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Repel-X Concentrate
Fly Control

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Manufacturer: Farnam (View all products by Farnam)

Model: Repel-X Concentrate (View all Repel-X Concentrate reviews)

Category: Fly Control

Purchase: This Quart bottle of Repel-X Concentrate was purchased at a small store in Brigham City UT named South Fork Hardware. The cost was $27.99before tax. We have common stable flies, deer flies, enormous horse flies, and tiny winged vampire blood suckers that feast on tender areas such as inside the horse's ears and along the belly. The Repell-X claimed to rid the horses of these and many other unwelcome insects and do so for a long period of time, 3-7 days. Oh Boy!

Likes: Although I was not wild about the cost, I felt that if it did as promised (repel the pests), it would be worth the $. It was supposed to last up to three days and maybe longer. Each time one gets ready to use the spray, it must be mixed and used that day. I can understand this, some product break down and loose their effectiveness over time. The directions tell you to spray so the coat is very wet. For the face I sprayed it on a mitt and wiped it on. I avoided just over the top of the eye because when the horse gets sweaty, it could run into the eyes.

Dislikes: All of my horses tolerate being sprayed and even though they found the smell objectionable, allowed me to wipe it on their faces. Unfortunately, after applying as directed, flies landed as if I'd done nothing at all. This was using the 1-7 dilution. The next day I mixed as directed but used the 1-4 dilution. Same effect; No effect. Now my horses are bugged and so am I.

Quality: Repel-X concentrate comes in cute jug-like bottle. One must shake well before pouring and mixing. I would have liked the lid to be tight enough so no product would leak during this shaking. No matter what I tried, when I poured the concentrate into the spray bottle, a small amount would run down the side of jug. Paper towels used to wipe the jug had to be taken outside to the trash bin unless I wanted my home to smell like bug juice.

Summary: Considering the expense, I think it was over priced. Mixing a fresh batch each day becomes a nuisance. I would have been pleased if the product did what it said it would. The horses found the smell offensive, I thought it smelled distasteful but the insects found it tasteful. I'm shopping for a repellent that is user-friendly, horse-worthy and affordable. I'm looking to see which product I should invest in next. I'm tempted to take some flies shopping with me and see how they respond to each product before I make my purchase.

Rating: 2

Author: Beth-Ann Wymore

Date: 2006-07-04

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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