Horse Insect Defense Supplements

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Insect defense supplements are daily, feed-through formulas that help deter pesky insects. These formulas commonly include garlic, apple cider vinegar, and brewer’s yeast to deter biting insects.

Why Are Insect Defense Supplements A Smart Choice?

Nothing can ruin a day at the barn faster than bothersome bugs. Luckily, an insect defense supplement can help to provide additional defense against these pesky pests. The ingredients in these formulas can help discourage flies from bothering and biting your horse, making riding and turnout time fun for both of you.

What Can You Expect From Insect Defense Supplements?

Insect defense supplements take time to reach their full benefit, generally about 4-6 weeks. It’s possible that your horse may act comfortable and happy during turnout and your rides right away, but if not, that’s ok, it may take a bit more time! Keep an eye on your horse over the first several weeks for how he looks and feels in spite of the bugs.

Horse Insect Growth Regulator Supplements

What Are Insect Growth Regulator Supplements?

Insect growth regulator supplements are daily formulas that provide targeted ingredients to inhibit the development of house and stable flies. They use ingredients like cyromazine, which passes safely through the horse’s system to affect the fly larvae in manure.

Why Are Insect Growth Regulator Supplements A Smart Choice?

Keeping flies from maturing before they arrive is a smart way to help ensure they won’t drive the horses on your farm crazy. Feed-through larvacides work by preventing house and stable fly larvae from developing into adults, which means they’ll never become those bothersome pests that fly and buzz. In other words, this is one smart way to stop the bugs before they start!

What Can You Expect From Insect Growth Regulator Supplements?

It’s best to start these types of supplements a few weeks before flies appear in your area. Since it takes 4-6 weeks for the existing adult fly population to die off, you should start to notice fewer flies buzzing around after you’ve been giving the supplement for a few weeks. Because flies breed and develop in manure, it’s important to have all the horses on the property receiving an insect growth regulator supplement for it to most effectively manage the fly populations on your property.

How Can You Support Success?

As you know, there’s not one single strategy for completely managing insects, but rather a comprehensive approach will give you the best results. Regular fly spray application, fly stoppers, and fly sheets are also great tools at your disposal for having a happy horse during bug season.