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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:26 pm 
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I have several horses on the back pastures when I brought them up they were covered with tick. Is there anything out there that help get rid of the Ticks on the horses.


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A citronella spray will be inexpensive and help repel them. An orange oil solution will kill them. Dry diatomaceous earth in a powder rubbed on their coats will also kill them. Use it lightly and don't make a cloud, just sprinkle it on your brush and take it over their body. The spray should be mixed no stronger than 1/4 to 1/2 cup of orange oil to a gallon of water. Spray it directly on the ticks and they will drop off and die. DE works only when dry so don't use the DE and then spray them down. That's an either/or tactic. Any are inexpensive and effective.

Feeding trace minerals in block or bucket form has given indications of helping the horse's immune systems become more resistant to pests of all kinds. Remember that increased biological activity in the soil helps eradicte them too. An investment on spreading of molasses in those pastures might take you a long way toward knocking back the ticks and keeping the horses healthy. Also look at the pasture rotation methods as a way of short-circuiting the pest cycle. We have gotten repeated positive reports from that program. Walt Davis spoke about it breifly at our seminar the 13th. He's really great.

Hope this helps!

Kathe :D


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We have also had luck with ticks and flies using garlic spray. Do not get in the eyes (yours or the horses) it does burn, but it works great, we even use it on our dogs.
Good luck,
Brad

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If you leave the fire ants alone, the ticks and fleas will totally disappear.

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 Post subject: ticks and horses
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 12:46 am 
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Dave is right - if you have fire ants you will not
have termites, fleas, and ticks. I know it sounds
silly but pick your bugs. We used to live in East
Tx and the ticks were terrible on horses and
dogs. When the fire ants arrived the ticks
disappeared.
We know fire ants don't like molasses, but do
ticks and fleas respond the same way?
Robert D Bard


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From what I'm hearing recently, had we done nothing when the fire ants arrived, they would be mostly gone by now.

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