As the weather heats up and summer approaches, flies,
mosquitoes, gnats, and other annoying insects are emerging on Eastern PA horse
farms. These bugs annoy horses and humans alike, and can also spread disease.
Fly control is a major concern for all PA horse owners - here are some tips on
how to keep flies and other insects to a minimum this summer:
Manure management is the most important part of controlling
flies. Flies lay their eggs in moist manure, so removing manure and storing or
spreading it far from the barn is the first step in keeping flies at bay. Spreading
manure immediately so that it dries in the sun, or composting it so that it
becomes unsuitable for fly larvae are two effective techniques that prevent
flies from breeding in the first place.
Mosquitoes, however, choose standing water as their medium
of choice for laying eggs. Be sure to remove any standing water from your
property and address leaks or clogged drains quickly to avoid creating a
breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Of course, there is no way to prevent ALL flies and biting
insects from breeding on or traveling to your property, so they must be dealt
with! There are several effective fly traps on the market that attract flies to
a bag or jug filled with water, where they then drown. While these traps can be
stinky and will need to be replaced several times a season, they are effective
and safe. Avoid fly paper or sticky traps that use adhesive to capture flies -
while they do catch and kill flies, non-target wildlife such as birds, bats,
bees, and butterflies can also be killed when they get trapped in the adhesive.
Feed-through fly control is becoming more and more popular
as dietary supplements for horses become more commonplace. These supplements
can make your horses' manure unattractive to flies, or give their skin an
unpleasant aroma that discourages flies from landing on them.
Lastly, there are fly repellant sprays and physical barriers
that you can use to protect your horses from biting insects. With so many fly
sprays on the market, it's important to try several until you find one that
works for your horse and location, and re-apply after your horse has sweated
heavily or gotten a bath. Fly sheets and fly masks provide a layer of
protection against fly bites, and can go a long way to keep horses happy and
comfortable when out in the pasture. Inside the barn, fans can discourage
insects from landing and help keep the stable a fly-free zone.
Whatever method you choose, keep flies under control to have
a happy, comfortable summer on your PA horse farm!
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720 Smith Hill Rd
Stroudsburg, PA 18360