High numbers of flying insects caused by the extended warm summer spell is putting livestock, and in particular dairy cattle, at increased risk of disease. Also causing irritation and presenting a potential danger to milking staff, according to Bayer‘s rural hygiene manager, Ken Black.

“There is a link between flies and the prevalence of summer mastitis, specifically the sheep headfly (Hydrotaea irritans),” he warns, noting that the condition can be very economically damaging, but that the insect problem can be easily resolved during milking.

“Flies in the milking parlour can also cause the cows to kick, which can add to the duration of milking and puts those working in the parlour at risk of being hurt.”

Bayer Flying Insect Killer, which contains d-tetramethrin and d-phenothrin, is an aerosol specifically formulated for the rapid control and quick knockdown of nuisance flying insects.

Ken points out that due to the recent withdrawal of other aerosol products based on the same mode of action, there are now limited control options available to the end user.

“This insecticide is clean and easy to use, and can be applied for the control of an extensive range of flying pests including biting and nuisance flies,” he comments.

“As well as being used to fumigate an enclosed area, the spray can also be applied directly to the pest or used as a treatment to cracks and crevices of the parlour building where insects are harbouring. This treatment can then be repeated as necessary throughout the season,” concludes Ken.