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STABLE FLY

Stable Fly biology, identification, image, control tips and products for eliminating stable flies.
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Stable Fly Biology and Identification

The Stable Fly is a medium (about 1/4 inch long) which can easily be mistaken for a house fly.  The house fly has a sponging mouth part (for ingesting liquids) while the stable fly has a piercing sucking mouth which is designed for piercing the skin of animals and sucking blood.

The stable fly life cycle: egg, larvae, pupae and adult.  The eggs hatch within three days of being laid and the larvae burrow into the breeding material where they will feed.  The larvae grow for 1 to 4 weeks before pupating.  Adult Stable Flies emerge from their pupa in 1 to 3 weeks.  The entire life cycle can vary from 3 weeks to several months.  Contributing conditions include sustained moisture and temperature.

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Stable Fly Image

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Inspecting for Stable Flies

Stable flies can be found breeding in the following materials:

Seaweed*

Manure* Decaying Grass/Hay/Straw

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Eliminating Stable Flies

As with all flies, eliminating the breeding material will stop the breeding of that fly.  This will be next to impossible (in many cases) with Stable Flies.  Proper, ongoing sanitation in horse barns can help eliminate Stable Flies or at least greatly reduce the population.

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Summary of Stable Fly Elimination
  1. Eliminate or reduce the material in which the Stable Fly breeds, especially horse manure or chicken manure that has contaminated hay or straw.
  2. Eliminate all possible entry points to ensure that no flying pests invade your home.

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