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Biting Flies and Horses

Chronic summer dermatitis and “sweet itch” are terms for recurring allergic skin reactions that horses may experience from late summer into early fall, the typical fly season. Bites of small gnats (ceratopogonids, no-see-ums, Culicoides species), horse flies, stable flies, and

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Insecticide-Impregnated Cattle Ear Tags

Cattle receiving insecticide-impregnated ear tags take their fly control system with them. Ear tags have provided a popular option to control the horn fly, a blood-sucking insect that hits producers with a $1 billion bill for losses and control costs

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Feed-Thru (Oral Larvicide) Insecticides for Pasture Fly Control

Eliminating or treating a pest’s breeding site is often right at the top of the list of pest management options. It can work if the breeding site is very specific – like freshly deposited cow manure, the egg-laying site of

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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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