In vitro activity of permethrin, cipermethrin and deltamethrin on larvae of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Latreille, 1806) (Acari, Ixodidae)

F.F. Fernandes About the author

Aiming at monitoring the susceptibility, increasing the control and evaluating the toxicological effects, of different concentrations of three pyrethroids were investigated in vitro against Rhipicephalus sanguineus larvae using concentrations formulated for cattle, dogs and household use. A total of 1,604 15-21 day-old fasting larvae, obtained by artificial infestation in dogs, was immersed in the solutions. Larvae were then maintained in BOD incubators inside experimental devices, constituted by disposable Petridishes, filter paper and paraffin, and observed on the stereomicroscope during a 24-hour period. The larvae have shown excitability, repetitive movements, decrease of locomotion, detachment, paralysis, knock-down and production of gases and liquid in the cuticle. Mortality after 24 hours was 86.9% (1250ppm) and 100.0% (2500ppm) for permethrin; 80.3% (150ppm) and 86.0% (300ppm) for cipermethrin; and for deltamethrin 68.2% (25ppm) and 78.0% (50ppm). Mortality was not observed in the control group.

Tick; Rhipicephalus sanguineus; pyrethroid

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