Tabanid flies – commonly known as horse flies – inflict painful bites on cattle and horses. Tabanids are found worldwide and attacks of the blood-sucking female have serious economic consequences to livestock, including significant blood loss resulting in livestock weakening and sometimes death. Tabanids also reduce productivity (milk yields and meat production) by interfering with grazing time, furthermore, Tabanid flies transmit numerous diseases such as equine infectious anaemia.
SME proposers of the current project recognized the need to develop an affordable, effective, protective system that captures tabanids.
The TabaNOid trap, developed using cutting edge technology, is ideal for protecting outside fed livestock, particularly in eco-farms that comply with bio standards. Outdoor swimming pools or camp sites located in close proximity of water are also prone to the attack of blood-thirsty tabanids.