Could Catnip or Chrysanthemum Bring Cows Relief From Biting Flies?

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By Meredith Swett Walker We generally don’t associate cows with pleasant aromas, but in the future you may catch a whiff of mint, lemongrass, or chrysanthemum when visiting a barn or feedlot. It turns out that extracts and oils from these and other plants show promise as repellents and insecticides for use on cows. In […]

After 13 Years and 1.7 Million Flies Caught, a Model for Predicting Stable Fly Populations

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Think for a moment about the date May 15, 2003. Any idea what you were doing that day? (It was a Thursday.) And can you think of anything that you’ve done a couple times a week, every week, in the nearly 14 years since? David Taylor, Ph.D., and a team of colleagues and students have […]

Open-access Article Offers Horse Owners Advice on How to Control Flies with Parasitoid Wasps

By Leslie Mertz Horses need help when it comes to insect pests, particularly the house flies and stable flies that can be a near-constant source of annoyance and even disease. Unfortunately, horse farm managers and horse owners are in the dark about how best to tackle the issue because the research just hasn’t been done, […]