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Horsefly Traps & Insect Control

Horsefly Traps & Insect Control

  • Protect your horse against annoying pests
  • Get a gadfly trap for the horse paddock
  • Browse our extremely effective insect control products
  • Order online and save money!
Products
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 134.99
  • the improved horsefly trap "Tabanus-Trap"
  • protect your horses, cattle or yourself
  • hand auger for easy installation
  • catches 95 % of horseflies
  • non-toxic and environmentally friendly
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 114.99
  • the simpler version of the Tabanus Trap
  • better price - same result: large catch range - captures 95% of all hoseflies over 2.5 acres
  • big bait ball - sturdy, durable - for high fishing success
  • robust catch container with lid
  • auger and frame - completely hot-dip galvanized
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will soon be available
£ 97.99
  • 95 % less horse flies
  • eco-friendly and toxic free method (without insecticides)
  • easy assembly/hanging
  • white funnel
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 142.99
  • mobile horse fly trap
  • the horse fly trap can be easily relocated
  • 95 % fewer horse flies in the stall
  • effective against all types of horse fly
  • free of toxins and no chemical agents
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 142.99
  • H-trap horse fly trap from Holland
  • 95 % fewer horse flies – scientifically proven!
  • an effective area of up to 10,000 m²
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Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 125.74
  • The "TaonX" horse fly trap keeps unpleasant horse flies far away from you and your animals!
  • 95 % fewer horse flies in the field
  • an effective area of up to 10,000 m²
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 97.99
  • maximum effective area of 5,000 m²
  • environmentally friendly and toxin-free method
  • central diameter: 1.00 m
  • weight: around 10 kg
  • 2-year warranty
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Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 19.99
  • bracket for hanging horsefly traps
  • very robust
  • fully hot-dip galvanized
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 49.99
  • high heat storage capacity
  • extremely robust, extra thick rubber
  • high UV stability
  • very secure when hung up
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Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 29.99
  • very sturdy fabric, highly tear-resistant
  • practical Velcro attachment, tried-and-tested system
  • high UV-stability and resistance to temperatures
  • suitable for many horsefly traps: VOSS.farming Tabanus Trap, VOSS.farming Tabanus Edge, VOSS.farming Tabanus easy, VOSS.farming Delta, VOSS.farming HorseFriend, Alcochem H-Trap
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 18.99
  • catch container for horsefly traps
  • UV-resistant
  • suitable for all our horsefly trap
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 12.99
  • Replacement nylon straps for horse fly traps:
  • Kerbl "TAON-X"
  • Kerbl "TAON-X ECO"
  • VOSS.farming "HorseFriend"
  • VOSS.garden "BeFree"
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 53.99
  • ultrasound effective area: up to about 325m²
  • mains operation: 5 Volt mains adapter
  • battery operation: 3x 1.5 Volt AA
  • with individual adjustment options
  • generates ultrasonic sounds (20.000Hz to 45.000Hz)
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 15.99
  • capture container for horsefly traps
  • UV-resistant
  • suitable for all our horsefly traps
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 7.99
  • handle length: 70 cm
  • light weight: 268 g
  • for all common horsefly traps
In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days
£ 94.99
  • effective area of 6,000 m²
  • 95 % fewer horseflys
  • diameter: approx. 100 cm (39.4 in)
  • weight: 5.3 kg (12 lb)
  • completely UV-resistant
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Delivery: 4 - 8 business days

Colours: Black blue zebra
Size: Pony (P2) Cob Full
from £ 8.99
  • material: polyester, polypropylene
  • padding made from polyester, rubber material
  • stainless steel buckle
  • sizes: pony, cob, full
  • colours: black, blue, zebra

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Delivery: 4 - 8 business days

Colours: Black grey
Size: Pony (P2) Cob Full
from £ 10.99
  • without ears
  • hook and loop fastener
  • material: PVC
  • sizes: pony, cob, full
  • colours: grey, black

In stock
Delivery: 4 - 8 business days

Colours: Black blue zebra
Size: Cob Full
from £ 5.99
  • sizes: cob or full
  • colours: black, blue, zebra
  • protection against flies
  • easy to attach
  • suitable for horses and ponies

Build your own horsefly trap or buy one at an affordable price?

A horsefly trap will provide you with a great service in the summer. Particularly in recent times, the outstanding effect of this type of horsefly trap has become apparent and has kept fields up to 95 % free of horseflies. However, many horse owners shy away from having to pay approx. 150 to 180 euros for a horsefly trap. So the question must be asked: “Should I build my own horsefly trap or buy one at an affordable price?”

Building your own horsefly trap

Do you want to build your own horsefly trap? There’s nothing simpler: at first glance, it would appear easy to build a horsefly trap. After all, it’s just a ball hanging under a screen. However, upon closer inspection, more details become apparent and are certain to present a challenge for many handymen.

Let’s start with the metal structure

This is a combination of robustness and security. The construction needs to be strong, as horses and ponies may misuse the pole. i.e. they may use the horsefly trap to scratch themselves on, which means that you will need to move it to another position. On the other hand, it must not get bent. The pole is subject to not insignificant forces exerted upon it by the animals. This means that if you want to assemble the pole yourself, you’ll need a steel pipe, approximately 2 to 4 mm thick. Not everyone will be able to bend the pipe without weakening the metal. The price for this kind of steel pipe with a length of approx. 2.5 cm is about 20 euros. If you then also want to galvanise it, you’ll need to invest another 10 euros or thereabouts.

There is a question of safety concerning the corners and edges of the pole. There should not be any sharp edges on the pole of your future horsefly trap. Otherwise, this will pose a risk for the animals out in the field.

The screen, ball and collecting container

If you do manage to assemble the pole, you’ll then need to assemble the screen, ball and container.

The ball for your future horsefly trap needs to be black. This is important so that the ball will heat up extremely intensively in comparison to the ambient temperature. Only in this way will you be able to ensure that the horseflies will prefer to sting the ball rather than your animals. This too would appear easy, at first glance. You can use a gym ball for this. These balls are available in lovely bright colours. However, it won’t be easy to find a black ball. Black requires particularly high UV protection. UV-protected balls don’t come cheap. You may have to use the inferior services of a colourful ball. As you then need to colour the ball black, you will also need a can of spray paint. For the above-mentioned reasons, and also because the ball will contract with warm and cold temperatures in the evening and during the day, you shouldn‘t just choose the cheapest ball. 

To draw up the costs so far – not including labour costs or the petrol costs involved in driving back and forth to the DIY store.

Now we also need a screen for the horsefly trap. The screen must be hung over the ball so that, after being attracted by the ball, the horseflies can’t return to the field but are trapped in the centre. The screen must also be closed at the top, and it must also be transparent so that it lets the light through from the sun onto the ball of your future horsefly trap. An old umbrella may be suitable for this. However, you should pay attention to the quality of the screen so that it stays in place despite gusts of wind. If it blows away with the next gust of wind, you’ll need to have a second or even third umbrella at the ready to replace the old one.

You will then need a container. Various options are possible for use as a container. However, bear in mind that the container needs to be cylindrical in shape. This is important to ensure that the horsefly trap really will act as a trap. Once caught in the cylinder,   they can no longer fly, due to their shape. An old, not too large bucket would make a good container. You must now attach this to the cylinder.
You could use sheet metal again for this. However, this would need to lie flush with the bucket so that the horseflies can’t escape from the horsefly trap under any circumstance.  This also requires manual dexterity. The cylinder and container combination must also make it possible for you to easily empty the trap. You should also have the possibility of filling it with liquid, e.g. soapy water, so that the horse flies abandon the idea of escaping more rapidly. 

Now that we’ve got the main components together, we still need a few cables, glue and insulating tape to bind everything together. After a few attempts, it should be possible to bind everything together. 

Statement of costs for building your own horsefly trap

If we put together a statement of costs, it will look something like this:

  • Metal post 20 euros
  • Galvanizing: 10 euros
  • Ball: 15 euros
  • Paint: 15 euros
  • Umbrella: 10 euros
  • Bucket: 2 euros
  • Sheet metal: 10 euros
  • Auxiliary materials: 10 euros

So, the cost just of the materials is approx. 92 euros. These costs do not include travel expenses, research costs for finding the materials or other costs involved in gathering the equipment together.
If you already possess a suitable building tool, you won’t need to pay for this in addition. However it would be fair to also include this in the costs along with the cost of wear and tear on the tool which would amount to approx. 10 euros. So, the price for building your own horsefly trap now amounts to just under 100 euros. However, this only includes the cost of materials and tools.
You will also need several hours to make and assemble your trap, depending on your level of manual dexterity. At this point, you can add your own hourly rate. For the sake of simplicity, let’s take the minimum wage of 8.5 euros and 5 hours’ construction time, which amounts to approx. 42.5 euros.

So, with everything added together, the cost of making your own horsefly trap now amounts to approx. 140 euros. The question now arises as to whether all this effort really is worth it, just to save 10 euros.

Buy an affordable horsefly trap

Based on these realistic calculations, we can now make a direct cost comparison.
The market price is approx. 150 to 180 euros. This is a point that makes many think again.
However, the price, which at first glance appears subjective, is actually very well calculated and therefore a bargain for you.

Conclusion – build your own horsefly trap or buy one at an affordable price?

In summary, we can say that it is possible to build your own horsefly trap. However, if you realistically calculate the costs involved, you will soon come to the conclusion that you should question whether or not it really is an advantage to build your own trap and whether you really will save on costs. As has been demonstrated, at a closer glance, the costs are high due to the many components required. The site of application out in the field including, to some extent, harsh treatment of the horsefly trap by the animals, and the influence of the sun, wind and rain demand the use of materials which are not the cheapest.
In contrast to this, we have demonstrated that the purchase price of just under 150 euros is not actually calculated too high.

Finally, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you would prefer to spend your time with your animals rather than in the workshop, at the DIY store or in front of the computer gathering together all the components you’ll need just for the sake of saving 10 to 20 euros?

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