Flystrike, also known as fly strike or myiasis, is a potentially fatal disease that is common in the warmer months of the year. It is caused by several types of insects that will lay eggs in the wounded skin of mammals. Species that cause flystrike in rabbits include the blowflies Lucilia sericata, Calliphora sp., the grey flesh fly Wohlfahrtia sp., the common screwworm fly Callitroga sp., and from the botfly Cuterebra sp (Western hemisphere only).
- House Rabbit Society, Marinell Harriman, Fly Strike
- House Rabbit Society, Joy Gioia, Fly-Strike Emergency
- Sonya J. Miller-Smith, Flystrike in rabbits: the gruesome facts
- Rabbit Haven, Fly Strike
- Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund, Flystrike – don't get caught out.
- Save a Fluff, Flystrike (myiasis) and how to prevent it
- MedicAnimal.com, The symptoms, treatment and prevention of fly strike in rabbits
- Examiner.com, Phyllis O'Beollain, Fly strike season arriving soon
- Examiner.com, Phyllis O'Beollain, What to do if your pet has fly strike
- MediRabbit.com, Esther van Praag Ph.D., Myiasis (fly-strike) in Rabbits (Warning: graphic pictures)
- MediRabbit.com, Esther van Praag Ph.D., Myiasis (botfly) in Rabbits (Warning: graphic pictures)
The following are some experiences with flystrike:
- House Rabbit Network, Why We Won't Keep Rabbits Outdoors: A personal story
- Small Pet Select, Robin Rysavy, The Dangers of Cuterebra in Rabbits
The following are some videos of botflies being removed:
- Facebook, Hope Animal Hospital (Warning: graphic video)
Below are libraries with more links to information about flystrike.
- RabbitsOnline.net, LIBRARY: Rabbit Health > Fly strike