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Do you have horses?

Then you are aware of the health hazard posed by seemingly harmless flies. Horse flies, black flies even house flies carry bacteria, viruses and disease that pose a real threat to the health and well-being of your horses AND to humans. It’s a fact horse flies spread and transmit 100 species of equine pathogens, including roundworm, bovine mastitis and pinkeye. Stable flies transmit African horse sickness, swamp fever (equine infectious anemia), and anthrax. For humans, flies can transmit tuberculosis, myiasis, relapsing fever, anthrax, amoebic dysentery and leprosy.

To make things worse, recent studies have linked common face flies to the spread of sarcoids, one of the most commonly encountered equine neoplasias (tumors), and it is conceivable that the risk of spreading sarcoids could be minimized through horse management techniques.

Until now, all you had available to protect your horses from flies were expensive fly repellents, feed medication, and various sprays that needed to be applied on a regular basis - none of which provides a healthy environment for your horses.

The simple, economical AND most effective form of equine protection available is the FliesBeGone non-toxic fly trap! Each trap catches up to 20,000 flies that will be an integral part of fly maintenance that sprays and repellents can’t do; help break the fly's breeding cycle!

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Consistent use of Flies Be Gone non-toxic fly traps as a key part of your horse(s) health maintenance program along with basic sanitary practices that will help rid your stables of flies and the infections and the diseases they carry.

Flies Be Gone non-toxic fly traps can be used year-round outdoors guarding the entrance to your stables while keeping flies away from your valuable horses and other animals.

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The Internet has hundreds of reliable websites regarding the good health of your horses and the devestating effect
flies have on them.

Here is more information on flies and horses you should know....
Introduction: You should not wait until a problem exists to begin a fly control program. Flies are among the most difficult pests to control. A good program needs to be in place before fly numbers increase. Often flies are hidden during a portion of their lifecycle making them undetectable. Knowing when and where they may be found increases the ability to limit potential losses in your animal’s performance. Proper identification of the fly and knowledge of the life cycles is important to help to target control measures. The following four flies are the more common ones found around livestock and horse areas.

Horn Fly


Stable Fly


Horse Fly


Face Fly

House Fly

Black Fly

(These six flies are the most common types found on the farm)

The Horn Fly and Face Fly cause problems in pasture situations, while the House Fly and Stable Fly are a problem around barns and stable areas.

Horn Flies They are dark gray in color with two transparent wings folded flat over the back, often in a delta wing position. Their life cycle is completed in 8 to 45 days depending on temperature and humidity. The horn fly rests on different parts of the host’s body – on light or dark-colored patches of hair (dark when cool and light when hot) and underside during rain or heat. Horn flies will only leave their host when they lay eggs, move to other cattle in the herd, or when the cattle enter buildings. Most of the feeding occurs along the underline of the animal and often bloody, scabby sores can be seen. The horn fly can feed from 10 to 38 times per day and this results in irritation to the host and decreased grazing time and thus reduced weight gains and milk production.

House Flies The adult house fly is very similar in appearance to stable flies and develop in fresh manure. The life cycle is about two weeks. House flies can not pierce the skin of an animal; instead they feed on animal wastes, decomposing feeds, and other liquefied organic matter. Numerous animal and human diseases can be traced back to the house fly.

Stable Flies They resemble the common house fly except that they have “checkerboard” markings on the underside of their abdomen. Life cycle is 3 weeks in the summer and longer in cooler weather. They feed on most species of livestock, but are most prevalent on cattle and horses. The primary area that they
feed (suck blood) is on the front legs causing the animal to bunch in a circle to protect their front legs.

Face Flies The adult face fly is similar to the house fly except that it is larger and darker in color. They are more prevalent on cattle and horses and are considered a serious pest. Face flies are non-biters that feed on secretions, nectar and cluster around the animal’s eyes, mouth, and muzzle. These flies serve as vectors of eye diseases such as pinkeye and eyeworms. They have a high longevity, over wintering in homes and barns.

Horse Flies Are large biting flies which can inflict painful bites on horses and humans. Horse flies have been incriminated in the transmission of equine infectious anemia. Further, because the bite is painful, horses may become restless and unmanageable when they attempt to ward off attacks by these flies. Life cycles are long. Only female flies feed on blood.
Black Flies Black flies are small, 1/12 to 1/15 inch long, hump backed; biting flies which may have high populations in the spring and early summer, particularly in pasture areas along streams. The immature stages are found in flowing water. Pupation occurs underwater and the adults float to the surface, ready for flight, feeding, and mating. Adult feeding on horses and other animals can pose serious animal health problems, and the irritation caused by black fly bites can make horses unmanageable. A large numbers of bites may cause weakness from blood loss, anaphylactic shock, or death.

Best Management Practices: Sanitation is the most important factor in any fly control plan. Manure and other organic fly breeding material should be regularly removed from barn and stable areas. Composting manure can also aid in fly control. The heat generated by proper composting will kill fly eggs, therefore reducing fly populations. Clean up spilled feed and other organic materials to prevent additional fly breeding grounds. Automatic waterers should also be properly cleaned and maintained.

Sprays can be used but need frequent reapplication. Dust bags and back rubbers work well, but animals must be forced to use them. For a non-insecticide option, a walk through fly trap can be positioned by gates where livestock pass through. Feed additives can also be used for controlling fly larvae developing in manure.

Resources:
Ohio Pesticide Applicator Livestock Training – Student Workbook -
http://www.ohioagriculture.gov/plnt/STUDY_MATERIAL/9%20Livestock%20Workbook.pdf
University of Kentucky Department of Entomology
http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef511. asp
 
More Horse Health Links

Face Flies and the Spread of Sarcoids

Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District

Tennessee Conservationist - Deer Flies

Eye Infections and Injuries in Horses

Flies Management Guidelines - University of California

Fly Control: Keeping Flies Under Control and Off Your Equine Friend


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