are made to appeal to stable flies.
With bait traps, you’ll want to place
them some distance from your barn
and house to draw the flies away.
Once drawn to the trap, the flies are
physically captured; they can get in,
but they can’t get out.
Hang fly strips and sticky traps up
high. This may not be the most attractive solution, but it’s still effective, especially in feed rooms and tack rooms.
Using a premise spray in and
around your barn is another effective
means of fly control. Some on-horse
fly sprays can also be used as premise sprays; check the label of your
favorite brand to see.
For maximum effectiveness, use
the spray around doors and windows
to help prevent insects from entering
the barn, as well as on stall walls. Be
careful not to spray water and feed
buckets or any hay in the stall.
There are also companies that sell
and install fly systems in barns; these
are usually placed on the ceiling and
set up to release a pre-mixed formula
at specific times.
Let’s not forget another simple
yet effective method of fly control
for stabled horses: fans. There are a
number of agricultural fans specifically designed for stalls and barns, and
these are a safer, worthwhile upgrade
from the standard box fans many of
us have used in the past.
You can find stall fans that mount
with a bracket, allowing you to move
the fan and direct the airflow. Larger
fans can either be installed in the ceiling
or placed at the end of barn aisles. The
idea is to move the air enough so the
flies and mosquitoes can’t maneuver. It’s
the same reason we welcome a breezy
day in the summer: a strong breeze
helps keeps the flying insects grounded.
Properly prepared, you can win the
fly fight, or at least hold your own and
keep you and your horses comfortable. Employing as many of these tips
and methods as possible should lead
to a happier, more comfortable season
for you and your horses.
MOLLY O’BRIEN owns two Morgan mares.
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