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post #1 of 9 Old 04-05-2011, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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Botflies

I wasn't sure whether this should be here or in the health section. I have heard of and read a bit about but never actually seen in person before botflies. From what I know you are meant to kind of scrap the eggs off. I think I found some eggs on Apaches legs this afternoon. I could be wrong though as I have never really seen them before. I think if I remember correctly you try to prevent them by worming and using fly spray stuff. Sorry for any ignorance. I was just looking for tips owith them. Thanks

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-05-2011, 06:33 AM
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They are little yellow eggs. yes you scrape them off with a bot knife. but be carful not to cut them

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post #3 of 9 Old 04-05-2011, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks I just realised I dont have one. Looks like I will have to buy one.

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post #4 of 9 Old 04-05-2011, 06:39 AM
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Also you know them things that get dry skin off humans heels? They work well as well.

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post #5 of 9 Old 04-05-2011, 08:58 AM
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If your familiar with any of the Avon products the Skin So Soft bath oil is really very effective in making those bot eggs slide right off along with using a bot knife.
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-06-2011, 01:49 PM
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They are little yellowish white spots on the legs. Don't have to buy a specified bot egg knife. i home butter knife works just as well and is pretty much the exact same thing.

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post #7 of 9 Old 04-06-2011, 02:07 PM
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We worm our horses with Ivermectin in March and November (Bot season in Fl), and we never have bot eggs on our horses. Where other horses in this area do.

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post #8 of 9 Old 04-07-2011, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I got them off yesterday afternoon. I do regulary worm my horses and put a sort of horsey insect repellent on them. I have never had a problem with them before, that is just all I could put the little yellow spots down to when I saw them.

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But I will always love you Jimmy R.I.P
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-11-2011, 10:54 AM
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Yea, they are particularly rampant in aus this year.
Our local horse shop said they have never had to order in so many bot knives - all the staff are having issues with them too as they just seem to be swarming in.

We've been keeping them off with daily running over with the bot knife, but they ARE being a bigger pest than I have EVER remembered!
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