Flies of Livestock

Flies affect livestock by causing discomfort, resulting in reduced production and transmitting infectious diseases and parasites.

Flies can be divided into:

  • Biting flies
  • Nuisance flies
  • Flies where larval stages result in damage – myasis
Fly distribution

Flies have a predilection for certain places on the body of their host

Biting flies
Nuisance flies

Click on each for more detail.


Myasis is the result of fly larvae infestations on animals that feed on dead and living tissue and secretions.

musca domestica
Prof. Dr. H. Mehlhorn, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Flies cause discomfort to livestock and transmit diseases
and parasites.