Appearance: The Stable fly is dark in color and has a distinguishable proboscis that points off from the front of its’ head. It is with this protruding proboscis that the Stable fly will puncture the skin of its’ prey, in order to obtain the blood that they need for food. They are approximately ¼” in length.
Location and Behavior Patterns: Stable flies are very persistent in their search for food. They can be found throughout the state of Florida, and are especially noticeable around barns, stables, pastures, and anywhere else that livestock is present. They feed off of livestock, but will also bite humans, too, and their bite can be quite painful.
Although the Stable fly can be spotted all throughout the day, they are most active in the early morning and in the early evening, when the outdoor temperatures are cooler.
Treatment: Stable flies do not usually cause too much trouble for humans, although their bites can sometimes lead to an allergic reaction, and they are quite a nuisance. They can, however, be a big problem for livestock, as an overabundance of them can lead to a decrease in milk production. A pest professional can provide fly traps or use insecticides that will help to manage the population of Stable flies around your property.
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