Fly Management With Flies
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.
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
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!
THIS the kind of life you want
to provide your horse?
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.
Please look through this website for more information. If you have
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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....
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
Ohio Pesticide Applicator Livestock Training – Student
University of Kentucky Department of Entomology
Horse Health Links
Flies and the Spread of Sarcoids
Mosquito and Vector Control District
Conservationist - Deer Flies
Infections and Injuries in Horses
Management Guidelines - University of California
Control: Keeping Flies Under Control and Off Your Equine Friend
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