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Property Pest Control

Disease-harboring mosquitoes and flies top most horse owners' list of bugs to beware of, but don't forget these other horse and barn-harming pests.

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Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees are inch-long, black and yellow insects that look like bumble bees, but their rear ends are black, shiny, and do not have the bumblebees' characteristic yellow hairs.

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Damage Caused by Carpenter Bees

Aggressive carpenter bees are one of many flying or crawling pest species that can cause extensive damage to wood barn structures.

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Paper Wasp

This paper wasp is guarding its nest. Native paper wasps like to build nests along barn, shed, and arena eaves, and ledges.

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European Paper Wasp

European paper wasps resemble yellow jackets.

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Brown Recluse Spider

Reduce brown recluse spider numbers around the barn and other areas by keeping the barn area clean. If you spot webs, knock them down carefully.

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Powderpost beetle

These pests are tiny (usually less than 1/4-inch in length) wood-eating beetles.

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Damage Caused by Powderpost Beetles

Tiny holes and sawdust piles are telltale signs of powderpost beetle activity.

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Damage to Wood Caused by Powderpost Beetles: Another Example

Powderpost beetles can cause damage in farm structures, from joists and flooring to posts and stall boards.

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Blister Beetle

Blister beetles are highly toxic to horses and can end up baled in alfalfa hay. When feeding alfalfa, look through each flake to ensure your horse is protected.

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Wood Damage Caused by Termites

Wood farm structures are termite targets.

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