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    08-29-2012, 06:42 PM
Originally Posted by xJumperx    
We have never had a single bot fly egg on a horse - could someone tell me if they are more uncommon in KY? What should I be watching out for, given something pops up?
little yellow specs on your horses leg/chest/neck sometimes in manes.
Literally are ugly yellow spots which are eggs on the horses
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    08-29-2012, 08:47 PM
I used to have them all the time. I have been really diligent about giving ivermectin in the winter time to every horse on the property while the bot flies are in the horse's stomach. This has eliminated the problem because there are no larva to hatch out into adult bots. This worked for me because my horses are the only horses in our immediate area. For it to work, all horses in a given area would need to be treated.
    08-29-2012, 11:08 PM
10W30 motor oil. Better yet dirty motor oil. Wipe it on the hair trying not to rub it in. Dirty looking yes but does the job. Also deters those heels flies that can start a stampede. If you don't mind red, you can also use oil for chainsaws. It's mainly sugar but has absolutely no appeal to anything as a treat. It's about $6 for 3 quarts. These oils will wash out with baby shampoo. We tried it as that's all we had that was mild enough for a horse.
    08-30-2012, 04:06 PM
I noticed them while grooming last night as well. I haven't seen them in YEARS, guess its time to find my bot knife.
    08-30-2012, 04:54 PM
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I think all the modern wormers must have had something to do with the numbers of Bot flies these days as I don't seem to have anything like as many
Covering the legs with anything oily/greasy stops the eggs from sticking so you can wipe them off easily - Baby Oil works as well as anything but don't forget the problem with these horrible things is when they get into the stomach not when they are stuck on the legs or elswhere. This happens when they get knocked off into the grass or when the horse scratches or licks at its legs with its teeth/tongue so worming with the right product after the last frosts is still the thing to do even if you are really vigilant about removing them
    08-30-2012, 07:51 PM
Motor oil? Chain oil? I think not.
    08-30-2012, 08:15 PM
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    08-30-2012, 08:21 PM
I use a blade for a construction knife to scrap them off -- CAREFULLY. There are also bot knives you can buy, but I figure it's still just a blade. Why buy something just because its name suits the job, when you can buy something cheaper and more versatile that will still do the job.
    08-30-2012, 09:25 PM
I've been using baby oil for the past few days now, seems to be reducing the number of eggs that I have to scrape off. Thinking that just some show sheen would work too, without the dirt attracting grease of the baby oil. Motor oil? I don't know if that's a great idea in case my horses get some in their mouths?

But whatever y'all do, don't look up botfly removal on YouTube, I have the creepy crawlies now! There all kinds of botfly larvae being removed from kittens and people and dogs, freaks me right out that I'm going to get a botfly under my skin!!! Ewwwwww
    08-30-2012, 10:03 PM
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While I haven't used "burnt" motor oil on horses it's long been used as a cure for mange on dogs.

I think most used, or "burnt" motor oil is high in sulfur and the few times I've used it on dogs it's worked well.

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