Need opinions for horse fly and other fly problems

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by southernsibe, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. southernsibe

    southernsibe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry so long

    Background


    I have flies, mine and everyone else's. Here is the long story short. When I moved my horses to my property last year, we already had a problem with flies. The neighbors across the street to put it mildly live in filth. There is no nice way to put it. The manure from their five horses kept penned in a too small pen, is never really cleaned. Sometimes they move the poop around with the mud, but, it is not a nice situation. The fowl is completely free range. Meaning, they don't have a coop, there is a large out building full of stuff, which is covered with chicken etc poop, with both end doors open. That is where they roost, if they go in anything. There are goats, cats and dogs, horses, and those are the outside pets. So when I moved my horses here, I was talking causally to the wife and had mentioned that I was going to use fly predators for the flies. She asked if she could piggy back my order. We were new to the neighborhood and I wanted to give them a chance despite what other people told me. I ordered triple the amount of fly predators, and gave them to these people. I did this for an entire season, she never paid me. I let it go because it was in my best interest to at least lessen the flies. I can't afford to do that this year. The situation is worse this year, and animal control has become involved. And the flies are awful.

    I need to do something for my horses. Does anyone have ideas for a fly sheet that won't cause them to over heat? That is something that I am concerned about as well. The humidity has been very high and it only promises to go higher.

    I know this was long, and partly a rant, thanks for any ideas or help
    Rachel
     
  2. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Do you have stalls? If so, stall them during the day with fans and battery operated fly sprayers (work AWESOME)...then do night turn out with the fly sheets as well.

    The only suggestion I had faded away as I was reading your whole post. Fly predators are really your only option.

    Stinks, literally, to have neighbors like that.
     
  3. texasreb

    texasreb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm grasping at straws here, but could you put up some bird houses for purple martins? It won't help now, but they are great bug eaters and having an established colony can only help with all of your insect problems in the future.

    I've heard that the martins don't eat the predator wasps because the wasp lives near the ground and the martin in an aerial hunter....
     
  4. southernsibe

    southernsibe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've spoken with a friend of mine that has a mister system set up. She says it works really well for her, and the flies seem to have diminished quite a bit between the fans and the mist. i don't know if the mister will work in my environment b/c it is so humid. Although with the fan it almost sounds like a swamp fan system.


    I've never had to use fly sheets before. The spray has always been enough. Now I am looking at getting coverage from nose to tail plus leg wraps. I was looking today at one of their hind hooves and the chips and cracks are pretty obviously from stomping. If they are already hot, how do they tolerate the fly sheets?

    thanks guys, I knew I could get some help and ideas here

    Rachel
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I have not had overheating problems with regular ol' flysheets, but I have also not lived in super-hot super-humid climates (NJ is probably the hottest humidest place I've used flysheets). I am a fan of Schneiders' brand, flysheets as well as winter turnout sheets (www.sstack.com), but there are other decent brands as well if you look around. I had one of the original Kensingtons, circa 1994, and got ELEVEN YEARS of frequent use out of it before it finally disintegrated. They don't make 'em like that anymore [​IMG]

    Consider one or two big, ag-type fans mounted in the horses' shed (I am assuming they have some sort of run-in shed). Like the biggest ones that people take to shows, not to hang on the stalls but to aim at 'parked' horses. You can put them on a timer. Smart Horses (although of course not everyone is that lucky <g>) will figure out that if they park themselves in front of the fan, no flies. Non Smart Horses can have this repeatedly demonstrated to them til the lightbulb goes on, as eventually it will.

    There are some fly leg-wraps that came out 3-4 yrs ago that I have heard VERY good things about, but have never tried myself and of course do I remember their name, no. Go poke around on the Chronicle of the Horse forums (www.chronofhorse.com, look for the link to the forums), or even post there and ask about fly legwraps, and someone will tell you what they are. They aren't real cheap but I know EXACTLY what you mean about hooves disintegrating from so much stomping.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  6. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    thing with the fly predators is that they will NOT stop the flies from the neighbors from going across the street and hanging out at your barn. And if it is THAT bad over there you would be throwing money away. Sorry.

    My barn owner bought some last year and, although it cut the flies down she still had a problem because of the two dairy farms right up the road. The fly pred people told her that with the other farms that close that there would still be flies on her property.

    Sounds like your neighbors should have their animals removed from their "care"
     
  7. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    a couple miles down the road is a large industrial chicken farm, they were required by the township to make traps. I dont have a photo but the general idea is to take a 55gal drum and cut the top off. Put some rotting meat and fly poison in the bottom take fine wire mesh and shape into a cone with a small openingat the bottom and large enough to be secured to the rim on the other end, place upside down into the drum as so the flys can get in but cant get back out. Anyone who has ever made a minnow trap knows what I mean. We have also purchased fly poison granuals from TSC when spring thawed a little early on my dads maneure piles, just have to put it where nothing gets into it but it works.
     
  8. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I have the small, reusable one of these in my little chicken tractor and I'm AMAZED at the difference it has made in the fly population around my chicks in just 4 days.

    This one is made for stables, barns, etc. and is said to kill 40,000 flies! http://www.rescue.com/big_bag_fly_trap/
     
  9. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    Quote:Ive seen those at Lowes for just a couple $.
     
  10. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Quote:Ive seen those at Lowes for just a couple $.

    Yes, mine was inexpensive as well. I guess that's why I'm so amazed at how well it has worked.

    I definitely recommend at least trying this product!
     

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