Stable Fly (Dog Fly) Control
Stable fly.



How to Cite

Kaufman, Phillip E., and Emma N. I. Weeks. 2012. “Stable Fly (Dog Fly) Control: ENY267/IG133, Rev. 8/2012”. EDIS 2012 (9).


The stable fly is a blood-sucking filth fly of considerable importance to people, pets, livestock, and the tourist industry in Florida. Filth flies, including stable flies, exploit habitats and food sources created by human activities, such as farming. Stable flies primarily attack animals for a blood meal, but in the absence of an animal host, they will bite people. This revised 4-page fact sheet was written by P. E. Kaufman and E. N. I. Weeks, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, August 2012.

ENY267/IG133: Stable Fly (Dog Fly) Control (


Broce, A. B. 1988. An improved Alsynite trap for stable flies Stomoxys calcitrans (Diptera: Muscidae). J. Med. Entomol. 25: 406-409.

Campbell, J. B., S. R. Skoda, D. R. Berkebile, D. J. Boxler, G. D. Thomas, D. C. Adams, and R. Davis. 2001. Effects of stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) on weight gains of grazing yearling cattle. J. Econ. Entomol. 94: 780-783.

Catangui, M. A., J. B. Campbell, G. D. Thomas, and D. J. Boxler. 1995. Average daily gains of Brahman-crossbred and English x exotic feeder heifers during long-term exposure to stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 88: 1349-1352.

Catangui, M. A., J. B. Campbell, G. D. Thomas, and D. J. Boxler. 1997. Calculating economic injury levels for stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) on feeder heifers. J. Econ. Entomol. 90: 6-10.

Cilek, J. E. 2002. Attractiveness of beach ball decoys to adult Stomoxys calcitrans (Diptera: Muscidae). J. Med. Entomol. 39: 127-129.

Hogsette, J. A., and J. P. Ruff. 1985. Stable fly (Diptera: Muscidae) migration in northwest Florida. Environ. Entomol. 14: 170-175.

Hogsette, J. A. 1990. Comparative attraction of four different fiberglass traps to various age and sex classes of stable fly (Diptera: Muscidae) adults. J. Econ. Entomol. 83: 883-886.

Jones, C. J., J. A. Hogsette, R. S. Patterson, D. E. Milne, G. D. Propp, J. F. Milio, L. G. Rickard, and J. P. Ruff. 1991. Origin of stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) on west Florida beaches: Electrophoretic analysis of dispersal. J. Med. Entomol. 28: 787-795.

Marcon, P. C. R. G., G. D. Thomas, B. D. Siegfried, and J. B. Campbell. 1997. Susceptibility of stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) from southeastern Nebraska beef cattle feedlots to selected insecticides and comparison of 3 bioassay techniques. J. Econ. Entomol. 90: 293-298.

Moon, R. D. 2002. Muscoid flies (Muscidae), pp. 45-65. In G. R. Mullen and L. A. Durden (eds.), Medical and Veterinary Entomology, vol. 2. Elsevier, San Diego, CA.

Pickens, L. G., E. T. Schmidtmann, and R. W. Miller. 1994. How to control house and stable flies without using pesticides, pp. 1-14. USDA, Washington, DC.

Pitzer, J. B., P. E. Kaufman, S. H. TenBroeck, and J. E. Maruniak. 2011. Host blood meal identification by multiplex polymerase chain reaction for dispersal evidence of stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) between livestock facilities. J. Med. Entomol. 48: 53-60.

Rochon, K., T. J. Lysyk, and L. B. Selinger. 2004. Persistence of Escherichia coli in immature house fly and stable fly (Diptera: Muscidae) in relation to larval growth and survival. J. Med. Entomol. 41: 1082-1089.

Taylor, D. B., R. D. Moon, and D. R. Mark. 2012. Economic impact of stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) on dairy and beef cattle production. J. Med. Entomol. 49: 198-209.

Wright, R. E. 1985. Arthropod pests of beef cattle on pastures and range land, pp. 191-206. In R. E. Williams, R. D. Hall, A. B. Broce and P. J. Scholl (eds.), Livestock Entomology. Wiley, New York.