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post #1 of 4 Old 09-07-2012, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Botflies :(

I found bot fly eggs on my mares legs tonight when I was grooming her, or at least I'm assuming they were (I've never seen them before). They were tiny little yellow dots that wouldn't come off with a brush. She was trying to itch her legs a lot too. I scraped off the eggs with a pumice stone, and unfortunatly it made her bleed. I put wound dust on and an extra layer of fly spray and put her back in the field.

Is there a better way to get the eggs off? Is there any way to prevent the bot flies? What does a bot fly look like? What happens if I don't get the eggs off, or if I leave one behind?

I live in Maryland and I didn't even know that we had them. No one talks about them! I have a grey gelding and I've never seen them on him before (not that I've looked).
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-07-2012, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Ashsunnyeventer View Post

Is there a better way to get the eggs off?
You can get a bot fly knife, like this one.

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What does a bot fly look like?
They look like this.

As for the other questions I'm not sure because like you I have never had them around.
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I've used the shedding blocks with some success, but the knife works better.

If you leave the eggs, the horse can ingest them by licking. The eggs hatch, and the horse has a bot larvae infestation. That's why you will see some dewormers mention bot larvae.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-07-2012, 09:29 PM
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I've always used a butter knife. It works great, and you don't have to worry about cutting the horse. We have tons of botflies here, and check the legs every day for eggs. Their bites are nasty and swell up half your arm, if your horse eats the eggs they can hatch in their stomachs, and the eggs can also hatch on the body and burrow into the flesh (which is uncommon, but I've seen it happen). Nasty nasty nasty little buggers!! I hate them! Oh, and their absolutely HUGE in case anyone has never seen one.
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