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    09-14-2010, 06:21 PM
Green Broke
Bot fly eggs

I was looking at my mare yesterday and I noticed she has Bot fly eggs on her leg/shoulder area.
What are they (Dangerous?) and how do I get rid of them?
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    09-14-2010, 06:27 PM
They're a worm source if she ingests them.

Slick N' Easy, bot knife.. those are good grooming tools to get them off.
    09-14-2010, 06:35 PM
[QUOTE=vivache;749103]They're a worm source if she ingests them.QUOTE]

I believe their bot fly eggs and when she scratches or licks the area she can ingest them and get worms.

You can get rid of them by picking them off, using the knife vivanche suggested, and you can use warm water and a rag (soaking the eggs off).

I actually bought a knife today (there was no brand on the knife)and it worked wonderfully. I've been picking them off but that takes forever, and the warm rag took longer. But whatever works for you.
    09-14-2010, 08:16 PM
One of those razors they use for horses that don't clip will work, too. Less chance of slipping and nicking their leg.
    09-14-2010, 08:31 PM
I have always just used my pocket knife. Though there is a real risk of cutting something if the horse moves wrong. I would suggest buying a bot knife, that is easiest and safest.
    09-14-2010, 08:45 PM
Vet told me to use ivermec for bot eggs...
    09-14-2010, 08:48 PM
Ivermectin is for killing the worms once the eggs are ingested and mature. It is best to scrape the eggs off and always make sure to deworm with an ivermectin product in the fall. See the AAEP guidelines for more information on deworming.
    09-14-2010, 09:38 PM
Originally Posted by tealamutt    
ivermectin is for killing the worms once the eggs are ingested and mature. It is best to scrape the eggs off and always make sure to deworm with an ivermectin product in the fall. See the AAEP guidelines for more information on deworming.
Just telling you what my vet told me.
    09-14-2010, 09:55 PM
Originally Posted by WickedNag    
Just telling you what my vet told me.
just got off the phone with vet and old classmate. You are right. Ivermec will kill the bots not the eggs. Told me to use it after the first frost Thanks for the info! I better listen closer to Bill next time he tells me something.
    09-15-2010, 12:16 AM
Lol, no problem. I'm a veterinary student and I just had an exam on that stuff so it was fresh in my head!!

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