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Ecosistemas y recursos agropecuarios

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RODRIGUEZ-VIVAS, Roger Iván et al. Integrated control of ticks in bovine livestock. Ecosistemas y recur. agropecuarios [online]. 2014, vol.1, n.3, pp.295-308. ISSN 2007-901X.

Infestations with cattle tick, Rhipicephalus microplus constitute the most important ectoparasite problem in the tropical and subtropical regions of the globe, resulting in major economic losses in the cattle production. The control of R. microplus is mostly based on the use of ixodicides. Nevertheless, the irrational use of such products has resulted in tick populations exhibiting resistance to all major ixodicide drug classes. This has urged the development of control alternatives, including the use of animal husbandry practices, selection of tick-resistant cattle breeds, plant extracts, grassland management, vaccination (anti-tick vaccine) and biological control. Integrated tick management consists of the proper combination of at least two control tools aiming to destabilize the constitution of populations with higher proportions of genetically-resistant individuals, while maintaining adequate levels of animal production. The purpose of this paper is to present an updated review on the use of different integrated tick control for the control of R. microplus in the cattle livestock.

Keywords : Ticks; ixodicides; resistance; ntegrated management.

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