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The flies in the stables are the soldiers of an endless battle. They have a negative effect that directly affects race horses, causing discomfort, lack of concentration in performance or competition and stress. This is why, the elimination of flies becomes one of our priorities because they affect not only the mood of our horse but also its concentration, and can also lead to health problems such as infections, bites by feeding on the blood of horses, irritate the eyes, ground injuries that have a slower healing process, attach to the genitals and udders, irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes that in some cases can cause conjunctivitis. So for all this and much more, let’s share these tips to say goodbye to stable flies so that our race horses come back to 100% because we remember that feeding and training these animals is very important, but health plays a key role.
1. Understanding the fly cycle
Flies, like butterflies, have different life cycles, from egg to larvae, from pupa to adult. The phase that both we and the horses are most concerned about is the adult phase, but that does not mean that it is the phase in which we must eliminate them and focus our efforts solely on that. If we eliminate the larval phases, we will obtain better results.
2. Wasps to eliminate flies from horses
Believe it or not, most wasps feed on fly larvae that eventually die before they become adult flies. They are very useful when it comes to biological fly control, but what do you need? Just buy a cylinder with parasitized fly nymphs and throw them in the manure pile so that the wasps can do their feeding job, you want to try? This type of wasp feeds on house fly larvae, stable fly and small house flies.
3. Use of repellents
As it could not be otherwise, we can use insecticides that are not harmful to our horse, but that will stop flies in the stable, how do they work? This type of insect repellent is called the IGR group, which means insect growth regulators, so that they act in the pre-adult stages of the fly by producing a defective molt that ends its life.
There are also repellents that act on the flight phase of flies, these repellents remain in the environment longer for effective use. And here we want to address a problem that concerns us.
Having flies in the stable is not a lost battle against the enemy, it is simply knowing how to find the ideal balance to live with flies without directly affecting the mental and physical health of our horse, finally, a stable without flies means that we have made excessive use of insecticides that directly affects the environment, you want to pay this price?
So far, we have given you all the tips you need to say goodbye to stable flies and that don’t influence your pet’s well-being, but we have to tell you that racehorse feeding and care has a big impact, read our blog here to learn all the secrets of horse feeding.