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How To Control Horse Flieshorse fly

There’s normal house flies that are a common pest to deal with, and then there’s vicious ones like the horse fly who are on a level of their own. Horse flies are one of the most aggressive species of fly. Unlike a common house fly, horse flies have sharp, blade-like mouth parts which can tear into flesh. This makes them a particularly big irritant wherever they are found, especially around farms where they tear into livestock, biting them and drawing blood. They even derive their name for their tendency to attack and feed on horses in pastures.

Horse flies are larger than most other species of fly, ranging between ½ to 1 ¼ inches long and having a characteristically big head, vibrant metallic colors, and big bright green eyes. Female horse flies have a large appetite for blood and are even known to attack humans and deliver a bite much more painful than a mosquito bite. The female requires lots of bloods so it can produce eggs similar to a mosquito.

Horse flies are most active in the summertime and are known to hang around areas that are warm and humid. They can be found near beaches and lakes or low-lying pastures and creeks. Horse fly bites can be a very troublesome pest around homes and agricultural lands as their bites are known to make livestock lose weight and in humans, the bites have the potential to cause allergic reactions and spread disease.

If you have a horse fly problem you’re dealing with, Solutions Pest and Lawn can help you by offering professional-grade horse fly control products for horses, including traps and repellent sprays. Continue reading below the products for more information on how to eliminate this bothersome pest.

How to Get Rid of Horse Flies: Solutions 3 Step Process

Because of the nature of horse flies, it can be difficult to eliminate them through conventional means of spraying insecticides. However, not to worry, as there are ways you can keep horse fly populations under control and protect yourself and your animals from their relentless attack. We recommend a combination of trapping, misting and repellents to ward off horse flies. Below you will find three simple to implement steps that if you follow closely, you will no longer have horse flies bothering you on your land.

Step 1: The first thing you should do to try to reduce the horse fly population is to trap them. A disposable fly trap like the Flies Be Gone fly trap has been proven to work well to capture horse flies. Simply unpack, add water and an attractant contained in the package and hang it outside in an area with heavy activity. These traps have the potential to capture 20,000 flies and can be used for a period of several weeks.

Step 2: If you live on a farm and have livestock, a liquid spray such as Essentria IC3 Natural Pesticide  can provide around your yard to deter horse flies from sticking around. This is a natural product and is safe to apply around your plants and can even be sprayed directly upon cattle and animals as well as your own clothing to repel horse flies from biting and attacking. You can even safely spray it on water like a pool, which horse flies like to hang around, to keep them at bay.

Step 3: Lastly, if horse flies are a particularly large problem, we recommend breaking out the big guns and misting them away. Using a fogger or mister (which we carry here at Solutions), mix in a misting product special designed to target horse flies like Pystol Misting Concentrate. Spray this mist around your property and horse flies in the vicinity will start dropping like, well, flies.

View our horse fly killing products below. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you with your order or give you helpful pest control advice.

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