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Ticks

Ticks cause blood loss and anaemia in livestock, particularly cattle and deer, resulting in reduced weight gain and production.

Ticks require a blood feed at each stage of their life cycle to progress from larva to nymph to adult.  Problems for the host animal include pelt damage where the tick enters its mouthparts into the skin, loss of blood, and a variety of reactions caused both directly from this and the tick injecting saliva into its host.

A strategic approach using farm management practices, together with treatment with Bayticol through the evolution stages, will achieve effective control.

Treating all cattle and deer on a property every 3-6 weeks with Bayticol will ensure every larvae, nymph and adult that attacks these hosts will come in contact with the active ingredient, killing the majority of ticks.  Even adult stages that survive are usually rendered sterile.

Total body control is required for any impact on the tick population.  Partial treatments may allow ticks to survive, breed and lay eggs, increasing the overall tick burden on the farm and the animal, reducing production and profit.  Experience has shown that Bayticol  treatments starting before and finishing after each lifecycle stage will dramatically reduce future tick populations.

Non treated animals also act as hosts to allow the tick to cycle, these can include sheep, rabbits, hares, dogs, horses.  Treating all stock and reducing pest numbers will assist in the control of the tick population.

Stock movement on to clean pasture must be monitored closely, once introduced ticks are practically impossible to eradicate.  Treatment and quarantine of all new stock is highly recommended before movement to such areas.