I started using Bug Check for my horses this spring and boy, does it work! Give it about three weeks from the time you start feeding it and you will see the difference. I buy mine through KVvet, in the 10 lb. size. It has garlic and diatomaceous earth in it plus some other things. By the way, if you give your livestock diatomaceous earth, you do not have to worm them.
Betty, try apple cider vinegar, put it in a spray bottle and spray it on your animals. I do this for my pets and chickens.
I have 10 cats, a dog, 5 cockatiels, a goat and chickens and just started using Diatomaceous earth. I bought FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous earth because I want it IN the animals as well as ON them and around their sheds/coops/bedding, etc. Make sure if you try it, to use only the FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous earth.
I use Gordon's pony and horse spray. It works really well, and I also use a fly mask on my horses. But here is my secret; I put like 2 ounces of mineralized salt in their food. Once the salt is through their system, when they poop, the flies do not hang around the poop in the stables. People always comment about the lack of flies.
I was just reading about how to get rid of gnats on another site and I keep seeing where people were using vinegar, and some dawn dish soap in a shallow bowl to ATTRACT the gnats over, then they would drink the vinegar and would die from ingesting the soap. So how does the vinegar work as a repellent as well? I have had pretty good success with Absorbine Jr. as a repellent around the faces of my camels, zebras, horses as well as myself. I have just moved down to South GA and the gnats were about to carry us away. Hope this will help some of you as well.
Avon's Skin So Soft.
It also works to keep fleas off dogs. My mother rubbed it on her little poodle when she bathed him. It seems like I have heard that it has been used at county fairs on horses to keep flys off, And it smells nice !
I use kerosene, water and dishwashing liquid (any kind) mixed equally. Put in spray bottle avoiding eye area. I have been doing this for years and it has always worked for me.
I would like home remedies for flies and gnats on horses and around the barn.
Response (Dr. McCall) - 05/24/2004 11:24 AM
"The best home remedy for fly and gnat control around horses is cleanliness. Make sure that all potential fly and gnat breeding places are cleaned up. These breeding places are any moist debris (wet hay piles, rotting vegetation, manure, wet areas under feeders and waterers, etc.). Stalls and sheds should be cleaned daily. Also, water troughs should be emptied and cleaned weekly and areas that collect rain water should be eliminated to reduce gnat and mosquito populations. All manure and vegetative debris should be composed to reduce insect eggs and larvae. If horses are stalled, screens and fans can help reduce insects in stalls. Unfortunately, other home remedies (herbs, vinegar, etc.)are not extremely effective in controlling insects around horses. There are a large number of "natural" insect repellents on the market which might help with minor fly infestations, but probably would be overwhelmed if the horse owner has a large insect problem or has neighbors with fly producing situations (other livestock, dog kennels, wet areas, etc.). Also there are fly predators on the market which eventually reduce fly numbers in a contained situation, but these predators do not reduce flies already in the environment. Fortunately, there are many effective and safe chemicals on the market which can repel and kill flies on horses, in manure or around the stable. If the horse owner decides to use these insecticides, he should read and follow label directions when using the products."
My daughter is fostering a retired race horse. He is very gentle, the problem is he gets bit by mosquitoes, flies and horse flies. Horse spray, human spray and Skin-So-Soft have been tried but don't work. He gets welts from the bites. Does anyone have a solution? She has to keep him in the barn with a bug zapper and fan on him but he really wants to be outside. He has broke through two fences trying to get away from the flies biting him and ran back into his stall.
Anna from Owls Head, Maine
You can find the bags at the Hardware or feed store. I think I paid about $10.00, they are worth it. They smell to high Heaven and that draws the flies. They're also non-poisonous, too. As for mosquitoes and gnats, I use a Garlic mixture on my dogs and it keeps the Mosquitoes and gnats away. I found it online and ordered the powder. I also sprayed it all around my property and we're not bothered with them anymore. It also got rid of the Horse Flies. I can't remember the website but will look it up and post it later. (07/09/2007)
By Lila Arroyo
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