Facts & Information on Livestock Pests

Links to K-State Extension Publications (pdf files):

Managing Stable Fly Production at Pasture Feeding Sites, MF2662

Common insect and mite pests of livestock and pets in Kansas:


Animals Affected

Black Flies

Cattle, swine, horses, sheep, goats, fowl and to a lesser extent dogs and cats.

Cattle Grubs

Cattle (However, occasionally horses and people have hosted cattle grubs)

Deer Flies

Most domestic animals except fowl.

Face Fly

Cattle and Horses

Horn Fly

Mostly cattle, but will feed on horses, sheep and goats.

Horse Flies

Mostly cattle and horses, but may bite swine, sheep, goats, dogs and humans.

Horse Bots

Horses, mules and donkeys.

House Fly


Stable Fly

Cattle, swine, horses, sheep, goats, dogs and will bite humans. (Also refer to the managing stable fly populations at pasture feeding sites publication)

Sheep Bot

Sheep and goats.

Sheep Ked

Sheep (some success on goats and may bite people).

Comparion of House Fly and Stable Fly Biology and Behavior


Sucking Lice

Most domestic animals except cats and fowl.

Chewing Lice

Most domestic animals except swine


Choriptic mange mite Cattle, horses, sheep and goats (different variety or subspecies for each species of host). Common on cattle and sheep but seldom diagnosed.
Demodectic mange mite Cattle, swine, horses, goats, dogs and cats (different species of mite for each host species).
Psoroptic mange mite Different species or subspecies parasitize cattle, horses, sheep, goats, and rabbits.
Sarcoptic mange or scabies mite Different species affect different kinds of animals. Swine, horses, sheep, goats, dogs and humans.





For further information, please reach out to our Veterinary Entomologist Dr. Cassandra Olds (colds@ksu.edu)