Equine herbal supplements containing garlic (there’s that word again), yeast and grape seed oil claim to keep insects off your horse and create an unpleasant manure environment for larvae. When fed daily, the supplement helps reduce the fly population and repels other biting insects from your horse. An added benefit to using supplements is that garlic is known to help the circulatory, respiratory and immune system.
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Alright, I have to admit that I’m taking more delight in writing this post than I probably should. But simply put, insecticides KILL as well as repel bugs by disrupting the insects’ nervous system. Ok, Okay. Now I know that sounds really sadistic of me, but these buggers cause a lot of grief to livestock and of course it comes with a hefty price tag of deadly disease if they are allowed to stay and play with the herd.
So yes, it is shameful of me to wish ill will of these little buggers but facts are facts and any one in the western industry will tell you they just have to go!
It would seem as though everything needs water to survive. That includes the life of a mosquito or a midge.
Standing water is a natural breeding ground for these little pests. And these pests can have some deadly side effects if they aren’t controlled.
A mosquito develops from egg to adult in 30 days. The eggs themselves hatch into larvae in just 7 days.
It’s VITAL that this life cycle be stopped dead in their tracks and proper water management can help take care of that.
Cleaning water troughs and keeping the drinking water fresh and clean are key elements to keeping your livestock happy and above all healthy.
Remember that ounce of prevention? Well it works here too.
Make sure that your pasture, paddocks, corrals and stalls have proper drainage. If not, it’s important to make sure you get this under control. It’s a given that standing water will eventually become stagnant water after a while.
If you have standing water and there is just no way to get rid of it until it evaporates see my article on insecticides.
Mosquito rings (often referred to as donuts) kill larvae as well as adults in standing water.