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    05-03-2010, 09:56 PM
Tiny bugs sucking blood off my horse!

So I go to brush my boys belly today and I see ALL around the skin of his sheath and legs are little crusty dried blood spots and some still fresh blood. Then I see this tiny little bug. Im like EW. Then I see if I can try and take it off and it comes right off and automaticlly pops and its FILLED with blood. It looked like tiny fruit fly with wings but the more blood it drank the bigger the but. It wanst a tick.

It was only around its skin revealed areas. One or Two in the ears. Mostly around the sheath. And inner legs close to the sheath. Some of the other horses had them too. Mares and geldings same spots. Crotch and ears.

What are they? What can we do?
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    05-03-2010, 10:01 PM
Green Broke
Omg! I found those on my mare!! Around her belly area too! Except there wasnt any blood, only the bugs were filled with it.
    05-03-2010, 10:06 PM
Yeah. Theyre so gross to peel off.
    05-03-2010, 10:11 PM
I believe they are called biting midges or "no-see-ums"
Whenever I see them I just rub them off and usually I don't have much of a problem. I just put a little bit of antibiotic cream on any bleeding areas and put fly spray over the top. This seems to help.
    05-04-2010, 05:16 PM
I think theyre called Biting Gnats !
    05-04-2010, 05:27 PM
Sounds like gnats to me.
    05-04-2010, 06:03 PM
I dunno but they bit me too. And left huge welts/made me bleed.
    05-06-2010, 03:37 AM
Gnats or midges.

I use Avon Skin so soft on my horses delicate parts- sheaths, udders, ears and noses. It works awesome.

I have very few bug problems on our farm because we have a large population of chickens and guinea fowl that snap them up like candy. =)
    05-06-2010, 05:31 PM
Thanks for the tips!
    05-06-2010, 05:33 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by draftrider    
Gnats or midges.

I use Avon Skin so soft on my horses delicate parts- sheaths, udders, ears and noses. It works awesome.

I have very few bug problems on our farm because we have a large population of chickens and guinea fowl that snap them up like candy. =)
Gotta love the birds! I have been campaigning for chickens for some time now and think I finally found the way to convince my husband - TICKS! He absolutely HATES them (I do too, but he is fanatical about it). He has just returned home after being gone for 2 1/2 years and in just three weeks has complained about them almost every day --- I see chickens in our future

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