!

6/13/2007 7:59:35 PM

fly predators

6/13/2007 7:57:29 PM

Garlic

6/13/2007 7:55:33 PM

Tried everything know to man and put here by God - NADA!! Maybe from all that much needed rain!

6/13/2007 7:27:14 PM

Daily feed through fly control (Solitude).

6/13/2007 6:10:50 PM

bait traps near hen house, double whammy for the flies

6/13/2007 5:57:44 PM

chickens

6/13/2007 5:40:41 PM

koi in the water troughs eat the mosquito larvae

6/13/2007 4:24:44 PM

natural fly sprays

6/13/2007 4:23:45 PM

applecider vinegar

6/13/2007 3:59:20 PM

bug check

6/13/2007 3:57:43 PM

I am trying to go natural with vinegar, citranella and skin so soft

6/13/2007 3:52:58 PM

feed through controls

6/13/2007 3:07:05 PM

Feed through fly control

6/13/2007 2:44:54 PM

vingar in water

6/13/2007 2:42:36 PM

feed apple cider vinegar

6/13/2007 2:20:39 PM

garlic

6/13/2007 2:06:40 PM

everything i can! still tons of mosquitos though

6/13/2007 1:33:08 PM

Equitrol

6/13/2007 1:08:07 PM

Solitude feed thru

6/13/2007 12:43:55 PM

Fly predators are very effective as is daily manure removal

6/13/2007 12:11:23 PM

Cover manure pile with tarp.

6/13/2007 12:05:21 PM

Keeping the barn/horses/pasture manure-free & using fly sprays seems to help.

6/13/2007 11:44:48 AM

Seems to be an increase in deer & horse flies in SW FL this year.

6/13/2007 11:43:13 AM

I feed my horses Garlic and this really helps.

6/13/2007 11:38:39 AM

we tried the fly predators, they worked until the summer rains, then they were washed away

6/13/2007 11:34:49 AM

"Spot on" 2 week treatment

6/13/2007 11:33:12 AM

Free range chickens

6/13/2007 11:26:11 AM

i find that Endure Fly Spray works great for when it rains and it last up to 7 days

6/13/2007 11:22:32 AM

Human "bug spray" seems to work better than equine versions. Deep Woods Off is great for deer flies

6/13/2007 10:52:01 AM

free range chickens

6/13/2007 10:49:11 AM

freedom 45 spot on control. last 2 weeks per application, spray if really humid

6/13/2007 10:47:45 AM

Keep tall grass and weeds trimmed

6/13/2007 10:39:20 AM

FANS

6/13/2007 10:32:12 AM

Electronic light/sticky board trap

6/13/2007 10:31:24 AM

feed through fly control

6/13/2007 9:59:48 AM

Use anything I can....

6/13/2007 9:57:57 AM

feed thru fly contol

6/13/2007 9:36:16 AM

homemade bug repellent

6/13/2007 9:35:27 AM

insect control system for barn - fly spray based on chrysantamum

6/13/2007 9:32:44 AM

letting tails and manes grow out, provide large shelters

6/13/2007 9:32:24 AM

Feed a garlic supplement and plant basil around the barn. Turn on the big fan in the barn.

6/13/2007 9:22:26 AM

Screen windows and hanging screen curtains in doorways

6/13/2007 9:12:11 AM

homemade skin-so-soft bath oil and peppermint wipe-on

6/13/2007 8:57:38 AM

Apple Cider Vinegar

6/13/2007 8:57:37 AM

feed through growth inhibitor

6/13/2007 8:55:38 AM

Feed supplement that kills larvae

6/13/2007 8:51:38 AM

Mosquito dunks in trough & natural fly sprays

6/13/2007 8:43:45 AM

We live in bugtopia Florida,so we need all bug control we can get!

6/13/2007 8:42:37 AM

only putting the horses out at certain times of day

6/13/2007 8:36:49 AM

Also trying feed through-doesn't seem to be doing much!

6/13/2007 8:30:45 AM

Insect growth regulator in feed

6/13/2007 8:30:11 AM

drag fields

6/13/2007 8:28:26 AM

feed thru fly control

6/13/2007 8:26:24 AM

Equitrol

6/13/2007 8:19:16 AM

fly spray, masks, swallows and ducks

6/13/2007 8:19:14 AM

Garlic and apple cider vinegar

6/13/2007 8:18:11 AM

Feed through fly control

6/13/2007 8:07:15 AM

I also use fly spray!

6/13/2007 6:51:51 AM

Equispot on horses every two weeks gives excellent results.

6/13/2007 6:35:47 AM

All of the choices given - depends on the problem

6/13/2007 6:26:27 AM

Keep fields mowed, horses stay inside all day with fans on each stall door

6/13/2007 4:44:52 AM

Keep horses clean

6/13/2007 4:33:55 AM

turn out horses during the night, stabling during the day

6/13/2007 3:47:25 AM

Mowing high standing grass

6/13/2007 2:52:40 AM

feed through

6/13/2007 1:54:43 AM

ANYTHING TO GET RID OF THOSE PESKY FLYS!

6/13/2007 1:50:03 AM

The manure pile is turned regularly and covered with a tarp.

6/13/2007 12:59:12 AM

DAILY Ingested larvae control (Simplifly)

6/13/2007 12:26:53 AM

fly predators

6/13/2007 12:18:24 AM

I've given up on chemical warfare and gone to garlic. this sceptic is impressed!

6/12/2007 11:23:04 PM

Feed through larvicides, natural products like tea tree oil directly on the horse.

6/12/2007 11:08:11 PM

Garlic Suppliment

6/12/2007 11:04:37 PM

Mosquito Magnet

6/12/2007 11:01:58 PM

I do spray for mosquitos but not flies

6/12/2007 10:58:52 PM

We live in killer fly area--upstate NY . Fly predators have been a huge success on our small farm

6/12/2007 10:45:52 PM

spot on

6/12/2007 10:36:47 PM

Fans in stalls and sheds, remove uneaten hay, especially "quids"

6/12/2007 10:28:13 PM

I use all of the methods listed!

6/12/2007 10:11:09 PM

garlic in feed

6/12/2007 10:09:01 PM

feed equitrol daily

6/12/2007 9:46:43 PM

Water Bags around stall areas to reduce flys

6/12/2007 9:32:45 PM

feed through big check

6/12/2007 9:29:13 PM

more flies this year because of the rain

6/12/2007 9:08:11 PM

DE in food

6/12/2007 8:55:57 PM

Free roaming Chickens and Guinea Hens

6/12/2007 8:49:34 PM

Using everything to control the nasty buggers.

6/12/2007 8:48:35 PM

all of the above

6/12/2007 8:23:05 PM

We also make our own homemade sprays. Pinesol, water and apple cider vinegar. Works best...

6/12/2007 8:12:00 PM

fly spray system

6/12/2007 8:07:35 PM

parasitic wasps

6/12/2007 7:58:25 PM

Port Orford Cedar Oil - great, new, natural fly spray

6/12/2007 7:55:32 PM

the weather has not been conducive to insect development this year

6/12/2007 7:38:16 PM

Are these nasty biting little (and big) insects really necessary to the food chain????

6/12/2007 7:34:15 PM

Garlic Powder

6/12/2007 7:27:31 PM

I don't know anyone using feed throughs

6/12/2007 6:52:08 PM

Daily turnout - stabled 6pm to 9am

6/12/2007 6:47:38 PM

We employ a bunch of chickens, fresh eggs, less flies.

6/12/2007 6:22:08 PM

Also home made natural fly spray

6/12/2007 6:17:59 PM

predatory bees/wasps

6/12/2007 6:14:21 PM

Wrens, Bluebirds & Swallows nesting here each year getting them. Spray for directly on the horse.

6/12/2007 6:10:11 PM

pasture aeration/harrowing

6/12/2007 6:01:05 PM

got my first purple martin houses this year! So far so good!

6/12/2007 5:54:45 PM

Give 2 scoops garlic per day

6/12/2007 5:54:09 PM

I use all of the mentioned methods

6/12/2007 5:49:51 PM

I amtrying the wasp predators for fly control. Is there anything that works on the large horse fly?

6/12/2007 5:40:36 PM

Dark barn with fans

6/12/2007 5:35:51 PM

Wasp fly predators

6/12/2007 5:22:32 PM

apple cidar vinegar works great

6/12/2007 5:21:14 PM

skin-so-soft and vinegar, but it makes some horses sneeze at first

6/12/2007 5:10:22 PM

barn screens

6/12/2007 5:03:31 PM

One word - Pyranha

6/12/2007 4:57:07 PM

I use a combination of all, except encourage birds.

6/12/2007 4:54:12 PM

rabon blocks

6/12/2007 4:48:52 PM

we have lots of dragonflies, birds, and a few bats to help out

6/12/2007 4:47:45 PM

And yet we still have mosquitos, horse and deer flies!

6/12/2007 4:47:07 PM

have several game birds around the barn, that feed on the fly larve

6/12/2007 4:45:55 PM

The Bugs are HORRIBLE this year. Bites Galore!!!

6/12/2007 4:34:37 PM

We also use diatomaceous earth added in feed to cutdown, if not eliminate, fly eggs in manure.

6/12/2007 4:26:16 PM

keep stock tanks low and change frequently to prevent mosquito larvae

6/12/2007 4:18:07 PM

fly spray before riding - after if i hose off. otherwise: nothing

6/12/2007 4:17:24 PM

feeding garlic

6/12/2007 4:15:06 PM

garlic,herbal sprays

6/12/2007 4:14:06 PM

I have found one of my best investments to be fly predators

6/12/2007 4:04:49 PM

Barn Swallows keep my barn bug free.

6/12/2007 4:02:12 PM

Solitude

6/12/2007 4:01:38 PM

We are indutated and I would love to have more info about getting rid of flys

6/12/2007 3:59:48 PM

Fly system

6/12/2007 3:59:34 PM

Planning to install screen doors in the barn

6/12/2007 3:57:58 PM

First year using Fly predators

6/12/2007 3:52:38 PM

Equi-spot treatment once every 2 weeks on each of 4 geldings seems to work great!

6/12/2007 3:48:04 PM

Letting Horses out at night

6/12/2007 3:45:15 PM

Keeping grass short to deter bugs

6/12/2007 3:43:14 PM

fly feed through control

6/12/2007 3:42:20 PM

Also usee Equi-spot and a water based fly spray when they get bad. Works great!!!

6/12/2007 3:40:56 PM

natural vet products

6/12/2007 3:37:21 PM

spray, fans, and clean clean clean!

6/12/2007 3:34:29 PM

Haven't found a flyspray that works as well as it says it does.

6/12/2007 3:32:28 PM

Feed-thru fly control

6/12/2007 3:23:17 PM

Springtime, Inc. Bug-Off Garlic for Horses (oral supplemlent)

6/12/2007 3:20:05 PM

Non-chemical sprays & wipes

6/12/2007 3:17:51 PM

Stall Dry is a great product, helps odors & bugs!

6/12/2007 3:12:43 PM

Equispot works!

6/12/2007 3:11:29 PM

herbal sprays

6/12/2007 3:07:55 PM

I use a feed through fly control and it works wonders!!

6/12/2007 3:04:30 PM

A powerful fan in the stall is helpful, too.

6/12/2007 3:03:43 PM

solitude

6/12/2007 3:03:04 PM

We have had good luck with fly predators.

6/12/2007 3:00:48 PM

Use of a natural Centranella spray, fly masks, and cleaning manure areas help.

6/12/2007 2:56:12 PM

CEILING FANS

6/12/2007 2:55:20 PM

Zuffa Spray by EQUItelligent. 100% natural and it actually works!

6/12/2007 2:53:13 PM

Compost the manure before hauling it off

6/12/2007 2:49:34 PM

Crisco on the belly bite area.

6/12/2007 2:47:49 PM

Pyrethrin fly system in stalls set on timer

6/12/2007 2:45:43 PM

Drag pastures.

6/12/2007 2:45:18 PM

Essential oils

6/12/2007 2:43:16 PM

Pfizer "spot" treatments are the best!! My saddlebred gets hives without it. also fly masks

6/12/2007 2:41:30 PM

We are fairly successful using all of the above

6/12/2007 2:40:41 PM

Auto Mist Spray System

6/12/2007 2:40:08 PM

Garlic in feed-works for us!

6/12/2007 2:36:48 PM

Use the sprays on the horses. Not around the barn as they will kill the fly predators

6/12/2007 2:35:31 PM

Garlic added to feed -- it really does work!

6/12/2007 2:25:28 PM

All except cutting back on sprays and using Bug Off garlic powder

6/12/2007 2:22:00 PM

We use masks, sprays, and fly traps. My Horse N M Scent Sational Juniper spray works miracles!

6/12/2007 2:19:51 PM

Composting the manur makes a huge difference!

6/12/2007 2:19:38 PM

I'll try anything that works to give my horse some relief!

6/12/2007 2:02:36 PM