Horses and Mosquitoes

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How to Protect Your Horse from Mosquitoes:

  • Stable your horse during peak mosquito hours, dawn and dusk, and throughout the night if possible.
  • Keep your stable dark at night; some mosquitoes are attracted to incandescent lights that glow yellow.
  • Change water in troughs and clean troughs weekly.
  • If possible, remove all birds, including chickens that are close to the stable.
  • Store wheelbarrows and empty buckets upside down.
  • If you’re in a high mosquito area, consider using topical treatments containing mosquito repellents labeled for horses. Contact your local veterinarian before use and be sure to follow all label directions.
  • Remove or cover old tires and drain tarps holding water.

Additional Resources

American Mosquito Control Association
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
NC Dept Environment & Natural Resources