Fly swatterThe young man ringing me up astutely pointed out, "You must have a fly problem!"
SWAT for horses
Well, EVERY fly is a problem.
(I don't have much luck with the bag of water fly traps. Plus, they're kind of stinky and tough to see the dead flies, but I still put them up in the barn.)
(The fly strips are my fave! The flies love them and I actually get to see the body count.)
(I couldn't live without SWAT. This stuff WORKS!)
I also get monthly shipments of fly predators, but I started my order late this year and the predators don't eat adult flies.
We do have birds in our barn which help to keep the fly population down. As do the spiders I've been hesitant to kill. I'm usually like, "Big spider, KILL it!" This year, I'm like, "Big spider, yay, eat more flies!!"
Do any of you deal with the fly on the belly issue? That place where your horse's hoof or tail can't reach to swat flies? At a barn I was at a long time ago (sounds like a fairy tale) I was told the flies had burrowed so deep into one horse's belly they made it to the intestine. Is that possible??
I use SWAT on those spots just as they begin and it clears them right up. Also, it seems that some of my horses are more prone to the belly scabs than others. My older horses, for example (less flexibility to reach back there with their feet?)
What do you all do to combat flies?