AbstractsMedical & Health Science

The efficacy of a spot-on pesticide against ectoparasites affecting poultry in Mississippi

by Kevin Steven Maschek

Institution: Mississippi State University
Department: Veterinary Medicine, College of
Degree: MS
Year: 2015
Keywords: topical insecticide; ectoparasites; poultry
Record ID: 2058490
Full text PDF: http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-04012015-094554/


Ectoparasites are a common occurrence in backyard and commercial chickens and present a severe health challenge in certain circumstances. The accurate identification of the parasite is important in properly treating and preventing re-infestation. The feeding behavior of the pest species and management factors of the chicken affect outcomes of different types of treatment strategies. Most commercial products come in dusts, fogs, mists and sprays. The novel use of a topical spot-on pesticide can provide efficient adulticidal activity against stick tight fleas ( Echidnophaga gallinacea ) and bed bugs ( Cimex lectularius ) associated with poultry in Mississippi.