Tired of unwanted, disease-carrying guests setting up shop on your horse’s body? So rude! SmartPak advises us on the most effective strategies for keeping bloodsucking bugs at bay.From the SmartPak Blog:
We all love blood-sucking monsters when they’re on the big screen or in our favorite teenage romance novel, but it’s a completely different story when they’re in our barn. There is nothing cute about finding a tick nestled deep in your horse’s mane when you’re busy braiding for a show. And not only are ticks far less attractive than pasty British actors seductively faking an American accent, they are also far more hazardous to the health of your favorite four-legged friends. Ticks can transmit a variety of serious diseases to both horses and dogs (and even humans!), which is why your insect control routine should consist of more than one line of defense. But you don’t need to bug out! SmartPak offers a variety of products to provide your animals with comprehensive solutions from the inside out, which is the smartest way to tick off the ticks.
Your horse will love these smart solutions:
SmartBug-Off: This affordable addition to your horse’s SmartPak does more than just ward off pesky flies—its potent combination of Garlic, Brewer’s Yeast, and Apple Cider Vinegar create the perfect deterrent for any biting bugs, including ticks.
“I feed SmartBug-Off to all of my horses as of this year and there was a noticeable difference in ticks from all previous years. That was worth the price right there.” – Janice L. from Hillsborough, NC
Equi-Spot Fly Control: This potent topical, applied only once every two weeks, does more than just repel flies, gnats and ticks—it also kills them on contact. So you can have peace mind knowing that even if ticks are not kept away entirely, they will be dead before they can make an afternoon snack out of your pony.
“My horse hasn’t had a tick in his mane or tail since I applied this product.” – Emily K. from Philadelphia, PA
Amigo Bug Buster: This soft yet durable fly sheet has got your horse covered—literally. Adding a physical barrier such as a fly sheet ensures an extra solid layer of protection. And this sheet takes it one step further—it’s made from fabric treated with Insect Shield Repellent Gear Technology, which contains permethrin to ward off flies, ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas.
Pak’s Pick: “Before purchasing this sheet I was finding lots of bug bites on my horse, as well as several ticks on her each week. Since I’ve started to use this sheet, she’s definitely not getting bitten very much and I haven’t found ONE tick on her in 3 weeks!”
– Jessica Normand, Senior Director—SmartSupplements
Endure Sweat-Resistant Fly Spray: No matter how many other forms of bug control you use, it’s always a good idea to keep some regular old fly spray around for when you ride. This one is sweat resistant and a best seller.
“This is the best fly spray I’ve found for keeping ticks off my horse. I apply it liberally to his lower legs, mane and tail before a ride and we return tick-free when other horses with us who haven’t used it come back with ticks.” – Selina C. from Point Reyes Station, CA
Top-recommended products for your dog, too:
K9 Advantix II: Prevents and kills mosquitoes in addition to fleas and ticks.
“I have yet to find evidence of fleas, ticks, or mosquitoes biting my dogs since using this product. A+!”
– Katherine O. from Randolph, MA
Bio Spot: Affordable solution to kill and repel fleas and ticks.
“Been using this product for 5 years . In all those years not a tick has been found on my two beagles.” – Saul V. from Newburg, NY
Frontline Plus: Kills all life stages of the 4 main ticks, including ones that can transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
“This product, without fail, will protect your dog and your family. I live where there are too many ticks. I have no fear of bites or worse Lyme disease because the ticks are dead within 24 hrs. It is a no brainer and I wouldn’t ‘TRY’ another product. This one works!”
– Jody S from Palmyra, WI
Check out SmartPak.com for more great tick and insect control products to protect your ponies and pups on any budget. And as always, give us a call at 1-888-752-5171 if you have any questions—we’re always happy to help. Have a great, tick-free summer!