Stable Flies: How to Control Them. Page: 1
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HOW TO CONTROL THEM
When farm animals are attacked by
stable flies, they stamp, run, stand in
water, bunch up, and in other ways try
to escape from the torment of the flies'
The animals lose blood--and they
are fighting flies when they should be
The stable fly also annoys man.
Along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, the
pest frequently becomes extremely annoying
to people as well as to livestock.
On beaches and in picnic areas, attacks
by these flies often become unendurable;
people take cover or leave.
Stable flies are found in all parts of
the United States, and are especially
numerous in the Central and Southeastern
States and in irrigated sections
and some coastal areas.
Animals most commonly attacked
are mules, horses, cattle, hogs, dogs,
cats, sheep, and goats. In some parts
of the country stable flies are known as
dog flies; they attack dogs viciously,
particularly around the ears.
The scientific name of the stable fly
is Stomoxys calcitrans.
WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE
The stable fly is grayish to black
with four dark lines on the thorax and
several dark spots on the abdomen. It
looks much like the house fly, but has
mouth parts that enable it to pierce the
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 0 Leaflet No. 338
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United States. Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine. Division of Insects Affecting Man and Animals. Stable Flies: How to Control Them., book, May 1953; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1556/m1/1/: accessed October 6, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.