Insects on Farm Animals

  • Natural Horse Tick Prevention and Repellents [No More Horse Ticks!]

    Natural Horse Tick Prevention and Repellents [No More Horse Ticks!]

    There are about 825 species of tick in the world, and it feels as though all of them want to suck my horse’s blood. In areas like ours, where the winters aren’t cold enough to kill off these blood-sucking critters, constant vigilance is needed to manage tick populations and prevent tick-borne disease. As a result,…

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  • How to Keep Flies Off Horses Naturally + DIY Fly Repellent Recipe

    How to Keep Flies Off Horses Naturally + DIY Fly Repellent Recipe

    As the days lengthen and temperatures rise with the summer weather, oodles of critters emerge to pester ranchers and their horses. Some of the first pests your horses will notice – are flies. I don’t have to tell you that flies are irritating! They also carry diseases such as equine infectious anemia and anthrax. Fly…

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  • Do Chickens Eat Ticks or Will Ticks Eat Your Chickens?

    Do Chickens Eat Ticks or Will Ticks Eat Your Chickens?

    It’s impossible to have a homestead without a healthy population of bugs and other critters. While some of these bring untold benefits to your veggie garden, others bring nothing but trouble.  Ticks are among those bugs that bring few benefits to their hosts, whether two-legged or four. In addition to Lyme disease, there are another…

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  • 5 Farm Birds That Eat Ticks on Their Daily Farm Patrol

    5 Farm Birds That Eat Ticks on Their Daily Farm Patrol

    If we would make a list of the world’s most hated creatures, I guarantee that the tick would make it to the top 3.  These little bloodsuckers – about 700 hundred species of them – are not only pesky because they pierce our skin and suck our blood. They can also carry dangerous and debilitating…

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  • Best Way to Keep Flies Off Cattle – From Zebra Stripes to Pour-On

    Best Way to Keep Flies Off Cattle – From Zebra Stripes to Pour-On

    It’s a beautiful spring day but, rather than enjoying the fresh new grass, your cows are all swishing their tails and stamping their feet. Why? Because they’re surrounded by flies. Not only are flies annoying, but a heavy infestation can also cause all manner of unpleasant side effects for your bovine buddies. Biting flies not…

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  • 14 Plants That Repel Fleas and How to Use Them (Safe for Pets)

    14 Plants That Repel Fleas and How to Use Them (Safe for Pets)

    We’ll look into plants that repel fleas AND are safe for pets! Plus, they’ll smell great in your garden. We’ll also include a couple of ways to repel fleas that are not plants – diatomaceous earth and electronic flea combs. For those of us who enjoy bringing our pets with us when we go outside,…

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  • 8+ Bugs That Look Like Fleas! [Ticks, Bed Bugs, and Carpet Beetles!]

    8+ Bugs That Look Like Fleas! [Ticks, Bed Bugs, and Carpet Beetles!]

    Fleas are tiny, wingless insects and infamous bloodsuckers belonging to the order of true bugs (Hemiptera). There are around 2,500 species of fleas in the world. Terrifying. Isn’t it? Luckily, only a few species are significant for human and pet health. But, the woes do not end there. Plenty of insects and arachnids look like fleas and…

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