Ambush nasty flies with fast feed-through program

Are you tired of looking into the crystal ball to predict when fly season will start? Did you already miss that magic 30-day window to start a feed-through to protect your pastured cattle from damaging horn and face flies? A … Read More

Tips to prevent late-season fly control breakdowns

Horn and face fly numbers can continue to build throughout the summer, which will put pressure on your control programs. Now is a good time to evaluate the pasture fly situation in your herd. Check during the early afternoon on … Read More

The two most impactful flies and how to treat them

With summer upon us, so are the problems associated with fly infestations of cattle. Economic losses occur because flies torment cattle, sucking blood from the animals and spreading diseases such as pinkeye. However, effective control measures can keep fly populations … Read More

What to do for cattle with horn flies

The goal of horn fly-management programs is to reduce the numbers of feeding adults on the animals and manage pastures to minimize larval survival. Because horn flies only lay their eggs in freshly dropped, individual dung pats, cultural manure-management practices … Read More

Fight face flies that carry pinkeye bacteria

The economic injury level of face flies, a common pest of pastured cattle, is only 10 insects per animal. However, when face flies (Musca autumnalis) are carrying the bacterium that causes pinkeye, as is the case this season in several … Read More

Managing face (and horn) flies

The face fly, Musca autumnalis, is a robust fly that superficially resembles the house fly. It is a nonbiting fly that feeds on animal secretions, nectar and dung liquids. Adult female face flies (the most damaging of the two sexes) typically … Read More

Take defense against spring pests

  Spring green up is around the corner, and the warmer temperatures will bring unwelcomeguests—flies and pests—to the farm and ranch.   Sanitation and prevention are the primary keys to managing pest problems in livestock and equine operations. Horn flies … Read More

Challenging year for face and horn flies

Are you — or should we say your cattle — having “a devil of a time” with face and horn flies this year? If yes, you’re not alone. If no, feel lucky and keep doing what you’re doing. “Populations of … Read More

House flies minor annoyance, but major disease carrier

Although house flies may be of only minor direct annoyance to cattle and other animals, their potential for transmitting diseases and parasites is considerable. Severe house fly infestations may increase bacterial counts in milk, and state inspectors routinely note fly … Read More

Fly Control in Dairies

House fly and stable fly maggots develop in moist, spilled feed, and bedding or organic matter mixed with manure, in and around dairy barns. A successful control program is based on effective sanitation and manure management supplemented with timely applications … Read More