Dairy cattle-Cattle grub

Common cattle grub (heel fly) (Hypoderma lineatum)
Northern cattle grub (Hypoderma bovis)

Biology Typically, the life cycle of a cattle grub spans about a year, with most of that time spent as a larva migrating inside the animal's body. To avoid adverse host-parasite reactions, cattle should be treated either before or after grubs migrate through the body. The best time to treat would be as soon as the heel fly (adult stage) season is over. In practical terms, treatment for grubs may be accomplished at the same time as fall treatment for internal parasites but no later than November 30 to prevent a toxic reaction from dead/dying grubs that have migrated to vital regions such as the esophagus or spinal canal.

Management-chemical control (all drugs)

  • tetrachlorvinphos dust (Rabon 3%)-After grubs have encysted, apply 3 to 4 oz down the backline and rub in thoroughly taking care to get the dust into the warble.