Warmer temperatures mean more time riding, grooming and caring for your horse. It also means the beginning of fly season. You’ll have to be at the top of your game if you want to protect your animals from deer flies, face flies and horse flies. They are not only an annoyance; they are also a danger. Flies can carry and spread potentially dangerous diseases. Some horse owners equip fly protection equipment such as fly masks and fly blankets, which are both effective deterrents. Another method is to eliminate your fly problem at the source by targeting their larvae, such as feed thru fly control.
One of the biggest problems in fly population management is manure. Flies love it! That’s where they lay their eggs, after all. Feed through fly control, like Simplifly, helps effectively sterilize manure and thus, eliminating the flies’ favorite breeding ground; this aids in reducing the fly population by killing off any hatching larvae in the manure. Feed thru fly control through passes through the horse's system and mixes in with the horse's digestive waste. When the waste is evacuated as manure, it contains a fly-control ingredient directly in it.
Feed-through chemicals in the manure help prevent the development of fly larvae so that they will not become adult flies. Flies go through a life cycle consisting of different stages - egg, larva, pupa, and adult. When moving from one larval stage to the next, they molt their old external skeleton and grow a new one. Chemicals in the fly control feed prevent these larvae from generating a new exoskeleton, causing the insect to die. Dead fly larvae mean fewer flies to bother you and your horses.
Feed through control programs are also popular because they are safe for both you and your horse. The chemicals in the feed-through target insect growth hormones and act as an inhibitor. Humans, horses, and livestock obviously do not manufacture this insect growth hormone, so fly control feed through products, like Solitude IGR, are safe to handle, use and apply.
Start your feed through control program early in fly season to help keep fly numbers manageable. It’s a lot easier and more economical to prevent a heavy build-up of flies than it is to fight them once their numbers become out of control.
One final point to remember, each horse should receive the correct amount of feed thru fly control every day. It must be fed to all your horses on a consistent schedule in order to be an effective form of fly control.