Ticks, flies and mosquitos are the scourge of horse owners the world over. From the tropical Coasts of Australia to the Southern regions of Texas and Florida, our much-loved horses are relentlessly targeted by these indomitable pests.
Left unchecked, our adored animals can suffer from infected bites, blood loss, allergies and disease, and even psychological stress.
So here are a few simple – natural – ways to manage ticks, flies and mosquitos.
Keep bushes and grass trimmed will help keep ticks at bay
Horses can acquire ticks simply by brushing past bushes or grazing in long grass. Ticks love shady areas so keeping grass short and trimming fence lines will help keep ticks at bay by exposing them to sunlight and giving them fewer opportunities to use the long grass to attach to a horse’s leg or belly.
Introduce natural predators that will eat ticks
Chickens and guinea fowl love to eat ticks! Rural properties and barns are an ideal place to host chickens, and there’s the added bonus of free eggs. Omelettes anyone?
Check and remove ticks daily
Checking for ticks daily is important, as is the method of removing any you come across. It is essential the ticks head does not remain imbedded in your horse’s flesh so rather than rely on miniature flame throwers (matches) or gels to make the tick let go, invest in a tick removal device such as a Tick Key. They don’t cost a lot and they ensure the whole tick – head included – is removed. To kill the ticks, put them in a jar with methylated spirits or rubbing alcohol.
Use a natural tick, flea and mosquito repellent
Keeping bloody minded (excuse the pun) ticks away without using toxic or harsh chemicals on your horse’s skin is a challenge. Here in New Zealand our ticks are legendary, which is why we developed our game-changing ORAL tick repellent – Ticks Plus
It’s easy to use, stress free, completely natural and you only need to put a capful in your horse’s water trough every second day. It’s also very economical – a 500 litre / 100 gallon trough dosed every second day with just 25ml / 1 oz of Ticks Plus will treat an entire herd!
How does a natural repellent work?
Our product subtly changes the horse’s body odour, so the ticks are no longer attracted to them. This change in odour isn’t detectable to people – or other horses – but it is enough to confuse the tick into looking elsewhere for its dinner. Our remedy takes a week to start working, with dosing continuing via the water trough, on feed or a treat throughout the summer season.
Does it work for flies and mosquitos too?
Yes! Ticks Plus can be used for any livestock, pets and even people to repel flies and mosquitos. It works well on Buffalo Flies, Stable Flies and Blow Flies but unfortunately does not work with what our American friends refer to as the B-52 Bomber - horse flies. B-52 Bombers mostly rely on visual cues rather than scent to identify hosts so we recommend those of you living in B-52 zones carry electrified fly swats or use whatever ingenious techniques you can to keep these pests at bay while we keep working on a remedy!
Is Ticks Plus safe to use?
Absolutely. Our product is not a pesticide, so it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that kill ticks. Instead, it works gently and naturally to confuse ticks using a change of odour. It’s also competition and racing safe so will not test positive in swab, urine or blood testing.
We think our Ticks Plus is a game changer – making management of ticks, flies and mozzies stress free, mess free and super economical. Plus, we offer a money back guarantee!
Need more tips for managing summer ailments? Read our blog post for other ways manage summer ailments including our groundbreaking oral remedy for sun management