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The Caspian Hare

Paint stripes on cows to ward off flies

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The Caspian Hare

https://www.wthr.com/article/researchers-believe-painting-cows-stripes-mimic-zebras-could-ward-biting-flies

WASHINGTON — A group of Japanese researchers found that painting stripes that mimic those found on zebras seems to dramatically reduce the amount of biting flies pestering livestock.

The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, saw the rate of "fly-repelling behaviors" in the six Japanese black cows that were studied, drop by about 20% when they were painted with the white stripes, which was seen as a significant reduction.

The fly-repelling behaviors that the study refers to are "head throw, ear beat, leg stamp, skin twitch, and tail flick." These behaviors were how the researchers measured the rate at which biting flies were pestering the cows.

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OverSword

I had this same idea a few years ago.

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Piney
1 hour ago, OverSword said:

I had this same idea a few years ago.

That was spandex. Not paint. :yes:

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OverSword
3 minutes ago, Piney said:

That was spandex. Not paint. :yes:

and I never got bit

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Piney
1 hour ago, OverSword said:

and I never got bit

No, but "Gurn the Burn" did.......

 

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