Field Method for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Acaricides Against Lone Star Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) on Domestic Dogs

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A new method for testing acaricides against ticks on dogs is described. The tests involved natural populations of lone star ticks, Amblyomma americanum (L.), which infested beagle dogs in the field in woodlots of eastern Oklahoma. The described method has the advantage of using natural populations and infestations; this procedure eliminates the need for rearing ticks and artificially infesting hosts. The method was used from April to July in 1982 and 1983 to compare the effectiveness of 11 commercially available acaricides that were applied as dips to experimental dogs in field trials against nymphal and adult A. americanum. The residues from the dips lost effectiveness in killing >50% of the attached ticks from <4 days (pyrethrins) to 22 to 29 days (chlorfenvinphos).

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1985

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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