The Horse and Absorbine (makers of UltraShield insect control products) have joined forces with the goal of educating horse owners about the threat of mosquitos and other flying insects during National Mosquito Control Week, June 25-July 1.

The educational weeklong event was created 20 years ago by the American Mosquito Control Association, an international organization dedicated to preserving the public’s health and well-being through safe and environmentally sound mosquito control programs.

In horses, mosquitoes spread deadly diseases such as West Nile virus and Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis. Other insects, such as stable flies and biting midges, threaten horse health with diseases and conditions such as Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis (pigeon fever) and insect bite hypersensitivity (sweet itch), respectively. Barriers, repellants, and other insect control methods are often ubiquitous in combating different types of flying insects.

Look for mosquito and insect control- and disease-related content all week on TheHorse.com, our Facebook page and Twitter feed, and in our e-newsletters.