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Two Species of Ticks Active During Kentucky Winters

Black-legged Tick In recent years, the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) (Figure 1) has become increasingly more common in Kentucky and now occurs throughout the state (Figure 2). Adults are active from November through March, whenever the temperature is above freezing.

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Fly Strike or Wound Maggots

Blow flies are blue-black to green scavenger flies that are common across Kentucky.  Females are attracted to carcasses, manure, or decaying organic matter.  Some species will lay eggs on the unhealed umbilical wound or accumulated manure around the anus of

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Horse Flies and Deer Flies – Can They Be Controlled?

Female horse flies and deer flies slash skin with blade-like mouthparts to create small pools of blood from which they feed. Both groups of these closely related flies can be serious pests of cattle, horses, and humans. Horse flies range

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Late Summer Cattle Fly Check Can Catch Control Breakdown

Horn fly and face fly numbers will continue to build for a few weeks, which will put pressure on control programs. It is a good time to evaluate the pasture fly situation in your herd; check during the early afternoon

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Managing Ticks in Pastures

American dog ticks (Figure 1) and lone star ticks spend most of their lives on the ground digesting a blood meal, molting to the next developmental stage, or waiting for a host. Cattle and horses pick up hungry ticks as

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Mealworms and Darkling Beetles In Hay

Mealworms (Figure 1) are wireworm-like larvae of darkling beetles (Figure 2). Adults and larvae feed on cracked grain kernels, fines, and processed feeds (Figure 3). They are occasional pests around feed rooms and in stored hay but can be significant

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The Oil Beetle – One of Kentucky’s Blister Beetles

Oil beetles belong to the blister beetle family; however, their small, flexible wing stubs give them a very different appearance compared to typical beetles. These large, slow-moving insects should be ideal prey for birds and small mammals, but they contain

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