Bot Flies. Clipping Legs?

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    09-08-2012, 04:53 PM
Bot Flies. Clipping Legs?

So the bot flies are here =( I noticed them yesterday. Sprayed my boys legs with rubbing alchohol and then baby oil and spent like 20 mins scraping what I could off the sticky little boogers. Then I had a briliant clip his legs so wouldn't stick as bad. But since winters coming along would his legs get too cold? He's on "pasture"(dry lot) with a large 3 walled covered area.
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    09-11-2012, 03:04 AM
How bad are the bots?
Have you tried a bot knife? I scrape with a bot knife to get most of the eggs off, then just pick the stragglers off with my fingernails. Seems to do the job just fine.
    09-11-2012, 03:15 AM
I agree with the bot knife suggestion. They are relatively cheap and work effectively, taking only a minute or two to remove all of the eggs.I just don't think shaving your horse's legs will help, unless you removed all the hair... but then that would be a little funny looking, don't you think? ;)
    09-11-2012, 09:39 AM
Green Broke
I also agree with bot knife and fingernails - lol lol

However, I have learned that not all bot knives are created equal

The ones I have found to work the best come from Tractor Supply.

And just an FYI to folks new to bot knives --- they are one sided

This is a good thread to remind folks about nose and throat bot flies. Those evil little things migrate on their own into the horse's mouth.

I do keep that jowel hair shaved pretty close so I can see them but I can get away with that, living in TN close to the AL border. We have a lot of warmth much later into the year.

Sometimes I can't get them off so I smother them in whatever ointment I happen to have handy. It can be hemerhoid ointment, antiobiotic - just anything that will smother them and prevent them from moving, if you can't get them off.
    09-11-2012, 10:50 AM
The way the bot eggs wind up in the horse's mouth is the female bot bites the horse as she desposits her eggs. He reached down to grab her and bingo, he's taken in eggs. This is why I use engine oil. The bot's will not lay eggs in it. Bot's don't lay on the back legs, or the horse's back, just where it's mouth can reach.
    09-11-2012, 11:00 AM
This is not quite true
The female deposits the eggs where the horse can reach(legs) or where they groom each other) mane. They are slightly itchy which makes the horse bite at them. Saliva, being moist and warm, makes them hatch and they embed themselves in the mucous membrane in the mouth, where they develop a bit further. After about a week they emerge and being swallowed by the horse. Then they attach to the stomach lining until spring.
This is why some horses even go off feed for about a week. In spring you can find the bright red larvae in the poop, if the horse hasn't been wormed.

Either get a bot knife and scrape them off daily or you can use some warm water which makes them hatch while still on the legs, but obviously can't do damage.
Clipping the legs won't work, since they will stick anyway.
    09-11-2012, 12:09 PM
The flys are back in force here too.. all types
    09-11-2012, 03:46 PM
I decided against shaving his legs lol they baby oil got them off and I haven't seen em since.

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