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Livestock Pest Management

Four black cows with heads in a feeding trough and horn flies on their bodies.

Insects, mites and ticks are all too familiar to livestock and poultry producers as well as pet and companion animal owners. Arthropod pest of animals may be blood feeders that cause weight loss and/or vector diseases, or they may be pests that simply cause significant annoyance. In extreme situations, arthropod pest infestations may result in the death of the infested animal. Just like pests of agronomic crops, pests of animals are best managed using integrated pest management. In a nutshell, we use a variety of feasible, effective and legal means to manage a specific pest species. The most important aspect of this system is the identification and monitoring of the pest population to develop an action threshold. Integrated pest management methods used to control a pest may include cultural, regulatory, biological, mechanical and chemical (insecticides and/or acaricides). In addition to pests that feed directly on the animal, we are also concerned with important pests of livestock forages and livestock premises. Information in the form of factsheets, newsletters and other written material are available for the major arthropod pest species found in Arkansas. Relevant information on important pests is available for specific livestock groups listed below.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Pest Management News is a monthly newsletter that provides timely information about pests of the home, landscape, livestock and forages.

The Insecticide Recommendations for Arkansas (MP 144) lists insecticides labeled to control specific pest species and is divided into sections based on commodities.