Buffalo Gnats: Should You be Concerned for Your Birds?

For several weeks in the late spring and early summer, gnats, flies and other nuisance insects make their arrival known Most of these are simply a nuisance However, buffalo gnats, also called black flies or turkey gnats, are more than just a nuisance They can quickly wipe out livestock, including poultry species
Why are buffalo gnats a problem?
The female buffalo gnat feeds on blood Similar to a mosquito, she will bite an animal, or person, in order to draw out blood She then feasts on the blood Normally, the body would react to this by