PROTECTION FOR HORSES FROM MOSQUITOES
Mosquito Halt® Spray for Horses from
Veterinary Products Laboratories Repels and Kills The Insects
PHOENIX, Ariz. - (June 22, 2004) When summer
settles in, so do the season’s uninvited pests including
mosquitoes. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
recommends that horse owners implement safeguards to prevent
animals’ exposure to mosquitoes--because the insects
are known to spread the potentially fatal West Nile Virus
(WNV). In fact, more than 40 mosquito species have been
found to carry the disease.
Since WNV was first detected in the United
States in 1999, the number of horses affected by the virus
grew steadily to 14,717 in 2002 alone. According to
the Center for Disease Control, 14 states have reported cases
of WNV this year. As the equine veterinary community
is aware, approximately one-third of horses infected with
the disease die or are euthanized, while those that survive
are sometimes left permanently disabled.
Mosquito Halt® Repellent Spray for Horses from Veterinary
Products Laboratories (VPL) repels and kills mosquitoes and
provides both a quick knockdown and residual control against
mosquitoes. It contains two insecticides, permethrin
and prallethrin, as well as two repellents, MGK 326 and Butoxypolypropylene
glycol. The spray also includes aloe, lanolin, and paba
sunscreen for further protection from the elements.
“Horse owners are always looking for
ways to keep their horses protected and this is one more key
step toward comprehensive protection,” said Deanna Stamy,
marketing manager for VPL’s horse products. “Mosquito
Halt is an option for veterinarians to offer their clients
in addition to existing vaccines.”
For maximum protection, Mosquito Halt®
should be applied daily for two to three days. As the
infestation subsides, repeat treatment every five to 10 days.
It should be reapplied if the animal has been washed or exposed
to heavy rain.
Mosquito Halt® also provides protection
against gnats, face flies, stable flies, and house flies on
horses, ponies and foals.