Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária
On-line version ISSN 1984-2961
ROCHA, Christiane Maria Barcellos Magalhães da et al. Perceptions about the biology of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus among milk producers in Divinópolis, Minas Gerais. Rev. Bras. Parasitol. Vet. (Online) [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.4, pp. 289-294. ISSN 1984-2961. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-29612011000400006.
One hundred semi-systematized interviews were applied with the aim of surveying the perceptions of milk producers in the municipality of Divinópolis, Minas Gerais regarding the biology of the tick Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus. Content analysis was conducted on each of the variables surveyed and their descriptions, highlighting the higher frequencies in order to construct profiles of perceptions about each of the matters surveyed. In addition, each of the producers was categorized regarding their readiness to proceed with efficient control, from the assessment of their responses. Among the variables surveyed were the tick lifespan, duration of parasitic life, time of greatest incidence, survival in pastures and egg-laying volume. These questions are considered important for defining the knowledge needed for rational combat. It was concluded that the information needed for adopting effective practices to combat ticks was insufficient among the milk farm properties in Divinópolis. Moreover, the producers interviewed had a good perception of what they observed in their daily routine, but did not have complementary information about the tick life cycle.
Keywords : Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus; tick; interview; milk producer; knowledge.