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Department of Entomology

ISU Entomology / New Dimensions in the Continuing Battle to Control Biting Flies and Ticks affecting animal and human health

New Dimensions in the Continuing Battle to Control Biting Flies and Ticks affecting animal and human health

Kevin Temeyer, USDA-ARS, Kerrville, TX
Abstract: Temeyer conducts basic and applied research to develop new control technologies, to elucidate mechanisms and prevalence of pesticide resistance, and to expand the molecular databases available for the following pest arthropods (1) Ticks: in support of the USDA Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program, begun in 1906, and continuing to provide inspection of imported livestock, monitoring for tick incursions (outbreak infestations) within the United States, and operation of quarantine and eradication activities for outbreak infestations. These ticks are vectors of bovine babesiosis and bovine anaplasmosis, each capable of producing rapid and high mortality in naïve cattle. The ticks and causative pathogens remain endemic in Mexico and other subtropical areas throughout the world and present a continuing and significant threat to the U.S. cattle industry; (2) biting flies affecting animal and human health - Musca domestica (house fly), Stomoxys calcitrans (stable fly), Haematobia irritans (horn fly), and Phlebotomus papatasi (sand fly vector of zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis).
Host: Joel Coats