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Fly attack

Postby reeler » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:21 am

My cows & horses are getting attacked by vicious flies. I'd describe them as a minature version of a horsefly, almost an inch long.They are especially going for the underbelly,biting the udder & teats, drawing blood. I bought pour-on insecticide from vet &applied, & started fly mineral. Any other suggestions to deter/eliminate flies would be appreciated. :help:
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Re: Fly attack

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:27 am

Inch long??? That is almost as big as a horsefly. Nothing like that here in Kentucky that comes to mind.

Hornfles are out in force but Ultra Boss is what I use. I did not see a single fly on mine yesterday. I would like to hear what you got that is that big.

I am guessing. But a little early for deerflies. They are in same family as the horsefly.
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Re: Fly attack

Postby reeler » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:34 am

Bright Raven wrote:Inch long??? That is almost as big as a horsefly. Nothing like that here in Kentucky that comes to mind.

Hornfles are out in force but Ultra Boss is what I use. I did not see a single fly on mine yesterday. I would like to hear what you got that is that big.

I am guessing. But a little early for deerflies. They are in same family as the horsefly.

Yes, just shy of an inch, (I edited the post.) They are like a miniature version of a horsefly.
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Re: Fly attack

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:20 am

reeler wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:Inch long??? That is almost as big as a horsefly. Nothing like that here in Kentucky that comes to mind.

Hornfles are out in force but Ultra Boss is what I use. I did not see a single fly on mine yesterday. I would like to hear what you got that is that big.

I am guessing. But a little early for deerflies. They are in same family as the horsefly.

Yes, just shy of an inch, (I edited the post.) They are like a miniature version of a horsefly.


Sounds like a deerfly. They are later coming out here. They are very difficult to control.
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Re: Fly attack

Postby talltimber » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:49 am

They were out here last week bad. Mean little bastards.
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Re: Fly attack

Postby Txpiney » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:16 am

Put some pyrethrum in a pump up sprayer and spray their legs and under sides
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Re: Fly attack

Postby Nesikep » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:38 am

My problem here is a TINY little fly that bites like the dickens, and they come out in masses, also usually on the belly and udder. I use Absorbine UltraShield and it works alright, but some cows hate the spritz
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Re: Fly attack

Postby Nesikep » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:38 am

Post a picture of those flies!
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Re: Fly attack

Postby reeler » Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:46 pm

Nesikep wrote:Post a picture of those flies!

I don't know how to post a picture, but they look like deer flies, as Bright Raven said.
They are brutal.
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Re: Fly attack

Postby Caustic Burno » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:44 pm

reeler wrote:My cows & horses are getting attacked by vicious flies. I'd describe them as a minature version of a horsefly, almost an inch long.They are especially going for the underbelly,biting the udder & teats, drawing blood. I bought pour-on insecticide from vet &applied, & started fly mineral. Any other suggestions to deter/eliminate flies would be appreciated. :help:

Flies are horrible this year here after our three day winter I treated the first time in February, noticed yesterday it is wearing off.
Deer flies are the worst I have ever seen .
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Re: Fly attack

Postby angus9259 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:23 pm

Snow sucks, but there's not a fly around here for the next 30 days I'll bet.... no skeeters either!
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Re: Fly attack

Postby reeler » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:51 am

Caustic Burno wrote:Flies are horrible this year here after our three day winter I treated the first time in February, noticed yesterday it is wearing off.
Deer flies are the worst I have ever seen .

Thank you CB for confirming it's the worst you've ever seen. Sorry these menaces are in TX too.I'm working on a homemade trap, using 'tangle trap sticky coating'. Hopefully it will help eliminate some of them-Gotta do something!
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Re: Fly attack

Postby reeler » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:53 am

Txpiney wrote:Put some pyrethrum in a pump up sprayer and spray their legs and under sides

Thanks, the pour-on doesn't seem to phase them.
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Re: Fly attack

Postby Txpiney » Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:11 am

reeler wrote:
Txpiney wrote:Put some pyrethrum in a pump up sprayer and spray their legs and under sides


Thanks, the pour-on doesn't seem to phase them.
Welcome. When flies are really bad , I'll run them through the chute and do a pour on down their back and a spray on the legs and under sides.
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Re: Fly attack

Postby Caustic Burno » Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:27 am

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Txpiney wrote:Put some pyrethrum in a pump up sprayer and spray their legs and under sides

Thanks, the pour-on doesn't seem to phase them.

You can't use the same insecticide pour year after year they become immune.
You have to use a multiple prong approach on fly management from rubs,IGR, sprays or pour on.
The type of fly your fighting is important as well, house,horn or heel knowing their breeding cycle, environment they prefer to fight the battle. You can spend a ton on chemicals that are not particularly effective on the enemy.
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