In the summer months, the threat of flies affecting horses increases. They are irritating and can causehorses pain and problems, for example sweet itch.
There are several different types of flies that can affect horses and having a summer fly control plan in place can help both horse and owner against flies.
There are a number of ways to help keep local fly population to a minimum.
Mucking out regularly and keeping the muck heap as far away from the stables as possible is the first line of defence. Faeces are the most common breeding ground for flies, and a muck heap close to stables gives them a regular feeding ground too.
Good stable management is a big help. Spraying the stables with an insecticide helps to discourage the flies. Fly papers can also be hung in the stables. Remove any stagnant water to ensure it doesn’t attract midges or mosquitoes. Fly rugs, veils, fringes etc can help the horse from being pestered whilst in the paddock.
A good fly repellent helps to remove flies and their eggs from the horse itself. Deosect, Classic Fly Repellent and Superfly Repellent and three such products available to buy.
These are topical preparations which are either sprayed or sponged onto the horse’s body to remove any flies and eggs present.
Please contact the surgery for further advice.