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This seasonal condition causes misery for affected horses and can be hard to manage as there is no ‘cure’. Sweet itch is caused by a hypersensitivity reaction to the saliva from certain midges which triggers an over-active response from the horse’s immune system. This results in intense itching, often along the back, neck and tail, and skin damage which can lead to permanent hair loss and painful sores.

Control is aimed at minimising exposure to midge bites and often includes some of the following measures:

  • Starting control before the season – do not wait for the horse to start itching
  • Stabling the horse during dawn and dusk when midge activity is greatest
  • Turning horses out in fields with lower fly burdens e.g. higher ground, away from woodland and standing water horse’s skin
  • Using barrier methods such as an effective fly rug to prevent midge contact with the horse’s skin
  • Using an effective product that will repel and kill the midges, such as Coopers Fly Repellent Plus

As an aid in the control of Sweet itch, Coopers Fly Repellent Plus can be re-applied as little as every 4 days, or less frequently in some cases, depending on the horse’s lifestyle and susceptibility. Research has shown that early intervention (even before clinical signs appear in known ‘risk’ animals) often results in reduced severity of ongoing symptoms.