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April 17, 2018
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Insect experts with the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture are asking the public for help as it works to assess the scope of losses
due to the black fly/southern buffalo gnat outbreak in late March and early April.
Flooding along the White River helped make populations of the blood-sucking fly so
dense in and around Arkansas County, they killed cattle, horses and deer and forced
the closure of an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission nature center.
“We’ve heard reports of livestock and deer deaths, but we’d really like to have some
reliable data for this outbreak for the sake of comparison,” said Kelly Loftin, extension
entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Here’s
where we need your help: If you lost cattle, horses or other livestock during this
buffalo gnat outbreak, please let us know.”
Loftin said he’d like to know:
To report livestock losses due to buffalo gnats, contact Loftin 501-416-3684 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or your local county extension office. Contact information for county offices is
available at: https://uaex.uada.edu/counties/default.aspx.
Southern buffalo gnats, also known as black flies or turkey gnats, are ferocious blood
feeders that develop in flowing water during late winter or spring. Southern buffalo
gnat populations dramatically decline when temperatures rise to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
or above. (See related story: http://bit.ly/2GxuKCr).
For more information about managing pests on livestock contact your county extension
office or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com