When summer comes to an end, and we move in to Autumn we see the dreaded return of March Flies and Bot Flies. We all know how nasty the sting of a March Fly can be so it’s a good idea to take precautions and employ the help of a trusted fly repellent that you know works!

The Alto Bug Shield is an affordable, convenient and effective fly repellent that also repels lice, fleas and scrub ticks. Please note that it is not a suitable prevention for paralysis ticks.

Containing active ingredients permethrin and piperonyl butoxide to fight off insects, it requires no mixing, no fuss and is easy to use. With a convenient twist nozzle, simply spray all over your horse’s coat twice weekly for protection. It is also an effective bug prevention for your dog and even around your stable.

What you need to know about the Botfly

In order to procreate, female equine botflies must reach a horse. Horse owners who have noticed their horse in the past swishing its tail, stamping its feet, and becoming somewhat distressed, no these are classic tell-tale signs that there is a botfly buzzing around. Bot flies typically will lay their yellow eggs on the underside of a horse and also on its legs. This can be very frustrating for the horse and can cause much discomfort.

The eggs can leave the horse feeling itchy, and as a result it will nuzzle and lick the eggs and ingest them. It’s important to know that eggs that haven’t been ingested can still hatch and the larvae can edge beneath the skin, causing irritation and in some cases, infection. The following spring the eggs will have turned into larvae and will exit the horse through the manure. This process takes away essential nutrients from the horse and increases its risk of developing stomach ulcers and in more serious cases, colic.

Other useful prevention methods

While it’s impossible to completely prevent botflies from laying eggs on your horse, there are many ways to lessen the risk.

    • A fly sheet will help to reduce the likelihood of the botflies laying eggs on your horse’s underbelly.
    • Fly boots are a good option to protect your horse’s legs.
    • A bot knife is a cheap alternative and easy to use. Botfly eggs can be very hard to detach from the hairs on your horse’s legs, and the bot knife is a safe and effective way of removing them.
    • Ensure your horse’s worming schedule is up-to-date. To ensure larvae is killed in the earlier stages of the cycle, it’s wise to worm your horse with a worming in the Autumn/Spring months – about one month after the botfly season has ended.
    • If you happened to of wormed your horse much later than this, look out for a worming paste that contains moxidectin as it is a more effective treatment against later stages of botfly larvae.

To conclude, it is most beneficial for your horse’s wellbeing to take regular precautions in order to lessen the risk of it acquiring botfly larvae. For this reason, look no further than the Alto Bug Shield fly repellent!

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March 10, 2022 — Greg Grant Saddlery