Summer has finally arrived and along with it, insects. As the temperatures heat up, equine fly spray goes on. There are many options to help the horse owner fight off flies, manage mosquitoes, deter deer flies, negate nasty gnats and keep their equine partners free of predation by the various insects that buzz about in the Spring and Summer.
Did you know that in addition to sprays, you can protect your horse from the inside out with a supplement!?
For many horse owners, fly spray alone isn’t enough to keep the flies off of their horse. It takes an entire system to protect your horse and barn. While fly spray is a must have and staple for the summertime, horse owners can add another defensive tool in your arsenal against flies with a feed through supplement.
You may ask how a supplement helps keeps bugs away from your horse.
Have you heard that saying, “you are what you eat?” I remember playing outside as a child and swatting feverishly at my legs as I got bit up by bugs. My grandma would tell me that I shouldn’t have eaten so many sweets or salty snacks because that makes me tasty to mosquitoes! While I didn’t listen at the time, she was onto something! High sodium foods actually attract mosquitoes (like sauerkraut!). On the same basis of removing foods so you don’t become a bug magnet, adding certain foods to the diet can help deter bugs.
This applies to horses too.
Nature’s Force Bug Clear, a natural feed-through supplement, contains ingredients to add another layer of protection to your horse against bugs. It works on many different levels from repelling to promoting a healthier and more resilient skin and coat for your horse. It also deters biting insects with the blend of natural ingredients to help provide the horse with the ability to mount a normal inflammatory response to insect bites.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS per scoop (1oz.)
|Grape Seed Extract||100 mg|
Brewer's Dried Yeast, Diatomaceous Earth, Soybean Oil, Yeast Culture
Let's break down the ingredients:
You may know garlic as a deterrent to vampires from sci-fi movies and Halloween horror flicks, but it also has been used for centuries as a natural insect repellent. When the horse sweats, the garlic puts out an aroma that bugs hate. The odor actually stems from the sulfur in garlic clove. It has the added benefit that is a natural anti-microbial; may even help in reducing internal parasites.
Thiamin is an important aid in helping your horse metabolize his food to produce energy and also aids in digestion and helps promote a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B1 also plays a crucial role in the nervous system, allowing horses to feel more focused and at ease. We all know how upset horses can get when they are being bombarded by flies. Thiamine, like garlic, also has properties that repel flies for an added bonus.
Brewer’s Dried Yeast and Yeast Culture help with palatability and digestion.
Niacin is a vitamin essential to the well-being of the horse and is required to metabolize fats, carbohydrates and amino acids. It also supports healthy skin, hair and digestion as it helps increase circulation. If the horse’s skin is healthy, it is less likely to get irritated by bugs and heal faster from bites.
Turmeric’s main active ingredient is curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. When you or a horse gets a bug bite, the itching and irritation can be overpowering. The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric ease the irritation and response.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract, like it sounds, is from the seeds of grapes. The seeds pack a punch full of antioxidants including resveratrol. These antioxidants boost the immune system; protect tissue from free radical damage; and helps increase blood flow. Thus, supporting a healthy skin and coat.
Soybean oil is a good source of omega-6 essential fatty acids which help improve coat shine and skin condition.
Nature’s Force Bug Clear is a natural option for a feed through supplement. There are other options in the market that are not natural. At the end of the day, it is up to the horse owner to choose what is best for their horse and lifestyle.
But, when choosing a feed through, do your research on safety and be informed.
For those who want to avoid using conventional pesticides, Nature’s Force Bug Clear is a fantastic option. An alternative to a natural feed through would be a chemical feed through which works in a different way. Chemical feedthroughs actually include chemicals such as Diflubenzuron and cyromazine. These products work differently than natural ingredients, as they don’t repel insects or promote healthy skin, it actually acts to interfere with the formation of the insect’s cuticle or shell. These products work to stop the development of larvae in the horse’s manure after the chemical has passed through your horse’s digestive system.
It is a bit scary to think about feeding your horse a chemical that is normally used topically or as a premise spray. A horse’s digestive system is very sensitive even to a minor change in grain or hay, let alone a chemical. Did you know that only stable flies lay their eggs in manure? Thus, these will be the only flies affected by the chemical in the feces. All other insects including midges, deer flies, mosquitoes and horn flies etc won’t be affected by the chemical feed through, since they don't lay eggs in manure.
Another concern with chemical feed throughs are if you are at a boarding facility or stable where other horses are not on the insecticide feed through. It is a moot point to feed your horse this to keep the larvae out of his manure as the other horse’s manure will be breeding grounds for larvae. Meanwhile with the natural feed through, you still get the skin, repellency and anti-inflammatory benefits from the feed through.
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Remember, Adding a feed through is just another layer of an entire fly control program. You will still need fly sprays, spot-ons, and masks to protect your horse. Click here to save on the Entire Force Fly Control lin
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