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Herbal Supplements


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.

So they say

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Traps, Tapes, Lights and Zappers


Ok this will be a short post, but once again this will be a shame on me one.  As there is part of this post that brings me great delight when I think about it.  I’m sure you’ll see just exactly which part brings me delight as you read on.

Fly traps TRAP adult flies when they’re most active.  Fly tape traps and KILL flies that get stuck in the tacky tape.  (No this is not the part I like – keep reading.) Spectrum lights repel the insects.  A quick note here:  Yellow spectrum lights draw fewer midges than do blue or green ones do.

Bug Zappers

 

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Flysheets & Masks


Flysheets and masks offer protection from flies and mosquitos by covering the skin and eyes.  Flysheets and masks are helpful if the horse is sensitive to biting insects.  An added bonus is they provide protection to the horse(s) coat and skin from sunbleaching and sunburn.  (Light skinned horses are candidates for that danger zone.)  Flysheets range in price from $40.00 – $175.00 and masks range from $10.00 – $30.00.

In contrast to the benefit

 

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Natural & Non-Toxic Repellents


Concerns to human health give rise to alternative insect repellents that contain naturally occurring oils, extracts and herbs.  Tomato, marigold, eucalyptus and citronella are but to name a few.  These ingredients repel rather than kill flies, mosquitos, gnats and midges.  Natural fly repellents don’t usually contain carcinogens or potential carcinogens and range in price from $5.00 – $30.00 per bottle.

Let me repeat that!

 

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Insecticides


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!

Protect Your Horse!

 

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Agricultural Benefits of the Parasitic Wasp


A Parasitic Wasp is actually, or should actually be called a Parasitoid, as it does not feed on its’ host for life.  A parisitoid feeds on its’ host, then kills it!  Now this is probably gross to some (and yes this post will most likely give me a nightmare) but it’s kinda cool too, when ya think about it.  And yes, it’s true they ARE helpful to the agricultural world, which makes for a double cool thumbs up from me.

The parasitic wasp will tap into the very little buggers that, well, annoy us and cause great distress in our rainbows, butterflies and greener pastures factor.

There are many varieties of parasitic wasps but they all provide a benefit in one form or another.  They are often mis-identified as winged ants or stinging wasps.  However…

Wasps with Benefits

 

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Water Management


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.

♥HELPFUL HINTS

Mosquito rings (often referred to as donuts) kill larvae as well as adults in standing water.

 

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