"The weed also creates an ideal habitat for cattle fever ticks and makes it more difficult for inspectors to detect tick-infested cattle and deer," says John Goolsby, an entomologist with the ARS Tick and Biting Fly
Research Unit in Edinburg, Texas.
The Trust labelled 2014 the "year of the biting fly
", with horseflies and mosquitoes benefiting from the warm and often wet summer, while slugs, swallows and house martins, and frogs and toads all did well.
The mosquito genus Aedes, renowned for its irritating bite, includes among its species tormentor and excrucians; there is a Canadian biting fly
that goes under the name Chrysops cursim.
The tsetse fly of the genus Glossina is a large, brown biting fly
that serves as a vector for the trypanosomes.
One effective method is the Epps Biting Fly
Trap[TM], invented by a cattleman (Alan Epps) in Oklahoma and now marketed by Mark and Virginia Bonacquista (Horseline Products) in Henderson, Tennessee.
Tularemia: geographic distribution of "deerfly fever" and the biting fly
, Chrysops discalis Williston.
I'd love to shoot every form of biting fly
there is, but they only present themselves when on warm flesh, and none of my friends will hold still enough for a shot.