Culicoides Hypersensitivity – usually referred to as Queensland Itch.
Is actually where, and why we started our research on how to manage Biting Midge Fly (BMF), Sandflies.
This led to the development of BanItch.
When there are less biting insects and your horse isn’t being bombarded it doesn’t have the same impact. For example, you probably see your horses condition improve during winter months when there are less BMF around.
There is no withholding period with BanItch, the paddock can be treated while animals are present.
BanItch predators will not bite or feed off you, or any of your pets.
You can continue to use any, all, or none, of the treatments you are currently using, as you see necessary.
Queensland Itch can cause incredible amounts of stress in our equine friends. The itching is usually intense and can cause the animal to literally scratch their skin off, leaving behind open sores that also can become infected.
It can have considerable effect not only on the animal’s physical condition but also their emotional condition. The horse may also become depressed, anxious or self-isolating.
But when we manage the Biting Midge Fly, we see a vast improvement in their overall presentation.
Treating a horse paddock is a bit different treating a garden environment.
But if you are interested in using BanItch to treat Queensland Itch at your place, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to help with further information specific to the management of Queensland Itch in our equine friends.
The following are pictures were taken during the research and development stage of BanItch.
This lovely fellow was obviously suffering the effects of Queensland Itch. His owner was not doing anything to treat it at the time and was happy for us to trial the treatment on his property and agreed not to change anything he was doing caring for Cooper during the trial.
The property was close to where we are located so we were able to check on him often and get some regular photo’s of the results.
All of this made him a perfect candidate.
Its worth noting that although the last photo was taken in April, which may be considered late in the season in some places, it was still Biting Midge Fly season here.
BanItch is the use of soil dwelling predatory mites that are used to treat the eggs and larval stages of biting midges or sandflies. It is a property management tool that helps in significantly reducing the number of these nuisance biting pests in your gardens and lawns. If biting midges or sandflies are a problem for you head over to our dedicated BanItch section.