7 Tips To Beat Sweet Itch

7 Tips To Beat Sweet Itch

Between ceiling fans, baby oil and staying away from standing water, there is no reason sweet itch should cause you and your horse misery.

 

Fly Sheet

Fly sheets give a horse a comfortable and protective barrier against flies and other insects. While all fly sheets are made of open weave to increase breathability in hot conditions, some also feature treated materials to shield the animal’s skin and hair from damaging UV-rays.

 

Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan in the stable will keep midges away as they can’t fly when the wind exceeds 5 mph. Standing fans often get in the way of traffic patterns in the barn and quickly become ugly eyesores. The noise level may be loud enough to hamper your hearing.

 

Fly Screen

Screening is the same technique used to protect homes from flying insects. Fly screens are more than only a barrier against the aggravation. The latest products can deflect up to 80-percent of the sun’s rays and transform a heat box to a cool, bug-free hangout for horses.

 

Topical Oils

A horse owner with a good understanding of insect ecology shouldn’t need to use heavy quantities of fly sprays. Natural essential oil formulas provide a variety of insect controls. But keep in mind, no matter which formula used, insects may adapt in a short time, so rotate the sprays in a random order.

 

Windy Hillside

Moving your horse to a windy hillside lessens the chance of biting insects crowding around.

 

Watercourses

Don’t stable your horse near watercourses. Water attracts high numbers of biting insects. Depending on the species, the insects breeding cycle can be as quick as a few days or as strung out for two-weeks. Insect control experts suggest ridding an area of standing water at least once a week.

 

Corticosteroids

Recommended by many veterinarians, but rely on the treatment. There is a risk of setting off laminitis. Laminitis is a disease which affects the feet and is mostly found in horses and cattle. Signs consist of foot tenderness which progresses to an inability to walk.