Sunday, June 17, 2007

I Hate Flies !

'Tis the season for nasty, biting horse flies. Just this Friday, I had Jeremiah here to trim feet and recently it has been stifling hot, sticky weather which brings on the flies even more. Now I have some poop that still needs shoveling but in the grand scheme of things it's not bad by any means. During the day, the girls' fly masks go on and I spray their legs. Jeremiah suggested I get this mineral block that the horses lick and it retards the growth of flies in their poop. He said since he's started it with his horses, there isn't a fly in sight. I cannot remember the name of it, but he assured me that I could get one at TSC or Farm n' Fleet. Has anyone out there tried this ? And has it been successful ? How do you control flies ? What works best at your barn ? Let me know.


Rising Rainbow said...

Are you talking about a Raybon block (not sure off spelling)? But yes I have tried one of those. Only problem is they are very soft and melt easily so they need to be in one of those sheltered type holders for the big blocks.

I used those and fly predators together and it was wonderful! Since my horses are stalled adn take turns out, I just haven't figured out to get them enough exposure to the blocks to be useful again. (I know cutting back on horses or getting more land so they could all be out would help but, well, you know, I'm addicted) lol

Twisted Oaks Quarter Horses said...

I bought the ones at TSC. They work, but I won't use them because of my broodmares. I have to watch what spray I use too.

BarnGoddess said...

if you find out which block it is let me know!

I just blogged earlier about someone at my house who isnt owning up to it, spilling my high dollar fly spray concentrate on the barn floor.

The flies are awful with this hot/damp/humid weather.

I made a homemade concoction of vinegar/water/tiny bit of soap last night and its worked for awhile on the Old Guy.

At least until my Jeffers order gets here Wednesday!

Callie said...

I'm thinking of using the fly predators. What a cool concept.I was recently reading about them.

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