Bug Off - Controlling Flies in the Horse Barn

Pesky flies on horse's face
Pesky flies on horse's face Carien Schippers

We all love spending time in the barn with our horses; but sometimes, the bugs can, well, bug us. While flies may be a fact of life, we can limit population their numbers, allowing us to enjoy the time that we spend in the barn even more. Check out our quick tips for telling the bugs to “Bug Off” this summer:

Tips for pest-free horse barns

Tips for pest-free horse barns

Check out these quick tips for telling the bugs to “Bug Off” in your horse barn this summer.

Keep It Clean

While it may seem like a no brainer, keeping your stalls clean and dry will make it considerably less enticing to the flies. Manure is a tasty snack, and warm moist environments make the perfect place to lay eggs. Consistent stall cleaning will significantly cut down on the amount of flies in the barn. (Pro Tip: Clean the sunny stalls first! Flies like light areas and tend to avoid the dark stalls.)

Keep It Fresh

Consider using a horse stall refresher, such as Sweet PDZ in your stalls. In helping to manage the moisture content, it’s drying effect and sharp surface area dries and kills many insects. Sweet PDZ is a safe, organic and natural alternative to add to your pest control programs. Sweet PDZ is not an insecticide.

Keep It Covered

From garbage to grain, flies are always on the lookout for their next meal. Keep potential foodstuffs covered and sealed to keep them out (it’s also far more sanitary to keep all critters away from the grain!).

Keep It Moving

Consider using fans to keep air circulating throughout the barn. This will deter flies from landing, encouraging them to find a new place to hang out. And, let’s face it; a little breeze on a warm day is always welcome!

Keep It Dry

Standing water attracts flies, so keep it out and away from the barn! Make sure that all drains are working properly and directing water away from the barn. If water is spilled, use shavings or horse stall refresher to absorb the extra moisture before it can draw in the extra insects!

Keep It In Perspective

Unfortunately flies are a fact of life around the barn, however you can limit their numbers. Follow these tips and send the bugs flying!

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By Jennifer Roberts

About the Author

Flossie Sellers

As an animal lover since childhood, Flossie was delighted when Mark, the CEO and developer of EquiMed asked her to join his team of contributors.

She enrolled in My Horse University at Michigan State and completed a number of courses in everything related to horse health, nutrition, diseases and conditions, medications, hoof and dental care, barn safety, and first aid.

Staying  up-to-date on the latest developments in horse care and equine health is now a habit, and she enjoys sharing a wealth of information with horse owners everywhere..