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Pest Control

Fly spray tends to fall into the category of “things we use regularly, but don’t necessarily understand." If you’ve owned a horse for any length of time, you’ve no doubt used your share of fly spray. But do you know...
Keeping insects away from your horse and out of your barn can seem an exercise in futility at times. While there are loads of fly-control products on the market, everyone seems to have a theory about what else can...
Sweeping, scrubbing and removing cobwebs from each stall is a ritual at Jill Girardi-Thomas’ Franklin, Tenn., barn. But all this cleaning is not just about presenting a spotless environment to her riding students and other visitors. It’s all about...
Standing water near your horse's home can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.   Amazing how a tiny insect can cause serious problems for a 1000-pound horse, but mosquitoes can do just that. Those pesky mosquitoes are more than just annoying. They transmit...
It takes an integrated, multi-step strategy to keep flies under control. By using a combination of methods, you can target flies in the barn, on your property and on your horse. The earlier you implement fly control practices, the...
Flies always provoke some kind of reaction around a horse, whether it’s a stomp of a hoof or a swish of a tail. But some unlucky horses have an even greater reaction, one that goes far beyond a mere...
Nothing ruins your summer-riding fun like swarms of flies and other biting insects. Besides being annoying, these pests can spread disease and even cause injury when your horse spends all day stomping at them. Here we've compiled some of...
Housefly: This fly is commonly found milling around your horse's face in order to lap moisture from his eyes and nose with its sponging mouthparts. It will also feed on wounds. The housefly favors sweet things as well, such as...
Summertime means spending more time with your horse, whether it’s hitting the show circuit, trail riding or just hanging out. Unfortunately, flies are also a part of this otherwise bucolic season. Regardless of where you keep your horse, during...
Fly season can be a miserable time for horses and humans. Aside from being nuisances, flying insects can be vectors (agents) for serious diseases, such as West Nile virus (WNV) and Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). Here are the main pests...
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