Rodent & Pest Control


Natural Insect Control Options

May 13, 2016

Horses for Clean Water's Alayne Blickle offers advice on controlling flies and other bugs on horse properties.... Read More


Flies and Bugs: Protect Your Horse

April 29, 2016

Mites, lice, flies, and mosquitoes can cause irritation to horses and carry dangerous diseases. ... Read More

As horse owners, we often wrongly believe we're destined to "put up" with flies and pests. But happily, there are many ways we can reduce their numbers with techniques that are less harsh and often in concert with the natural world around us. Here are a few tips for pest control that will help you reduce chemical use, enhance the environment around us, and improve your horse's health.


Natural Horse Farm Insect (and Pest) Control

April 22, 2016

What eats 600 mosquitoes an hour? Find out and get more tips for protecting your horse from disease-spreading insects!... Read More


Welcome Swallows Back to Your Horse Property!

March 09, 2016

March and April mark the return of these little birds that play a big role in horse-property insect control. ... Read More


Anticoagulant Rodenticide and Sudden Horse Deaths

February 27, 2016

Researchers found that anticoagulant rodenticide ingestion coupled with strenuous exercise can be fatal to horses.... Read More


Interspecies Threats: Is Your Horse at Risk?

February 22, 2016

Discover what diseases your horse can catch from other animals, big and small. ... Read More

Rabies is a fatal zoonotic disease that affects mammals. Zoonotic means different animal species can contract it from each other. Humans, horses, pets, and wildlife are all at risk for rabies.


Horses and the Risk of Rabies

February 03, 2016

Learn how to protect your horses from rabies, a fatal zoonotic disease that affects mammals. Hint: Vaccination is key!... Read More


Poll Recap: Unwanted Barn Guests

November 10, 2015

Of the 1,338 poll respondents, 682 (51%) said they use cats to control rodents in their barn and feed-storage areas. ... Read More


What's Lurking in Your Forage?

November 09, 2015

From toxins and molds to opossum droppings and animal carcasses, forage can contain a variety of harmful contaminants.... Read More


Nontoxic Rodent Control on Horse Farms

October 23, 2015

Discover natural ways to control mice, rats, and other problem rodents on your horse farm. ... Read More

 Horse owner Alan Shank kept horses on his downtown Mukilteo, Washington, property for 16 years and maintained a positive relationships with nonhorsey neighbors.


Making Friends with Horseless Neighbors

September 28, 2015

What techniques have you found work for you in your non-horsey neighborhood?... Read More


Healthful Horse Barns

September 12, 2015

Consider these horse health and safety-oriented design aspects when building or renovating your barn.... Read More


Controlling Burrowing Rodents in Pastures

August 07, 2015

Find out how to prevent groundhogs, voles, and other pests from leaving horse-limb-sized holes in your pastures.... Read More


Nine Tips on Keeping Your Horse Safe from Pests

July 31, 2015

From vaccinating against disease to storing feed properly, learn how to protect your horses from pests.... Read More


Evicting Carpenter Bees

July 27, 2015

What is the best way to get rid of carpenter bees without harming my horse? ... Read More

Violet-green swallows are common North American insect-eaters.


Free, Non-Toxic Insect Control for Horse Properties

June 03, 2015

Encourage insect-eating birds to move into your yards, pasture and barn areas.... Read More


Getting to the Bottom of a Bite

May 26, 2015

Toxic reactions to bites are uncommon in horses, but when they do occur the consequences can be serious.... Read More

Spring is in the air! Now’s the time to get your horse property ready for the season.


Spring Cleaning Tips: Getting Ready for Growing Season

March 19, 2015

What are your spring cleaning goals? ... Read More

Install a bat box to attract these bug-loving flyers - but be patient, it can take up to two years for residents to move in.


Bats in My Barn

March 16, 2015

Bats have moved into one horse owner's barn. Find out if that's a good or bad thing.... Read More


Rodenticide Linked to Six Sudden Racehorse Deaths

December 19, 2014

Officials found trace amounts of anticoagulant rodenticide in six horses that died suddenly following exercise.... Read More


10 Toxic Substances to Avoid

December 08, 2014

Learn about 10 common plants and chemicals your horse should never eat.... Read More

Reduce brown recluse spider numbers around the barn and other areas by keeping the barn area clean. If you spot webs, knock them down carefully.


Creepy Crawlies, Part 3: Snakes and Spiders

June 13, 2014

Here's how to handle snake or spider bites should your horse have a run-in with one of these critters.... Read More


5 Things You Need to Know: Snake Bites and Horses

May 29, 2014

Learn from a critical-care veterinarian what you should do if you suspect a snake has bitten your horse.... Read More


Remember Burrowing Rodents in Farm Management Plans

May 20, 2014

Burrowing rodents can damage pastures and cause injuries to horses. Here's how to mange them.... Read More

Aggressive carpenter bees are one of many flying or crawling pest species that can cause extensive damage to wood barn structures.


Property Pest Control

January 22, 2014

Get acquainted with potential pests that could harm you, your horse, and even your barn structures. ... Read More