Fly­ing pest

French Property News - - Interiors -

Our two ponies (‘res­cued’ for €50 each from a lo­cal who was to­tally ne­glect­ing them) were plagued by horse­flies this sum­mer. Do you hap­pen to know if the pro­pri­etary horse­fly traps work (they are ex­pen­sive and I don’t want to waste money un­nec­es­sar­ily) and, if not, have you any other ideas? Jackie Hawkins

Horse­flies are a prob­lem to any live­stock; their bites, made by the in­sects’ cut­ting and tear­ing mouth part ac­tion, can be pain­ful to both hu­mans and live­stock alike. In warm, moist con­di­tions (when horse­flies are at their worst), the bites can eas­ily be­come in­fected.

I have to ad­mit that I’ve no per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with the horse­fly traps avail­able to buy. There is, though, as you’ve prob­a­bly seen, quite a se­lec­tion avail­able on­line and at quite high prices too. From look­ing on­line, it seems that it’s pos­si­ble to make your own traps and there are clips on Youtube to show you how to go about it.

Have you tried any of the sprays avail­able for use on horses? Some own­ers swear by those that are Deet-based, but others think they can be harm­ful if used care­lessly. I’ve long known that Avon’s Skin So Soft oil-based spray will de­ter midges and mos­qui­toes from bit­ing hu­mans but un­til re­cently, had never heard of it be­ing used on horses. The per­son who told me as­sured me that it’s very ef­fec­tive… but he was talk­ing about midges and or­di­nary flies rather than horse flies. It might be worth a try though.

Horse­flies can be­come a real prob­lem for equines dur­ing the sum­mer months

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