Gear Up for Horse Fly Season!

It is never too early to gear up (and grit your teeth) for the next horse fly season.  Depending on where you live, you could start seeing horse flies as early as March.  No matter the month that the painful bites start, it is time to consider your horse fly control options!

The horse fly season begins when adult horse flies finish breeding and emerge from wet, swampy areas to find their way to your home, business, and favorite outdoor activities to wreak havoc on your family, customers, horses and other pets, trainers, etc.  This can be as early as next month – a couple of weeks away – for some of the warmer areas in the United States (usually further south as seen on the map above) and can last through August or even September, again depending on where you are located.

Adult horse flies can be seen emerging from damp areas such as ponds, riverbanks, swamps, fresh water and salt water marshes, moist forest soils, or soft decayed wood.  Depending on the species of horse flies, a life cycle can take one to three years and consist of six to thirteen stages of development.  Horse flies live only a few days as adults, but have no trouble in that short time span flying hundreds of miles to find a mate (in flight) and locate a blood source for the reproductive cycle to begin all over again.

For relief from the nuisance and pain of the horse fly bite, consider Bite-Lite’s H-Trap Professional Horse Fly Control System.  Not all flies that bite are horse flies!  Contact us to learn more about what flies are bothering you!

For best results in reducing a horse fly population, install your horse fly trap(s) just before the first adult horse flies emerge in your area.  Find a hot sunny area where nothing is nearby to compete with heat of the ball.  Such objects could include metal (roofs, water and feed troughs), plastic (pool toys and slides), dark colors especially blue (pool liners, buckets, pool covers), etc.