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Deer Fly & Anthrax

Fly Control | August 28, 2018

Deer Fly & Anthrax

Deer fly and horse fly are monsters of summer. These are biting flies and they excel at making summer a miserable time. Deer fly emerge in the last spring and the females begin to search for warm-blooded creatures on which to obtain a meal of blood. Like many other species of flies, deer fly and horse fly are very capable of spreading disease and one of the diseases that they can spread is anthrax.

The Bit Of The Biting Fly

These flies have specialized mouth parts that they jab into you or your livestock. The hard, sharp, and pointy parts enter the flesh, sever blood vessels, and cause you to bleed profusely. It is that process which enables bacteria, protozoa, and virus to transfer first from the prey to the fly and then from the fly to its next victim.

The Spread Of Anthrax

Anthrax is a naturally occurring pathogen of grazing animals. The disease is caused by a bacterium that grazing animals acquire through wounds such as those inflicted by biting flier or in accidents that result in an open wound. Grazing animals, such as bison wallow in the dust to help control flies and other insects. If they have an open wound and wallow, they can pick up anthrax in the dust.

If a biting fly should bite and feed on the blood of a grazing animal that has anthrax, they can spread the disease to their next target including to humans.

Learn more about how to reduce the spread of disease caused by flies by reaching out to our team of professionals. We can help you control insects and other pests that spread diseases such as Lyme’s Disease, Lupus, and even anthrax. Flies are one of the orders of insects that spread the most disease. Learn more about fly control for your home and business by talking with our professionals.

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