Fly control= Apple Cider Vinegar??

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  1. CLOUDNINE

    CLOUDNINE Senior Member+

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    Does anyone have experience using apple cider vinegar for fly control? Have you used it as a wash, or as a spray? Can you feed it to horses that don't like baths, or sprays? Is it effective?

    What do you use on difficult horses? I have several that can be difficult ;)
     






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    meljean Senior Member+

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    I use it in a combination with water, and oils of eucalyptus and citronella. You can also sponge it on, but the spray I mix works the best.
     
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    CLOUDNINE Senior Member+

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    I used it today, as an after work wash, on one of my horses, and I honestly think he is less aggravated tonight then the ones I spray with regular fly spray! But I have a couple that are difficult to bathe at the moment, and wanted to try it on them too ;)
     
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    meljean Senior Member+

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    With the Saddlers, we would splash a liberal amount of Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar in a bucket of warm water, and sponge them off after they were worked. And we used it on TB babies that were getting eaten up by sand flies in AL.

    Good for tails and manes too.

    But I've been doing my own fly spray for years, and even use it on me too.

    I love Apple Cider Vinegar...

    Of course, it does make you want to dye Easter eggs.
     
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    CLOUDNINE Senior Member+

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    I smelled like vinegar for the rest of the day :D Maybe I should get some eggs ;)
     
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    I WUV apple cider vinegar! Great for cleaning too. Makes windows and metal shine, great on glass shower doors! I mix my own fly spray too using it.
     
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    I have not found it to be effective at fly control. It works while wet, but once dry does not have any lasting effects.
    ACV can burn eyes and membranes and sting areas that have previously been bitten by flies, so many horses are not fond of it. When mixed with other ingredients it works better and it has been proven to have anti-fungal properties on skin, so has some good benefits for coat conditioning.
    Definitely do wipe ons for freaky horses, but i train all of mine to deal with the spray and put it more on mist than stream so that they are not so irritated by it.
     
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    It worked very well for me on Senny. I don't think there was a fly that wasn't attracted to it. Add in the garlic aroma and he certainly smelled Italian. :D In fact, I think the flies even migrated here from Italy since he smelt so good.

    I am sticking with the cattle insecticidal ear tags attached to him and his rugs.
     
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    I have used it in the past and it did nothing. My current fly "program" includes fly predators for the ones that breed in manure; an Ebbs biting fly trap for the horseflies and yellow flies; and Pyranha Aerosol spray for the gnats and mosquitoes (and rides off the property). I've had pretty good success with this program, and I live in bug central (north FL).

    FYI - if you're willing to buy 12 cans at a time, the Pyranha is only $9.99 per can with free shipping through Valley Vet.
     
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    Thanks everyone :) I used the Pyranha once before (when it first came out), I might try that. I like the vinegar wash, so I will continue with that one too (on my riding horses anyway :) )
     






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