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Fight face flies that carry pinkeye bacteria

  The economic injury level of face flies, a common pest of pastured cattle, is only 10 insects per animal. However, when face flies (Musca autumnalis) are carrying the bacterium that causes pinkeye, as is the case this season in several areas across the country, the economic threshold may be as low as one fly per animal. “Face flies are very annoying to cattle. In fact, the irritation is quite remarkable,” says Dr. Wes Watson, professor of entomology at North Carolina State University....



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