Horse Fly Control and Prevention Tips You Should Know

Horse fly control is a necessity as these bothersome pests are notorious for their painful bites and tendency to infest in significant quantities around farms and barnyards.

If you are experiencing a horse fly issue on your property, our expertise and high-quality products can effectively eradicate it. Allow us to provide you with our comprehensive guide to eradicating this troublesome pest.


Step 1: How To Identify the Horse Fly

Horse Fly Control
A Picture of the Horse Fly
  • Horse flies, unlike the common housefly, are larger in size and possess distinctive horn-shaped antennas.
  • Our team of pest control experts is here to address your concerns about these pests. These pests have the potential to reach a maximum length of 1.25 inches.
    Additionally, their bodies may exhibit a range of colours including grey, black, or brown. Rest assured, our team is equipped to handle these pests effectively.
  • Our team of pest control experts has identified the presence of two dark-coloured wings.
  • The most notable characteristic of the insect known as the horse fly is its tendency to engage in biting behaviour.
    These pests, known as bloodsuckers, possess a strong inclination to bite horses, other large animals, and even humans.
  • Horse fly bites can cause significant discomfort for livestock and horses, with noticeable markings left on your animals in the areas where these pests congregate.


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Step 2: How To Inspect For Horse Flies

Please keep a watchful eye on the vicinity surrounding animal quarters, in close proximity to manure holding facilities, and areas frequently visited by livestock.

Horse flies, commonly encountered near pastures, ponds, compost piles, or even swimming pools in residential homes, can also be found.

We recommend conducting a thorough inspection to identify areas with high concentrations of horse flies. Monitor horse flies throughout the day, determine their peak activity period, and assess the extent of the infestation.

Once the size of the pest problem and its preferred locations have been identified, you will be informed of the appropriate areas to administer treatment.


Step 3: How to Carry Out Horse Fly Control

  • Use Fly Relief Fly Traps:

Pest Control for Flies To effectively manage the horse fly population, it is recommended to prioritize the utilization of fly traps.

Fly Extermination Services Our fly traps, the ultimate solution for outdoor pest control, are designed to efficiently capture and eliminate over 10,000 flies.

These traps are completely disposable and do not contain any harmful insecticides, ensuring a safe and eco-friendly approach to pest management.

To initiate the trap, kindly eliminate the plastic seal located at the uppermost section and exert a gentle force on the tab until it securely fastens into position.

The fly attractant is securely contained within the trap, enclosed in a dissolvable bag, which requires the activation of water.

Please ensure that the product is filled with water up to the designated fill line and strategically placed in areas where horse fly activity has been detected.

For optimal outcomes, acquire numerous traps and strategically position them in all areas where activity has been observed.

  • Apply Maxforce Fly Bait:

To effectively control pests, it is recommended to strategically distribute the Maxforce Granular Fly Bait throughout your premises, thereby deterring future infestations.

The exceptional product is a highly effective granular bait that can be effortlessly distributed throughout your property.

It is specifically designed to combat pesky flies and can be conveniently utilized in fly bait stations or expertly applied to various surfaces.

For optimal surface painting, it is recommended to dilute the granular bait in a small jar with water. The final outcome will be a crimson paste that can be expertly administered using a paintbrush.

Our expert pest control team recommends the application of this highly effective product to walls, fencing, and surfaces surrounding your property’s perimeter.

Additionally, it is advisable to treat areas where your horses or cattle are gathered to effectively repel horse flies.

  • Apply Flex 10-10 & Pivot 10 IGR:

For complete and comprehensive eradication of horse flies, we recommend employing the powerful combination of Flex 10-10 and Pivot IGR.

Flex 10-10, the ultimate pest control solution, is an incredibly potent insecticide liquid concentrate meticulously formulated for application with misting and fogging equipment.

Its unparalleled effectiveness makes it the ideal choice for treating expansive spaces such as stables and barns.

Pivot IGR, the ultimate insect control solution, is specifically designed to combat the growth of pesky flies in their early stages, such as larvae.

By targeting these undeveloped pests, Pivot IGR effectively halts their population from multiplying.

For expansive spaces such as barns and stables, our expert suggestion is to employ misting or fogging techniques.

For smaller areas, such as residential homes or compact spaces, a pump sprayer can also be employed for effective application.

To effectively treat an area of 1,000 sq. ft., kindly combine 4 teaspoons of Flex 10-10 with 4 mL of Pivot 10 in a gallon of water. For optimal results, it is recommended to apply the solution to window frames, doors, and various surfaces.

  • Apply Pyranha Equine Spray & Wipe:

Introducing Pyranha Equine Spray & Wipe, the ultimate solution for eliminating and deterring those pesky horse flies from invading your space.

This exceptional product is exclusively formulated for horses. Please refrain from applying it to any other livestock. Our pest control solution offers the option of either wiping or spraying it onto surfaces.

Please ensure that any excess dirt or dust is removed before applying.

For optimal pest control, please ensure that the horses are thoroughly cleaned (shampooed and rinsed) and completely dry prior to the application of the treatment.

This product will be applied at a rate of 1 to 2 ounces for both wipe and spray applications.

When conducting pest control, it is recommended to gently mist the affected areas, ensuring to brush against the direction of the hair.

When conducting spraying, please take care to avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes. Utilize a sponge or cloth to address these areas. To ensure proper application, please refer to the label for complete instructions.


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Step 4: How To Prevent Horse Flies

  • It is highly recommended to apply Maxforce Granular Fly Bait as a preventative treatment around the perimeter of your property.
  • To prevent unwanted intruders, make sure to take proactive measures, such as repairing any damaged screen doors and installing screens on all vents and chimneys throughout your home.
    This will effectively keep them from gaining entry. To prevent horse flies from entering your property, it is advisable to use caulk or foam to seal and fill any slits, gaps, or openings.
  • When it comes to maintaining a farm, proper manure management is of utmost importance in preventing pest infestations.
    Ensure prompt removal of manure from barn stalls to prevent pest infestations. To prevent pests, make sure to regularly clean not just the barn but also the water troughs, shady areas, run-in sheds, and gates to remove any excess excrement.
    To prevent pests, it is important to ensure that all waste areas are securely sealed using tight lids and are properly lined with plastic bags.
    Reducing odours and minimizing attractants will help prevent the presence of flies and discourage them from laying eggs in the area.
  • To prevent pests, ensure that the garbage areas are located at a considerable distance from the barn.
    Ensure that the area where you provide nourishment for your horses is not inadvertently becoming a favourable environment for breeding pests.
    To prevent pest infestations, it is advisable to sweep the feed room daily, ensuring that no spilt feed is left unattended, as it may attract pests and lead to potential issues.
    To prevent unwanted pests, ensure that all horse feed is securely sealed in containers when not in use by our equine friends.


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Horse flies, known for their larger size, range from 1/2 an inch to 1.25 inches in size, surpassing the average dimensions of most flies.

Horse flies, notorious pests, thrive during the summer season, infesting warm and humid regions.

To ensure the utmost protection against pesky flies invading your horses and/or property, it is highly recommended to schedule regular monthly applications of the highly effective Maxforce Granular Fly Bait.

Additionally, it is crucial to diligently maintain a weekly routine of thorough cleaning and efficient management of manure. By adhering to these essential pest control measures, you can effectively keep those bothersome flies at bay.

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