Insect Control

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How to Protect Your Horse from West Nile Virus Infection

August 26, 2016

Late summer is peak transmission season for West Nile, and equine case numbers are rising in many regions.... Read More

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Insect Bite Hypersensitivity in Horses

August 10, 2016

Do you have an itchy horse? We have help! Check out our special report on sweet itch.... Read More

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Zika Virus: Are Horses at Risk?

July 27, 2016

Zika virus recently made news for its reported link to human birth defects. But can this WNV relative affect horses?... Read More

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What is Vesicular Stomatitis, and How Can My Horse Catch It?

July 19, 2016

Dr. Paul Morley explains how insects, people, cattle, and direct and indirect contact can transmit VS.... Read More

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How to Be a Good Neighbor to Nonhorsey People

July 14, 2016

Alayne (Horses for Clean Water), Donna (PSU Extension), and Michelle (The Horse) discuss being good neighbors.... Read More

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Equine West Nile Threat Increases During Mosquito Season

July 13, 2016

Vaccination and proper management techniques can help offer horses protection from disease.... Read More

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2016 Fly Mask Mishap Contest: Editors' Picks

July 08, 2016

Readers submitted photos of their horses' worn, torn, and destroyed fly masks. Here are some of our favorites.... Read More

"'Winnie' always manages to get her ears out of the fly mask," said Kristen. 
Congratulations to "Winnie" and Kristen Mangold for being one of the top three winners in our contest.

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Winners Announced for TheHorse.com's Fly Mask Mishap Contest

July 08, 2016

TheHorse.com Facebook fans selected their favorite "Fly Mask Mishap" photos from the submitted entries. ... Read More

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Time for Kentuckians to Take Mosquito Protection Measures

June 24, 2016

UK entomologists have captured Asian tiger mosquitoes, a possible carrier for the Zika virus, in Central Kentucky.... Read More

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Enter The Horse's Fly Mask Mishap Contest

June 03, 2016

Submit your fly mask mishap story for a chance to be featured on TheHorse.com and be entered to win a prize pack! ... Read More

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I Think My Horse Has Lyme Disease: Now What?

May 31, 2016

Dr. Amy Johnson of Penn Vet's New Bolton Center offers advice on what to do if you suspect your horse has Lyme disease.... Read More

<em>Maps courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Tick photos courtesy of Mat Pound/USDA/Bugwood.org and Wikimedia Commons</em>

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Tick-Borne Disease: Tremendously Tricky

May 24, 2016

Learn the latest on diseases horses can get from ticks and why they continue to frustrate veterinarians and researchers.... Read More

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Natural Insect Control Options

May 13, 2016

Horses for Clean Water's Alayne Blickle offers advice on controlling flies and other bugs on horse properties.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Fly Masked-Marauders

May 03, 2016

Of the 661 respondents, 466 (70%) said their horses wear fly masks regularly during the spring and summer. ... Read More

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Flies and Bugs: Protect Your Horse

April 29, 2016

Mites, lice, flies, and mosquitoes can cause irritation to horses and carry dangerous diseases. ... Read More

Figure 1. Periodical cicada.

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Cicadas to Emerge Soon, Little Kentucky Impact Expected

April 24, 2016

Brood V of the 17-year periodical cicada, which is comprised of three separate species, is due to emerge this spring. ... Read More

As horse owners, we often wrongly believe we're destined to "put up" with flies and pests. But happily, there are many ways we can reduce their numbers with techniques that are less harsh and often in concert with the natural world around us. Here are a few tips for pest control that will help you reduce chemical use, enhance the environment around us, and improve your horse's health.

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Natural Horse Farm Insect (and Pest) Control

April 22, 2016

What eats 600 mosquitoes an hour? Find out and get more tips for protecting your horse from disease-spreading insects!... Read More

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Will a Fly Sheet Make My Horse Too Hot?

April 14, 2016

Liz in Kentucky is concerned a fly sheet will make her horse hot. Drs. Susan White and Ann Rashmir offer their thoughts.... Read More

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Is My Horse a Tick Magnet?

April 06, 2016

What might cause one horse to have many ticks on him while his pasturemate only has a few?... Read More

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Kentucky Mosquitoes' Impact on Horses

April 05, 2016

Learn which mosquitoes can transmit disease and how to manage populations on your farm.... Read More

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Allergic to Bug Bites: What is Sweet Itch?

April 05, 2016

Dr. Ann Rashmir reviews insect hypersensitivity, a condition so menacing it can even end horses' performance careers.... Read More

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Itchy Horses: Dealing With Seasonal Skin Issues

March 31, 2016

Equine skin issues can be difficult to manage. Find solutions for dealing with sweet itch, rain rot, and more!... Read More

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Study: Shelters Help Keep Flies at Bay

February 29, 2016

Researchers found providing a climate-appropriate shelter in the summer can provide horses with shade and insect relief.... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis: An Emerging Equine Disease

February 25, 2016

If you own horses in Colorado, you're probably familiar with VS. Elsewhere, you might get to know it soon enough.... Read More

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Feeding Horses on Stall Rest

January 11, 2016

Take steps to manage your horse's weight and behavior while he's cooped up. ... Read More