How To Get Rid of Horseflies & Protect Your Summer Picnics

Horseflies are one of the most annoying pests that you can encounter while spending time outdoors. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide that you exhale and the movement of your body, which makes them difficult to avoid. If you are looking for ways to get rid of horseflies, there are a few things that you can do. Horsefly and insect control are one of the most popular summer issues we hear about at A1 Exterminators.

One option is to purchase a horsefly trap, which uses bait to lure the horseflies into a container where they will be trapped. Another option is to use a horsefly spray, which will kill the horseflies on contact. You can also take steps to prevent horseflies from being attracted to you in the first place by wearing light-colored clothing and using

In this blog, you’ll learn:

  • Why horseflies keep coming back
  • How horseflies bite & what you may experience if you encounter one
  • How A1 Exterminators can help you get rid of insects & horseflies

Why Do They Keep Coming Back?

Horseflies love barbecues - Old man and grand daughter preparing steak with family in the background

As you enjoy your picnic outdoors, you may notice horseflies buzzing around you. While their large size and loud buzz can be annoying, you may be wondering why they are attracted to you. Horseflies are attracted to your picnic because they are attracted to the carbon dioxide that you and your food give off. They are also attracted to the heat that your body emits, which is why they are more likely to bite you than other insects.

Horseflies are attracted to:

  • Damp areas
  • Hot weather
  • Pastureland
  • Creeks (during the summer)

How a Horsefly Bites

Horseflies bite and cut the skin with the help of their mandible-like, serrated scimitars (a convex shaped point). They slice off the top layer of the flesh, which feels like needles pricking in to the skin, and then lick the blood. Therefore, their bites are very painful to the victim. A horsefly bite can be, at times, more irritating than a bee sting.

  • Symptoms of Horsefly Bites
  •  When a horsefly bites, a red lump develops immediately on the skin. The release of histamine from the tissues surrounding the area of the bite causes an itchy and inflamed bump.
  •  A horsefly bite can cause allergies such as skin rashes, wheezing and hives.
  •  It can lead to itchy, pink or red swelling around the lips and eyes as well as weakness and dizziness.
  •  If you notice redness and pus formation, and feel extreme pain in the area of the bite; there are chances of infection. In such a situation, you need to seek medical attention immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

Are Horsefly bites dangerous to your health?

In many cases, housefly infestations are often just a nuisance. However, houseflies can also carry viruses and bacteria that can spread when they bite. Diseases house flies might carry include:

  • food poisoning
  • cholera
  • coli
  • typhoid fever
  • dysentery
  • tuberculosis
  • eye infections
  • tropical infection called yaws

How do you identify horseflies in your home or backyard?

Horseflies are large, dark-colored flies that are attracted to the movement and heat of mammals. They are often seen near horse stables and fields, hence their name. These flies are capable of biting and can be a nuisance to both humans and animals.

How Will A1 Exterminators Help Me Get Rid of Horseflies? 

A1 Exterminators Insect Control 

Stinging insects like horseflies, bees, and wasps are dangerous to your health and can cause severe anxiety and destroy even the most perfectly planned backyard barbecue. Don’t worry though. A1 Exterminators can help! If a bee, hornet or wasp sets up a nest or hive in your yard where your children play, or near an outdoor eating area where employees eat their lunch, it can be dangerous. Many people are allergic to these stinging insects and it can turn into an emergency. Pesky bees and wasps nests are best to be handled by the professionals who are trained to do so in a contained manner, without making the bees aggressive.

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