Help! Mosquitoes are carrying my goats away!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by ronshoney, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. ronshoney

    ronshoney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 6 mo. old nigerians and 2 5 mo. old mini nubians and a 1 year old alpine/togg. mix. The mosquitoes are terrible! We haven't had enough real hot days and lots of rain lately. They are so bad that when the dog went to pee at the edge of the woods we were both covered. Needless to say he went very quickly. I am new to goats and don't know what to use to help them... I know I squeeze the garlic caps. on the cat and dog food from spring till Nov. to keep away the mosquitoes and fleas and sometimes we spray the dog with the backwoods cutter that we use on the kids but what is safe for goat. Oh and taking the garlic caps helps for humans too with mosquitoes.... but it might keep a few people away too!! [​IMG]
     
  2. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have goats but I think horse fly spray would work. I used to use it on my sheep when I had them. It helped keep flies, mosquitos, and gnats off of them.
     
  3. Sulteric

    Sulteric Out Of The Brooder

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    Horse fly spray? I did not know such a thing existed. I need some for my chickens and for my pool! Is there a site you would recommend get some?
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    If I buy online I buy from

    www.horse.com but do check your stuff when it arrives, I've twice had things missing, but they do have the best prices.

    you could try either a horse fly spray or a spot on as well, the spot on is supposed to work for two weeks, but it doens't work that long for me.

    I also bought a trap (dynatrap) and have a zapper.... we have MILLIONS of mosquitos as well...

    this time next year I'll have Muscovy's to eat em... I hope! [​IMG]
     
  5. Sulteric

    Sulteric Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a mosquito magnet and it worked very well until it died and there is little service for them. Once I get my tax ID I am going to get two defenders.

    The deer flies are a pain when we're in the pool. That may solve it. Certainly would be cheaper with mosquitos than a Mosquito Magnet at ~300 bucks.
     
  6. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After hearing mixed reviews, we finally bought a Mosquito Magnet, too. It really works - we've taken back our yard. Unfortunately, they're expensive to buy and expensive to keep fueled. Where you put it is key - upwind and in the shade. And you need to get it out at the beginning of the season to kill the breeding stock before they get a head start on you.
     
  7. WisconsinChick

    WisconsinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:When you have horses, fly spray is a necessity.
     
  8. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can find recipes on the internet for making it yourself. Get a heavy-duty spray bottle at Agway.
     
  9. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is a recipe for fly spray....

    1/3 cup pinesol,
    1/3 cup white vinegar,
    1/3 cup water....
     
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  10. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
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    we bought our mosquito magnet 3 yrs ago when they were $500 and it has been worth every penny. Half of our little 9/10ths of an acre is cedar swamp and we never have a problem anymore .
     

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