Horse Health

Fly Away

July 1, 2010

Fly season is already in full force. Keep the flies away with these helpful tips from AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam.

AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam suggests that horse owners read all labels on their fly control products before use and apply according to label directions.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Why Fight Flies?

Fly control keeps your horse comfortable. But that’s not the reason to minimize flies.

Flies and other biting insect pose a major health threat to your horse and you. Flies carry a number of dangerous diseases that become more of a problem as fly populations increase.

Flies live, feed and breed filth, where germs, bacteria and communicable diseases thrive. Good hygiene is critical to keeping flies and other filthy problems under control.

Start With A Strategy

Effective fly control means eliminating flies on all fronts, at all life stages in the fly life cycle. Eliminating immature flies reduces the number of biting, breeding adult flies you have to deal with.

No single fly product will solve your fly control problem. You need an overall plan to get rid of flies where they live, feed and breed. For maximum effectiveness, attack flies on all fronts: on your horse, in the barn and around outdoor areas.

Cuts and wounds are inevitably going to happen to your horse. Are you prepared? Download AQHA’s FREE Horse Wound Care report so you will be able to properly treat your horse in the event of an injury.

On Your Horse

The final line of defense against flies is on your horse. Farnam provides a proven, effective lineup of sprays, spot-ons, lotions, roll-ons, ointments and masks to create a protective barrier between your horse and flying pests.

Fly Control Management Tips

Keep your horse area clean.

  • Dispose of fly breeding material including manure and used bedding.
  • If waste disposal is not possible, treat manure with an effective larvicide.
  • Keep paddocks and corrals clean and dry.
  • Scrub water buckets and troughs weekly.
  • Remove standing water which may serve as a mosquito breeding ground.

Read the label before using any fly control product.

  • Read all labels on your fly control products before use and heed warnings.
  • Mix fly control concentrates with exact amount of water recommended.
  • Apply fly control products according to label directions.
  • Do not mix different fly repellents together.

In AQHA’s FREE Horse Wound Care report, educate yourself on when it is imperative that you contact the vet and when you can take care of the injury at home. Download it today!

Free Farnam Products!

AQHA’s July Facebook contest is all about fly control and some great prizes from AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam. Want to know more about contest details?

If you have any other fly control questions, you can check out Farnam’s Fly Control Management Guide or post your questions below and Tom Kennedy, veterinary parasitologist, will monitor the posts and answer questions.