Reducing tick burdens on chicks by treating breeding female grouse with permethrin

Francois Robert Mougeot, Mark Hamish Moseley, Fiona Leckie, Jesus Martinez-Padilla, Allen Miller, Mat Pounds, Justin Irvine

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Abstract

Ticks are important arthropod vectors of diseases of human, livestock, and wildlife hosts. In the United Kingdom, the sheep tick (Ixodes ricinus) is increasingly recognized as a main limiting factor of red grouse (Lagopus lagopus) populations, a game bird of high economic value. We evaluated the effectiveness of a new practical technique that could help managers reduce negative impacts of ticks on young grouse. In a replicated field experiment, we treated breeding females with leg bands impregnated with permethrin, a slow-releasing potent acaracide. We found that treatment reduced tick burdens on young chicks. Because this treatment is easily applied, it offers a new practical management tool to tackle problems caused by ticks in game bird populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-472
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Volume72
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

Keywords

  • acaracide treatment
  • experiment
  • Ixodes ricinus
  • Lagopus lagopus
  • louping-ill virus
  • permethrin
  • red grouse
  • Lagopus-lagopus-scoticus
  • Ixodes-dammini acari
  • flavivirus group
  • mountain hares
  • persistence
  • efficacy
  • ixodidae
  • transmission
  • Ixodes ricinus
  • Louping-ill virus
  • permethrin

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