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Equicare Debuts the Next Generation of Feed-Thru Fly Control

Horse Tack - Fly Control

When fly season swarms in, it bites into horse owners' precious time. Typically, horse owners across the country are forced to spend countless hours battling these irritating pests. However, recent scientific advances in fly control have revolutionized methods to eliminate fly populations. EquiCare's latest innovation easily manages fly infestations, while giving horse owners more opportunities to ride and savor their equine lifestyles.

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SimpliFly™ with LarvaStop™ fly growth regulator is the only feed-thru fly control product granted reduced risk status by the EPA and is proven to reduce house fly (Musca domestica) and stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) populations 97 to 100 percent*. SimpliFly does not contain organophosphates.

"Previously, fly control products contained pesticides that disrupted the fly's normal nerve functions, leading to the insect's death. The active ingredient in SimpliFly is a fly growth regulator that prevents larvae from developing into an adult fly, therefore controlling the problem before it grows," said Doug Ross, Ph.D, EquiCare's new product development manager.

Liz Bishop, marketing manager for EquiCare's fly control products, said today's busy horse owners need to ride and relax more with their animals.

"Fly season has always plagued farms and ranches where horses live--but in a world of shrinking recreational and quality time, it's vital to find efficient, simple solutions to these problems. Horse owners already spend large portions of life on their chores," she said.

In addition to causing agitation and stealing time away from life's pleasures, flies pose serious health risks to horses. House flies have been implicated in the transmission of 65 different disease organisms, according to a report by the University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program. They also can carry the larvae of stomach worms. When deposited on a horse's skin, these worms can cause lesions known as summer sores. Stable flies have painful bites and may transmit equine infectious anemia (EIA or swamp fever). The average female fly of any species lays between 500 and 1,000 eggs in her lifetime.


As farmland disappears into subdivisions and developments, and the borders of cities expand further into quiet rural areas, pests associated with horse ranches are less tolerated in populated neighborhoods. House flies and stable flies can lead to nuisance complaints or in severe cases, the removal of horses from the property. Thus, horse owners have another good reason to control fly populations: to protect their lifestyles as well as their horses.

How SimpliFly Works

It's important to start using SimpliFly before fly season begins in your geographic region. The product is fed daily as a top dress on the horse's grain ration. Once the horse eats the product, LarvaStop (Dimilin®) fly growth regulator is excreted in the manure. LarvaStop prevents the production of a substance known as chitin, which is a key component of an insect's exoskeleton. When flies lay their eggs on treated manure the larva's exoskeleton cannot form, thus it cannot develop into an adult fly.

SimpliFly kills the larvae of house flies and stable flies. For optimal results, use SimpliFly as a part of an integrated fly control program with every horse on the property.

EquiCare is a top-selling, premium brand of equine fly control products. For more information on SimpliFly visit or call toll free (800) 234-2269.

* 97-100% effective for inhibiting the development of adult house flies and stable flies in the manure of treated horses

Dimilin® is a registered trademark of Uniroyal Chemical Company, Inc., an affiliate of Crompton Sales Company, Inc.

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