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Cattle tick (Boophilus microplus) in Victoria on horses from Queensland

Cattle tick (Boophilus microplus) in Victoria on horses from Queensland

Australian Veterinary Journal 80(1/2): 92-93

Live, partially engorged adult cattle ticks (Boophilus microplus) were discovered in 3 horses from Victoria, Australia on 30 August and 3 September 1999. The horses had previously spent a week in Queensland, where they had undergone mandatory inspections and spray treatments for ticks before leaving, including spraying with flumethrin twice 3 days apart. The horse trailer and equipment were not sprayed. The horses were then groomed and the ticks were removed by hand, followed by ivermectin orally and spraying with cypermethrin+chlorfenvinphos (Barricade "S" Cattle Dip) twice, 4 days apart. The trailer and equipment were also sprayed. Based on the CLIMEX tick model for the development and survival of the cattle tick on the affected Victorian properties, it was decided to remove the horses from 1 December 1999 for 4 months to prevent reinfestation. Cattle and other livestock were also excluded from the contaminated paddock for this period. No more ticks were reported after the first treatment on the home properties and the ticks appear to have now been eradicated.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.2002.tb12060.x

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