CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —
“Good fly control extends to the face, not just spraying the body, but using stuff safe to use by their eyes,” she said.
Easterwood recommended using sprays and ointments to repel flies. Ointment can be applied to a cloth and used to wipe the horse’s eyes. The repellent can be bought over the counter or through a veterinarian. Different environmental factors determine which product should be used for individual needs.
“If there is a bad fly problem, you would be better off to use a product every day that you can reapply frequently to keep the population down. As opposed to if you have a very good environmental program, you can apply the longer lasting product,” Easterwood said. She added that most people reapply fly products daily.
She warned, however, that many products claim the repellent lasts longer than others.
She explained that all fly repellent works on the various types of flies.
Easterwood also suggested covering the horse with fly sheets for their bodies and fly masks for their faces.
Other options include an automatic fly spray system in barns, moving manure and trash piles away from the horses, drying out the manure pile, or the use of fly predators.
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