Acaricide resistance in cattle ticks and approaches to its management: the state of play

Abbas, R.Z., Zaman, M.A., Colwell, D.D., Gilleard, J., and Iqbal, Z. (2014). "Acaricide resistance in cattle ticks and approaches to its management: the state of play", Veterinary Parasitology, 203(1-2), pp. 6-20. doi : 10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.03.006  Access to full text

Abstract

Cattle ticks are an important constraint on livestock production, particularly in tropical and subtropical areas. Use of synthetic acaricides is the primary method of tick control; therefore, it would be imperative to develop strategies to preserve the efficacy of existing acaricides. This paper summarizes the status of acaricide resistance in cattle ticks from different parts of the world and reviews modes of action of currently used acaricides, mechanism of resistance development, contributory factors for the development and spread of resistance, management of resistant strains and strategies to prolong the effect of the available acaricides. Use of vaccines, synthetic and botanical acaricides and educating farmers about recommended tick control practices are discussed, along with the integration of currently available options for the management of drug resistance and, ultimately, the control of cattle ticks.

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