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Livestock Insect Control

Livestock insect control is a key element in good care of livestock. Many infectious diseases can be spread by insects, and reducing the presence of insects can not only make your livestock happier, it can keep your animals healthier as well. Livestock insect control can be achieved through many different forms. Some common forms are insecticides on animals, insecticides in barn areas, and non-insecticide insect traps.

Insecticides in powder form can be placed in dust bags that animals then walk under on a daily basis, for an easy application of insecticide directly on the livestock. Liquid insecticides can also be applied directly to the bodies of livestock, by mixing the insecticides with mineral oil and using the mixture to fill backrubbers that are placed near the livestock’s water or food areas. The animals rub against these backrubbers, effectively applying themselves with insecticide. Specially-made tags that are treated with insecticides designed to repel flies that commonly affect the face and head area of livestock can be very effective.

Livestock insect control inside barn areas begins with proper sanitation. The cleaner these areas are, the fewer flies will accumulate. Insecticides can take the form of residual sprays that linger on surfaces, or non-residual sprays that are sprayed in open spaces. Manure sprays and food additives, which treat the insect larvae in manure, as well as insect bait are also commonly used for livestock insect control within barn areas.