Use these tips from AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam to to win the war against flies this summer.
May 30, 2012
From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam
Fly control keeps your horse comfortable. But that’s not the only reason to minimize flies. Flies and other biting insects pose a major health risk to your horse and you. Flies carry a number of dangerous diseases that become more of a problem as fly populations increase. Flies live, feed and breed in filth, where germs, bacteria and communicable diseases thrive. Good hygiene is critical to keeping flies and other filthy problems under control.
Start With a Strategy
Start your fly-control program early to keep fly populations down all season. It’s easier and more economical to prevent a heavy fly buildup than to fight it. Effective fly control means eliminating flies on all fronts, at all stages in the fly life cycle. Eliminating immature flies reduces the number of biting, breeding adult flies you have to deal with. No single fly product will solve your fly-control problem. You need an overall plan to get rid of flies where they live, feed and breed. For maximum effectiveness, attack flies on all fronts: on your horse, in the barn and around outdoor areas.
AQHA offers an in-depth look at horse hoof health and some of the common hoof problems many horses face in the Equine Hoof Health report.
On Your Horse
The final line of defense against flies is on your horse. Farnam provides a proven, effective lineup of sprays, spot-ons, lotions, roll-ons, ointments and masks to create a protective barrier between your horse and flying pests.
Fly-Control Management Tips
Keep it clean:
- Dispose of fly breeding material, including manure and used bedding
- Keep paddocks and corrals clean and dry
- Scrub water buckets and troughs weekly
- Remove standing water that may serve as a mosquito breeding ground
Order Equine Hoof Health today and keep your horse’s feet healthy!
Read the label
- Read all labels before use and heed warnings
- Mix concentrates with the exact amount of water recommended
- Apply according to label directions
- Do not mix different fly repellents together