Fly Control for Horses


As fly season gets underway across the country, veterinarians and horse owners are using Solitude IGR™, a feed-through fly preventive available from Pfizer Animal Health, to help control fly infestations. With up to 100% efficacy against house and stable flies, Solitude IGR greatly reduces the need for fly sprays and other fly control methods when administered during prime fly development months.

Many veterinarians and barn managers have tried Solitude IGR and recommend the product to others based on the obvious decrease in flies they observed. Veterinarian Jim Schulze, DVM, was so impressed by the results seen by his clients that he started using Solitude IGR in his own clinic.

“Some of our clients have facilities with 60 to 100 horses. They’ve seen a large reduction in fly populations,” said Schulze, owner of Equine Veterinary Associates in Conroe, TX. “As a veterinarian, you can really see the difference when visiting barns that don’t use Solitude IGR.”

Buck Grass, owner of Buck Grass Stables in Magnolia, TX, is one of Schultz’s clients. Grass decided to try Solitude IGR in his stable, which houses 85 horses, in the spring of 2006 when weather conditions seemed to result in a booming fly population.

“We have a fly spray system but it wasn’t making any difference against the flies, even though we were spraying up to six times a day,” said Grass. “We started using Solitude IGR and within eight weeks, the flies just went away. We cut our fly spray system back to just one spray per day. That’s not normal for summer—it’s about average for winter!”

To achieve these results, horse owners need only top dress their horses’ feed with one-half ounce of Solitude IGR daily. The active ingredient, cyromazine, is described as an insect growth regulator, or IGR, because it inhibits the production of chitin in house and stable fly larvae. Chitin makes up the exoskeleton, or hard outer shell, of many insects. Horses do not produce chitin, so cyromazine passes harmlessly through their system and into manure. Fly eggs laid in treated manure hatch into larvae but are unable to properly produce chitin and die before emerging as adult flies.

As adult populations decline, Solitude IGR users may experience noticeable results within two weeks, with full results realized in four to six weeks. Though some use of fly repellants or bait systems may be necessary to control flies that migrate from untreated areas, many farms report dramatic reductions in fly populations. For best results, horse owners should start feeding Solitude IGR before flies start laying eggs each spring. Owners should consult with their veterinarians to determine the ideal treatment program for their location.

“I’ve only been using Solitude IGR for three months on my horses, and I stopped putting out fly traps soon after starting on the product,” said DeeDee Hatch, who works as an equine veterinary technician at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, CA. “I’d definitely recommend Solitude IGR to other horse owners.”

“Solitude IGR offers some advantages over fly sprays and other methods,” said Jim Waldsmith, DVM, practice owner of The Equine Center in San Luis Obispo, CA. “At the clinic we recommend Solitude IGR as an option for farms looking to do all they can to reduce flies.”

Cyromazine has been used safely for more than 20 years in the poultry industry, and will not harm mammals and other sensitive pollution indicator species, such as fish. Once excreted in manure, cyromazine breaks down into a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer.

“Solitude IGR has an extensive safety record that horse owners can trust to help reduce house and stable fly populations without creating any toxicity issues,” said John Donecker, VMD, MS, Senior Veterinarian at Pfizer Animal Health. “By effectively breaking the fly life cycle, Solitude IGR provides significant relief from these pests.”

Solitude IGR is an integral part of a sound pest management program, which should include basic barn hygiene, such as mucking out stalls and properly removing manure. For more information on Solitude IGR, visit www.SolitudeIGR.com.

For more information on Pfizer Animal Health’s complete line of equine health care products, visit www.pfizer.com/equine. Pfizer Inc discovers, develops, manufactures and markets leading prescription medicines for humans and animals.



© 2004-2012 Horse Tack Review



 Horse Tack Reviews
 Submit Your Own Review!
 Search Review Database
 All Reader Reviews
 Staff Reviews
 Submit a Product for Review

 English Tack Reviews
 Dressage Saddles
 Jumping Saddles
 Close Contact Saddles
 All Purpose Saddles
 English Saddle Fittings/Pads
 English Bridles
 English Bridle Accessories
 English Show Apparel
 English Casual Apparel
 English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
 English Miscellaneous

 Western Tack Reviews
 Barrel Saddles
 Reining Saddles
 Roping Saddles
 Show Saddles
 Trail Saddles
 Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
 Western Bridles
 Western Bridle Accessories
 Western Show Apparel
 Western Casual Apparel
 Western Chaps/Boots/Hats
 Western Miscellaneous

 Horse Gear Reviews
 Horse Boots and Wraps
 Halters/Ropes/Leads
 Horse Health and Well Being
 Horse Apparel
 Horse Treats
 Horse Miscellaneous

 Barn & Stable Reviews
 Fly Control
 Gifts/Books/Videos
 Grooming Equipment
 Stable Accessories
 Tack Room
 Training Equipment
 Barn and Stable Misc

 Articles
 Barn and Stable Articles
 English Articles
 Feature and Misc Articles
 Grooming Articles
 Horse Care & Health Articles
 Horse Related Gift Articles
 News and Events
 Training Articles
 Western Articles

 Other Features
 About Us / Contact Information
 Articles & Subjects By Date
 Article Archives
 Join Our Mailing List
 Privacy Policy