Get to Know This Form of Fly Control
As any equestrian will tell you, it is a full out battle when it comes to protecting your horse from flies and other biting insects during the warmer months. The fact is, however, with the right tools at your disposal, you can tell the bugs who is the boss. There are many forms of effective fly control, and in this blog we invite you to take a look at the concentrated fly sprays, a close cousin of the popular ready-to-use sprays.
The Vital Details
Concentrated fly spray, much like the concentrated orange juice you may find in the grocery store, is highly condensed fly spray that is intended to be diluted with water. When you follow the package directions, they are just as effective as ready-to-use sprays. For example, the Espree Aloe Herbal Horse Spray Concentrate recommends that equestrians use one cup of concentrate to five cups of water. Shake and mix well in a sprayer bottle (we are particularly fond of the 32oz Cheshire Horse Fly Spray Bottle) and it is ready to apply!
Concentrated fly sprays can offer a well-rounded approach against stable, deer, and horse flies, as well as those annoying gnats, mosquitoes, and chiggers. In addition to being a nuisance and a literal pain in the neck, biting insects can transmit harmful diseases such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, Equine Infectious Anemia, and Pigeon Fever.
Whether you prefer traditional fly sprays or all-natural fly sprays, there are a myriad of concentrated fly sprays to fit your needs.
Spray and Save
One of the best reasons to purchase a concentrated fly spray is because of their economical price point. They are often priced lower when the diluted mix it compared to the ready-to-use versions. After all, each pint of the Farnam Repel-XP Emulsifiable Fly Spray concentrate makes one gallon of fly spray! For equestrians who are pinching their pennies, cost-effective concentrated sprays make perfect sense (and cents!).
While it may seem counterintuitive, concentrated fly sprays can be an excellent option for overly sensitive horses. Many reactive horses respond well to BugPellent Natural Insect Repellent Spray. By diluting the fly spray more than recommended, you cut down on the amount of potentially irritating ingredients that you are spraying on your horse. Be sure to test in a small area and monitor your horse for side effects when using a new spray on a sensitive horse.
Please note that going against the manufacturer’s recommendations for diluting will cause the spray to be less effective, and the spray may need to be applied more frequently. Try spraying the new mixture directly onto your horse’s fly sheet for added protection.
If you like to keep fly spray on hand at all times, you know how difficult storing bottles and bottles of ready-made spray may be. Concentrated sprays are a great way to combat this. By keeping a single bottle of Farnam EquiCare Flysect Super-C Concentrate in your tack room, you have multiple bottles of fly spray at your disposal.
Tell the bugs to bug off this summer! Contact our experienced sales staff if you have any questions about concentrated fly sprays and how you can incorporate them into your fly control routine.