If you’ve ever heard the word “botfly,” you might have felt both curious and uneasy at first. Botflies are parasitic insects that lay their eggs on mammals, like people, which makes them feel bad. In this post, we’ll look at what botflies are, how they live, and how to get rid of them.
How to Understand the Botfly: A Quick Summary
Botflies, which are officially called Oestridae, are a type of fly that lives all over the world. These flies are different because their eggs are parasites. Botflies have a different approach than most insects, which lay their eggs right on the host.
Botfly females lay their eggs on the skin or hair of their hosts, which can be animals, pets, or, in rare cases, people. When the eggs touch the warm body of the host, the eggs hatch, and the larvae crawl into the skin to start growing.
From Eggs to Larvae: The Life Cycle of a Botfly
The life cycle of a butterfly is scary and interesting at the same time. It changes from eggs to caterpillars to pupae to adults. Female botflies are good at sticking their eggs to the fur or skin of their hosts. The heat from the host’s body makes the eggs hatch, releasing small maggots that quickly hide under the skin.
Larvae: Once the larvae are inside the skin of the host, they make a small hole so they can breathe and feed on the fluids in the tissue. Because the larvae live and move beneath the skin, they continue to grow and make the host uncomfortable.
Pupae: After several weeks, the fully grown maggots come out of the skin of the host. They fall to the ground and dig holes in the ground to change into adults. During the pupal stage, which is a time of rest, the caterpillar changes into an adult bumblebee.
Once the change is done, adult botflies come out of the pupa. The adult stage is short and mostly about having babies. When female botflies lay their eggs on hosts that are good for them, the cycle starts all over again.
How to Get Rid of Botflies: How to Deal with Unwanted Guests
Botfly larvae can be annoying and, in some cases, even dangerous. Here are some ways to get rid of botflies:
Surgical Extraction: Surgery is a common way for both people and animals to get rid of maggots. A medical professional carefully makes a cut above the larvae’s breathing hole and pulls it out. To avoid getting sick, you must get the right medical care.
Suffocation Method: Sometimes, you can kill a larva by putting petroleum jelly or sticky tape over its breathing hole. This method makes the larva come out of the skin in search of air, which makes it easier to get rid of.
Natural Expulsion: Sometimes, the body will react to the presence of the larva in a way that makes it leave on its own. But this process can take a long time and be uncomfortable.
Help from a Vet: When removing botfly larvae from pets and horses, vets often use methods that are similar to surgical extraction. Veterinarians can also give animals painkillers and medicines to keep them from getting sick.
How to Keep Botflies and Other Unwanted Guests Away
Botfly outbreaks should be avoided because their larvae are uncomfortable and can be dangerous to your health. Here are some things you can do to stay safe:
Botflies can’t lay eggs on the skin or fur of pets or cattle if they are groomed regularly. When spending time outside in places where bugs are common, wearing long arms and trousers can make it less likely that eggs will be laid.
Insect Repellents: Using insect repellents, especially ones that keep flies away, can be a good way to add another layer of protection.
Management of the environment: Cleaning up trash and keeping the area clean can help cut down on the number of flies.
Botflies are interesting because of how they live and die, but the fact that they are parasites means that their hosts don’t always like them.
Understanding how botflies live, how to get rid of them, and how to keep them from coming back is important for lowering the irritation and health risks they can cause. Get help from a professional if you have a lot of botflies.