Insect Control

<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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

Zika Virus: Are Horses at Risk?

February 16, 2016

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

Article

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

Article

Researcher-Tested Fly Control Methods Revealed

November 06, 2015

Scientists determined that mosquito netting and large fans could be the best defense against flying insects.... Read More

Article

Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis Update

October 07, 2015

With a mortality rate of 90% in horses, EEE is a serious mosquito-borne disease. ... Read More

Article

Getah Virus: Significance as an Equine Pathogen

October 07, 2015

A 2014 outbreak at a Japanese racing stable re-awakened awareness of Getah virus and its threat to horses. ... Read More

Article

Wet Weather Leads to Thriving Mosquito Populations

August 20, 2015

Rain can result in an abundance of mosquitoes, which can transmit serious diseases to your horse.... Read More

Article

Deltamethrin for Culicoides, AHS Control Studied

August 01, 2015

Researchers found that the insecticide deltamethrin did not appear to prevent midges from feeding on horses.... Read More

Article

Nine Tips on Keeping Your Horse Safe from Pests

July 31, 2015

From vaccinating against disease to storing feed properly, learn how to protect your horses from pests.... Read More

Article

Evicting Carpenter Bees

July 27, 2015

What is the best way to get rid of carpenter bees without harming my horse? ... Read More

Article

It's Not Too Late to Vaccinate Horses Against EEE, WNV

July 21, 2015

There's still time to take steps to protect your horse from these two potentially deadly mosquito-borne diseases.... Read More

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Horse Owners Should Take Precautions Against EEE, WNV

July 01, 2015

Vaccinating, eliminating standing water, and stalling horses can reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease.... Read More

Commentary

How Do I Train My Horse to Accept Fly Spray?

June 11, 2015

Dr. Nancy Diehl shares her thoughts on using clicker training to help a horse get used to having fly spray applied.... Read More