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Pest control in Ibiza and Formentera: horse flies.

Horseflies: health risks and economic losses.


There are about 4,000 species of horseflies worldwide. Apart from feeding on blood, including that of humans, they are also predators of other dipterans, such as houseflies and some types of mosquitoes. Some species of horseflies lay their eggs inside their prey in batches of 15-30.

There is a species in the Americas, Dermatobia hominis, which does the same process in humans, developing eggs in the flesh of humans. However, for most species, it is normal for them to deposit their eggs on the surface vegetation of water or wetlands.


Horseflies and economic losses.

Although they are not usually present in large groups, like mosquitoes or flies, their presence in places open to the public, or in workplaces, will usually result in loss of customers. In addition to a reduction in the work productivity of the staff, due to the annoying bites they generate.


Horseflies and health risks.

Because of their life habits, horseflies are vectors of diseases such as tularaemia, anthrax and some filariae.

They are also capable of causing myiasis, i.e. they lay their eggs on wounds of still-living hosts, hatch the larvae on them, and feed on the open wounds. This process lasts until the larva completes its development, at which time it leaves the host and forms a pupa in the soil..

Identification and control of horseflies.

Identification of the horsefly pest:



Horsefly control by Integrated Pest Management (IPM):

-Prior inspection.

-Control of organisational measures.

-Control of structural measures.

-Installation of traps.

-Application of biocides.

For a more detailed description of our work methodology, see the description of our Integrated Pest Control (IPC).


Pest horseflies in Ibiza and Formentera: main species.

Pest horseflies in Ibiza and Formentera: main species.

Within this group of pest insects, 2 families stand out:

Chrysops spp. and Tabanus spp. In both families, only the females feed on the blood of their hosts; the males feed on nectar, honeydew and other liquids of plant origin.

They are robust and good fliers, measuring between 6 and 25mm.


Tabanus sudeticus, dark giant horsefly


Nova Control has the professionals, resources and experience necessary to guarantee the correct control of pests and microorganisms both in Ibiza and Formentera, always seeking to cover the service in a discreet and professional manner.

At Nova Control, we always try to adapt to the needs and requirements of our clients, whether they are public, private or private entities.

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