Biting Black Flies In Twin Falls County


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) The biting black fly or buffalo gnat is a growing problem for the agricultural community.

Besides being annoying to people, black flies are also serious pest of livestock.

Causing reduced weight gain and transmitting diseases.

And unlike mosquitoes, which breed in stagnate water.

Black flies reproduces in the rivers and streams that cross our region.

A treatment program targeting the flies in Twin Falls County has been operating for several years.

"Basically we target the larva... and so the larva's are little filter feeders and so we find them where they're at in the water and were able to put a bacteria into the water... a soil bacteria... and when they feed on that is causes lesions in their gut and they die. So it's a very safe–natural treatment and it's also very effective."
Kirk Tubbs from the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District.

If you would like to learn more you can contact the twin falls county pest abatement district at 733–2338.

Or log onto their website at WWW.TFCPAD.ORG

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