Wellness Wednesday - Controlling Flies and Mosquitoes Without Insecticides

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Written by Tigger Montague, Formulator (BioStar EQ)

Last year, on the advice of an organic farmer, I put up a bat house, and bought two egg sacks of preying mantises. Combined with my monthly delivery of Fly Predators, plus small plastic bags half filled with water and a few pennies at the bottom of the bag (the Amish fly control system), apple cider vinegar, and some fly strips (icky though they are), I managed to use less than 2 bottles of fly spray for the entire summer. Bats are capable of eating more than 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour, and they also feed on moths, and leafhoppers.

I mounted the bat house on a 15 foot pole, facing south, because the bats need at least 6 hours of sun to stay warm. I placed the bat house in a section of pasture close to a creek, but away from the woods. A bat house needs to be fairly close to a water source, and as much as I appreciate what bats do, I didn’t want them living too close to the barn.

The Praying Mantis, which looks like an alien out of a sci-fi movie, has been described uniquely: “in the world of biological pest control weapons, praying mantises are howitzer cannons.”    Moths, crickets, grasshoppers, and flies are the diet of the mantis. They also love to eat roaches.

You can purchase mantis egg sacks from a variety of online companies.

Place the egg case in the crotch of a tree or shrub, and tie it with twine to the branch (yet another good use for hay strings!). Three cases of eggs contain enough mantises to cover approximately 6,500 square feet. Mantis egg sacks hatch in about 10-15 days of warm weather.

Bats are nocturnal while mantises are daylight hunters.

This year I have put in a bigger bat house (that I call The Bat Condo),capable of housing 600 bats. I have ordered more mantis egg sacks, and just this weekend spied a mantis egg sack that had been left by a female mantis before the first frost last autumn.  An adult mantis has the lifespan of about 6 months, so the female lays her eggs before she dies.

Between the mantises, bats, fly predators, Amish Fly Control system, apple cider vinegar (sprayed generously on the horses), and fly strips it’s clear to me that it takes a variety of measures to reduce the dependency on chemical insect warfare.

So many pollinators (bees, bats, butterflies, hummingbirds) are at risk from pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. Pollinators are responsible for roughly 1,000 plants grown for food, spices, and medicines.

World Equestrian Games 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:36
Grand prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein has represented Israel in major international competitions in 2014, from Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark in Canada to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  Upon returning to the United States, the dual US and Israeli citizen has been invited to compete in the Central Park Horse Show,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:47
Louise Parkes
 made it double-gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy today when adding the individual title to last Thursday’s team victory for The Netherlands. He made his way into this afternoon’s top-four Jumping final thanks to a horse that he admitted was inexperienced at this level of the sport and which clearly surprised him...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:30
In sport, time is often the difference between victory and defeat, and in a display of supreme individual horsemanship, the Netherlands Jeroen Dubbeldam today sealed a growing reputation within the sport of Show Jumping by claiming the Individual World Champion title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy by less than half a...

Eventing

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:55
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
German star, Michael Jung, scooped the 6-year-old title with Star Connection while Frenchman, Thomas Carlile, steered last year’s 6-year-old winner Tanareze to victory in the 7-year-old category at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses 2014 at Le Lion d’Angers, France yesterday.
 
Carlile made history when...
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:03
Ann Haller, Classic Communications
Fair Hill, MD - October 19, 2014 - Julie Richards, Newnan, GA and Urlanmore Beauty were flawless in the show jumping phase to win The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) CCI** in Elkton, MD on Sunday afternoon. The 2004 Olympic team bronze medalist completed the three-phase competition without...
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:40
Ann Haller, Classic Communications
Fair Hill, MD - October 18, 2014 -  Boyd Martin, Cochranville, PA and Master Frisky managed to maintain the lead in The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) CCI*** in Elkton, MD on Saturday, but it is still anyone's game going into the final day of competition as seven penalties separate the top four...
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 14:26
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is now accepting proposals for the USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach position. The Developing Rider Coach will work under the direction of USEF Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor to further develop and oversee the Eventing 25 and Eventing 18 programs. To learn more about the USEF...
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 14:23
Stuart Horse Trials Media
Victor, NY - October 17, 2014 - If the Stuart Horse Trials wanted to top its successful 25th anniversary last July, then today's news certainly fits the bill. Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, is partnering with Stuart Horse Trials to organize the Stuart event in Victor, NY, starting in July 2015....
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 14:02
Ann Haller, Classic Communications
Fair Hill, MD - October 16, 2014 - Three week s on the road traveling across the country from California to Maryland, and a first-time ride at The Dutta Corporation Fair Hill International, was only part of the challenge Matthew Brown, Petaluma, CA, set for himself to "get outside of his comfort zone". Happenstance, an 8-year old Holsteiner...
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 13:53
Ann Haller, Classic Communications
Fair Hill, MD - October 15, 2014 - Eventing riders from coast to coast of the U.S. and around the world presented horses today at The Dutta Corporation Fair Hill International CCI ***...

Reining and Western Riding

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 11:15
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Tampa, Fl. - Quarter Horse riders, owners and trainers mark your calendars and clear your schedules now for December 27 - 31, 2014. The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Shows is returning to the Florida State Fairgrounds' Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and the five full days of American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows are not to be missed....
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:10
The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center will be at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and will be providing therapies. MagnaWave and Laser Therapy will be available with special Congress pricing. They can treat your horses and your dogs. To make an appointment call or text Melissa at (352)804-6864
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 11:52
Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
Oklahoma City, OK - The American Quarter Horse (AQHA) World Championship Show November 7-22, will once again feature a para-equestrian reining demonstration on November 15, 2014. The demonstration will take place in The Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City after the Senior Reining CRI 3*. The previous 2013 AQHA World...
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:10
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group
Jupiter, FL - Steed Training and Horse Show By Appointment are making the final preparations for another exciting, family friendly Western exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 27. Spectators are welcome to the free event at Golden L Ranch in Jupiter, FL. Brothers Trevor and Rick Steed of Steed Training will lead the way in showcasing team sorting and...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...

Driving

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 13:25
Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
Lodi, California- Four Para-Equestrian Drivers competed at the Shady Oaks CDE September 18-21, 2014, in Lodi, California. Those athletes included Tracy Bowman competing in Preliminary Single Pony; Ginny Leal competing in Training Level Single Pony; Diane Kastama competing in Preliminary Pair; and Stefanie Putnam who competed in Preliminary Single...
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 11:09
Kathleen Landwehr, USEF
Lexington, Ky. - The last USEF National Combined Driving Champions of 2014 were crowned during the final day at the Kentucky Classic CDE as drivers guided their horses and ponies through Richard Nicoll's 20-obstacle cones course at the Kentucky Horse Park.   USEF National Pairs Championship  Misdee Wrigley Miller (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) earned her...
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 11:23
Kathleen Landwehr, USEF
Lexington, Ky. - The exciting marathon phase took place Saturday at the Kentucky Classic CDE, the host of the final USEF National Combined Driving Championship competitions of 2014. Drivers demonstrated their skill through seven-obstacles on the marathon track at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. USEF National Pairs Championship        By...
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 09:37
Kathleen Landwehr, USEF
Lexington, Ky. - A warm and sunny afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., set the stage for the first phase of competition in the final USEF National Combined Driving Championships of 2014. Drivers entered the dressage arena at the Kentucky Classic CDE in order to take their first steps toward a National Title.  USEF National...
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:45
Helen Murray for USEF
Izsak, Hungary - The United States closed out the 2014 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles on a high note with strong performances in the cones phase. Jacob Arnold and Donna Crookston were among only seven competitors to produce clears on Sunday, while Leslie Berndl also left all the balls in place, just collecting a handful of time...
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:18
Cindy Timmer
After four exciting days with seventy-seven drivers from 24 nations at the eighth FEI World Single Driving Championships in Izsák (HUN) at the weekend, Dutch driver Wilbrord van den Broek won individual gold and Germany took team gold for the third time in a row. Hats off Four-time Dutch champion Wilbrord van den Broek won the Dressage phase with...
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 11:01
Helen Murray for USEF
Izsak, Hungary - The United States will head out on the marathon at the FEI World Driving Championships in ninth place, after posting a team score of 101.57 in the dressage. On Friday, Jacob Arnold and Hotspur's Red Rowl rounded the U.S. effort in the first phase with a top-40 performance. Arnold (Snow Camp, FL.) and John C. Merritt and Karen K....

Show Jumping

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:59
Jennifer Wood Media, Inc
Washington, D.C. – October 20, 2014 – The 2014 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) hosted its Regional Horse Show in conjunction with the USHJA Zone 3 Finals this weekend on October 17-19, 2014, at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. The competition is a precursor to the 56th annual Washington International Horse Show...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:53
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group
Lexington, KY - October 20, 2014 - After dominating the Hagyard Challenge Series for the second year in a row, Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios has captured the $50,000 Hagyard Leading Rider Award. He and his talented mounts earned the winning honors in four of the seven Hagyard Lexington Classic events, which coupled with other top placings, gave...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:45
Jennifer Wood Media, Inc
Washington, D.C. – October 20, 2014 – The 2014 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) kicks off tomorrow with six days of action-packed equestrian sport and entertainment at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. For one week each year, our nation’s capital welcomes top horses and riders from around the world to compete at the country’s...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:38
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
Vitacura (CHI) - Brazilian young guns were all but unstoppable at the FEI Americas Jumping Championships for Young Riders, Juniors, Pre-Juniors and Children 2014 which took place at Vitacura in Chile from 6 to 12 October. The history of these Championships is a long and significant one. For almost 40 years the region has consistently encouraged...
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 15:03
Celine Pardo, Gucci PR
Gucci Creative Director, Frida Giannini, has designed an exclusive silk twill foulard in honor of Gucci’s sponsorship of the Gucci Paris Masters, the prestigious International Show Jumping event which takes place for its 6th edition in Paris from December 4th to December 7th 2014. Measuring 90 cm x 90 cm, the foulard’s unique design, a...
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:53
Blenheim EquiSports
Las Vegas, NV - October 20, 2014 - Less than a month away, the Las Vegas National Horse Show buzz is building.  With three thrilling evenings of world-class show jumping guaranteed to pack the house, the South Point Hotel and Casino is the spot to be from November 13th through 15th, 2014.
Reed Kessler and Cylana, photo by Spruce Media...
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:24
Pennsylvania National Horse Show PR
Harrisburg, PA - October 18, 2014 - It was a day filled with excitement as 22 amateur adult riders took to the ring at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur Owner Jumper Classic. In a field of very competitive riders, only five of the initial 22 made it through the first round without penalties and...

Para Dressage

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
Written By: FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA). The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal with her mare Royal Delight ahead of British Paralympic and reigning world champion Sophie Christiansen and Singapore's most-decorated Paralympic athlete Laurentia Tan. Morganti, who also won Individual Grade 1a silver at the Games in Normandy, beat five champions to the top spot in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) poll from the worlds of canoeing, athletics, swimming and sailing following a bumper month of global para-sport.   Since her internationa...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:16
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier Aachen, Germany  -  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Con...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:16
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier Aachen, Germany  -  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Con...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 16:56
Written By: USEF Communications
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named five horse-and-athlete combinations to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. Four combinations will serve as the Team, while one combination will compete as an Individual. The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team (in alphabetical order): Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. Rebecca Hart (Unionville, PA) and her own Schroeter's Romani, a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Re...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 16:56
Written By: USEF Communications
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named five horse-and-athlete combinations to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. Four combinations will serve as the Team, while one combination will compete as an Individual. The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team (in alphabetical order): Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. Rebecca Hart (Unionville, PA) and her own Schroeter's Romani, a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Re...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:44
Written By: Diana DeRosa
Susan Treabess. Photo by Diana DeRosa The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy are just around the corner and everyone headed to the Games is anxious for everything to start. Opening Ceremony takes place on August 23rd with the actual competition beginning on the 25th. While media and spectators are packing their bags, riders and horses competing in the first week and prepping for their journey to France. On Sunday, August 10th, the Endurance and Para-Dressage riders were sharing quarters at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. With camera in hand, it was the perfect opportunity to capture pictures and listen to the excited voices of the riders as they talked about the impending journey. The Para riders will be competing at the La Prairie Racecourse August 25...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:44
Written By: Diana DeRosa
Susan Treabess. Photo by Diana DeRosa The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy are just around the corner and everyone headed to the Games is anxious for everything to start. Opening Ceremony takes place on August 23rd with the actual competition beginning on the 25th. While media and spectators are packing their bags, riders and horses competing in the first week and prepping for their journey to France. On Sunday, August 10th, the Endurance and Para-Dressage riders were sharing quarters at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. With camera in hand, it was the perfect opportunity to capture pictures and listen to the excited voices of the riders as they talked about the impending journey. The Para riders will be competing at the La Prairie Racecourse August 25...
Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:06
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
  Gladstone, NJ - In only 16 days the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team will be riding down centerline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France. In preparation for the trip overseas the final jog for each of the four U.S. team horses and individual horse occurred at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Led by Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt, the four team duos include: Grade II rider Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Grade Ia rider Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch; Grade Ib athlete Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi W...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:44
Ottawa, ON, - The Canadian Para-Equestrian Team were in the top placings on the first day of competition at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* held July 9-11, 2014 in Gloucester, ENG. Riding Double Agent, her seven-year-old Anglo-European Studbook mare, Roberta Sheffield of Lincolnshire, UK won her Grade III team test with 69.000%, and finished in second with Evelyn Little's eight-year-old gelding Dutch Warmblood, Bindro T, with a score of 68.211%. Three-time Paralympian Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC and Equine Canada's 13-year-old Oldenburg mare, Off to Paris, finished in second place in their Grade II team test, scoring 68.824%. Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC and Collegiate Sweet Leilani, M. Kendalyne Overway's 13-year-old Morgan mare, earned a score of 66.360% for seventh i...
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 05:37
Susan and Kamiakin (Photo by SusanJStickle) Kamiakin is the first Spanish Horse ever to have the honor to represent the United States in an international competition. He and his rider Susan Treabess have been selected for the US Para-Equestrian Team that is going to the WEG in Normandy, France. Kamiakin is a P.R.E. Horse bred right here in the United States by Ami McHugh of Crown J Ranch. He is owned by Susan in partnership with American, Katie Hill, who now lives in Holland, and registered with The IALHA, The P.R.E. MUNDIAL and with ANCCE. The Problem: Due to budget cuts at USEF, Susan and Kamiakin need to raise about $15,000 more to be able to attend the games. Some donations have already been sent but it is not enough to get their team to France. Now is the time for all of us, the m...
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