Summer Care: Flies

Each summer season brings problems associated with flies biting.

  • Not only are flies annoying, they can produce several disease problems.
  • Flies feed on and can infect/infest eye tissues causing irritation, excess tearing, conjunctivitis and sometimes larval infestations.
  • Flies seem to know the weak spots to bite. The site of the umbilicus and the hair whorl near the girth area on the midline are often raw and irritated. These sites are likely a significant risk for fly bite inoculation of Corynebacterium PsuedoTB. This organism resides in our soil and is responsible for a dangerous infection, commonly referred to as “Pigeon Fever”, “Dryland Distemper”, etc. External Lymph tissue sites are often overwhelmed and abscess a thick creamy pus. Sometimes multiple nodes are involved on the underline, chest or inguinal area ( sheath or mammary area). The most serious form involves internal nodes in the thorax or abdomen, and if not diagnosed soon enough and treated aggressively can prove to be fatal. So we need to be on this fly battle throughout this hottest time of the year.
  • Remove manure frequently and as far away as possible from your horses.
  • Fly predators are an effective way to interrupt the Stable fly life cycle, (they feed on the fly larvae before they hatch into those nasty biting buggers, and don’t bother horses) locally available from Spalding laboratories. Works best if your horses are an isolated population.
  • Use fly repellents around eyes and especially on the underline, most effective applied frequently, and in the A.M. to repel during the hours of greatest fly activity.
  • If you find raw spots/sores consult us for a specific treatment plan.
  • Fly masks (remove overnight).
  • Consult us for eyes with lids held partially closed or that have purulent discharge for a specific treatment plan or an appointment for examination.