Are you ready for warmer weather, less rain and longer days at the barn? Well, you’re not the only one. Flies are awaiting their favorite time of year when they get to make your barn & sheds their new summer vacation home. Specifically, a horse fly can ruin your day with your animals as they aggressively seek their blood meal for the day. Here are tips on fly control for horses and cattle.
The horsefly can be an extreme nuisance to your livestock as they have the potential to transmit diseases. According to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, ”Heavy attacks can lead to reductions in weight gains of beef cattle, reduced milk yield, reduced fed utilization efficiencies and hide damage from the puncture wounds. Horses under attack will be irritable and distracted by trying to avoid being bitten. The adult flies serve as vectors for many disease agents (viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and nematodes) of animals.”
Don’t let the flies take over your facility or livestock! There are many options to get them to BUZZ OFF!
Manure Management – Muck out stalls DAILY, especially in the summer. Where is your manure pile? Make sure it is not close to the barn or where your animals are grazing during the day.
Feed-Through Natural Repellents
– Start your horses on Farnam SimpliFly Feed-Thru Fly Control now and
continue throughout the summer until cold weather restricts fly activity. This effective method of managing stable and house flies kills larvae in the manure and prevents their development into mature adults. It’s highly successful when used in conjunction with premise sprays and sticky tapes. Fly Repellent – Spray your livestock daily, especially after you bathe or rinse your animal. Make sure you remove excess water after bathing before spraying fly repellent.
Fly Control Products –Pyranha Wipe N’ Spray™
A popular choice among horse owners is a fly control product call Pyranha Wip N’ Spray. Not only does it protect your horse with just 2 ounces per head, but it also leaves your horse with a very shiny coat.
- A pyrethrum-based formula
- Citronella scent with lanolin as a hair conditioner
- Repels mosquitos, flies, and gnats
- Available in 4 oz trail-size, quart, and gallon sizes.
Fly Masks & Sheets – Great for keeping the flies from aggravating their ears and eyes (especially if they are goopy). Also, fly sheets are also beneficial to keep the flies from biting around their shoulders and neck.
Fly Spray Systems – Install an insect control spraying system in your barn that automatically sprays throughout the day preventing flies even when you are not in the barn.
Get a jump on fly control horses and cattle. At Smith Farm Supply we have various fly control pour-ons, mixes, and IGR ear tags. For horses, we have several fly sprays and pellets. Stop by your local Smith Farm Supply to shop fly control products and supplements to help you keep your animals healthy and happy this summer!