Breaking the botfly cycle

Late summer and fall is the time of year when botflies start laying eggs on your horse’s legs. On first glance, the eggs appear as very small clusters of weed seeds or very small grains of rice.Because the eggs feel itchy, your horse will rub its face on its legs. Within five days the eggs hatch into maggots that move into the teeth and gums.

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Win the war of the flies this summer by starting now.

The mild weather and rains of spring are a welcome sign that winter has ended, but unfortunately it is the ideal time for flying insect breeding.  This time of year, many stables are starting to get hit by flies, but action taken now, using an integrated pest management (IPM) approach, can avoid a crisis situation later.

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