|Institution:||Mississippi State University|
|Department:||Veterinary Medicine, College of|
|Keywords:||topical insecticide; ectoparasites; poultry|
|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.