Flies Confused By Zebra Stripe!!Michael
Did you know that scientific research has shown that flies are confused by the zebra stripe and steer clear! I didn’t believe it either.. but I put it to the test on my horses, one in the Zebra Fly Rug and the other in a standard fly rug in paddocks next to one another and it works! There were less flies on and around my horse with the Zebra Fly Rug on and more around the horse in the standard plain coloured fly rug, I couldn’t believe the difference!
Scientists painted wooden pallets containing vegetable oil different patterns of black and white stripes or all black or all white. These pallets were then placed in a fly-infested field and results showed that there were far more flies in the black painted pallets, fewer in the white but the fewest flies of all were found in the pallets painted with very thin black and white stripes.
Afterwards, researchers carried out a similar trial on model horses covered in glue. At the end of 59 days, the black horse had caught 562 flies, the brown one 334, the white one 22 and the zebra patterned horse had just 8! It is thought that the flies find the stripes confusing and as a result they tend to steer clear.
Based on this research, Bucas has developed a first of its kind fly rug with thin zebra-like stripes – the Buzz-Off Zebra, to keep horses free from the stresses of summer flies for good. This unique zebra fly rug, which is the same design as the Bucas standard Buzz-Off fly rug, has shoulder darts for extra room and movement, a full neck, which overlaps in front to ensure no flies can get in and goes all the way to the ears, a belly flap for further protection and it’s made from a fine mesh fabric ensuring that even the smallest of flies won’t have access to your horse. What’s more, there’s the option of a matching fly mask, too!
Take a look at the Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra Fly Rug here at https://hudsonequine.com/product/bucas-buzz-off-zebra-full-neck/