Saturday, July 2 2022

Many parts of the country are experiencing drought, but that doesn’t mean the end of mosquitoes. Find out what this means for your horses, in today’s This Land of Ours.

With much of the western United States experiencing widespread drought, people may think mosquito season won’t be as intense. However, just because there is no rain does not mean there are no mosquitoes. “Some of West Nile’s largest outbreaks have occurred without significant rainfall,” says Dr. Justin Talley, chief of entomology and plant pathology at Oklahoma State University. “Just because you don’t see water doesn’t mean there aren’t breeding grounds around.” He shared four tips for protecting horses from West Nile virus. The first is to vaccinate your horses. Number two is the powerful cattle fan suspension. Third, remove as much standing water as possible and clean out horse water sources once a week. The last is to minimize a horse’s exposure during dusk and dawn mosquito feeding times. The disease can attack and inflame a horse’s nervous system and is transmitted by mosquitoes after feeding on infected birds and rodents.

This story was provided by the ANFB.

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West Nile virus remains a threat to horses despite drought

Sabrina Halvorson
National Correspondent / AgNet Media, Inc.

Sabrina Halvorson is an award-winning agricultural journalist, broadcaster and speaker. She hails from the agriculturally rich Central Valley of California.


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