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post #1 of 16 Old 05-21-2015, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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how do I get rid of bot fly eggs?

Ugh they drive me crazy! All over my horses legs her mane I have tried all of my brushes not a one of them will get rid of them so any idea how to get rid of them?
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-21-2015, 12:30 AM
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There's a special tool called a "bot knife". Get one ASAP.
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post #3 of 16 Old 05-21-2015, 12:35 AM
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I use a pocket knife -- angle the blade and scrape them off using a downward motion. This doesn't require much effort plus its quick if you keep the blade sharp.
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post #4 of 16 Old 05-21-2015, 02:57 PM
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You can shave her legs using clippers (size 10 blade) should do it You can also use a disposable razor gently drag downward in short strokes.
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post #5 of 16 Old 05-21-2015, 02:59 PM
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I have a bot knife for this. Probably cost less than 3 from my local tack shop. Worth while investment to stop the beggars burying into your horses skin...
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post #6 of 16 Old 05-21-2015, 04:20 PM
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I use a bot knife.

A good trick to make removal easier is to put warm water on the eggs for. Few seconds.

Warm water tricks the eggs into thinking the horse is licking and they will release themselves easier from the hairs. That is why they don't wash off with rain, rain is cold

Also, allow me to make your bot day even better lollol.

There is such a thing as Throat Bot flies. They lay eggs in the jowel area and those little soandso's are able to self-migrate into the horse's mouth

You just about have to pull the jowel hair backward, pretty tight, to see them and they are even worse to get off the horse. I smother them and their travel path with any kind of ointment. Hemherroid ointment, antibiotic ointment, any ointment safe for a horse. I also keep all that jowel hair shaved close to the skin so I can find them easier.

I don't shave feeler whiskers, just the hair where the eggs can "hide in plain sight"

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post #7 of 16 Old 05-28-2015, 07:31 AM
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Lava stone, the type used for cleaning grills. A restaurant may be willing to sell you one. It will last forever if used only on the horse.

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Those and Mango worms give me the squiggs
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post #9 of 16 Old 05-28-2015, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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What are mango worms?
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post #10 of 16 Old 05-28-2015, 12:51 PM
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I second the suggestion of the lava stone. Blackish rectangular thing. You can also find them in the cleaning items department of many stores...some farm supplies, maybe WalMart, Lowes, etc.
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