Sometimes you have no choice but to use spray to protect your animals and yourself from pesky and potentially harmful insects. These can include Mosquitoes, Gnats, Ticks, Wasps, Horse and Deer Flies, No-see-ums, Chiggers, Fleas, Culicoides and more, as well as regular House Flies and Biting Stable Flies.
You should not have to spray very often for House Flies and Biting Stable Flies if you are using Fly Predators, unless you are away from your property or started them late in the season. However, Fly Predators do not affect all the other insects that might be in your vicinity so we’ve always said it’s OK to spray, but do it appropriately.
For 2019, we are introducing Bye Bye Insects Fly and Mosquito spray. Our goal was to create a product that was as effective as the best pyrethrin synthetic chemical products, but only using ingredients that met the EPA’s 25(b) Minimum Risk criteria.
To our knowledge and testing, Bye Bye Insects is the first to accomplish that goal. Bye Bye Insects has a pleasant scent and can be used on humans and horses.
Fly Spray Hasn’t Improved Much For Decades Most popular Pyrethrin based fly sprays were registered in the 1980’s and 1990’s. UltraShield Red is an exception, it was registered in 2011. DEET was developed in the 1940’s. All these products require registration with the EPA.
We Wanted To Be Better Our goal was to create the best fly and mosquito repellent, not just the best Essential Oil one. In the past, Essential Oils never kept up with Pyrethrins in performance.
Besides matching performance of Pyrethrin sprays, Bye Bye Insects also smells and feels terrific. Pyrethrin fly sprays warn against use on human skin and few people like the smell of DEET. By comparison, Bye Bye Insects has a pleasant scent and can be used on yourself, your family and your horses.
Bye Bye Insects Has Been Rigorously Tested We’ve been working on Bye Bye Insects since 2016 and are still improving it. As of October 2018, this has involved testing over 30 different formulations, with 6,000+ equine fly counts in 6 field studies conducted in two states. We’ve also completed over 15,000 human mosquito counts in 30 studies. Bye Bye Insects has been tested for repellency with House Flies, Biting Stable Flies, Horn Flies and Mosquitoes.
Bye Bye Insects’ performance on horses was also measured by surveying almost 1,000 early release customers. Of those responding, 44% said it worked better and 45% said it worked the same, as their current (mostly Pyrethrin) fly sprays. 47% said Bye Bye Insects would replace their current spray, 41% said maybe it would.
Looking at the graph above of fly repellency, note that Bye Bye Insects (Yellow) has comparable repellency to Farnam’s Tri-Tech, Absorbine’s UltraShield Red and Pyranah’s Spray & Wipe, three of the “high end” Pyrethrin based sprays. Bye Bye Insects performed far better than the other “Natural” sprays like Absorbine’s Ultrashield Green or SmartPak’s OutSmart. These tests were for Biting Stable Flies which are harder to repel than House Flies. Chart data as of 10/20/18. Test protocol and full data can be viewed by clicking the links.
Bye Bye Insects Is A ConcentrateYou can adjust its performance to what isneeded. We expect many will find a 50% dilution will still provide sufficient repellency. But it can be used at full strength. On your first bottle, use the full strength until half is gone, then refill with tap water. In our tests, half strength lasted roughly 1-2 hours less than the 7-8 hours of full strength.
Our Refills Are Very Smart Buys After you use up your first quart ($22.95 delivered) don’t throw it away. Instead refill it from our 3 quart refill pouch that will be available March 2019. The 3 quart pouch is $44.95 delivered so each full strength refilled quart is only $14.98. Diluted by half it’s just $7.49 per quart. That’s the lowest cost on the market, delivered, for far better performance than low-priced sprays.
Have We Made The Perfect Spray?Getting close but not yet. One issue is with slight yellow staining on white and grey hair. If used lightly, the staining is minimal and will wear off. Other than on white and grey horses, this is not noticeable.
Absorbine’s UltraShield Green and Red, Farnam’s Tri-Tec14 and Bronco, Pyranha’s Spray & Wipe, SmartPak’s OutSmart, Spalding’s Bye Bye Insects are trademarks of those respective companies.
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