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Controlling fly strike and louse infections in sheep with tea tree oil

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James, P. (2011) Controlling fly strike and louse infections in sheep with tea tree oil. Project Report. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.



This study aimed to assess the effect of tea tree oil based formulations against two major ectoparasitic diseases in the sheep industry, flystrike and louse infestation, and to provide data to assist the assessment of the commercial feasibility of development of tea tree oil based ectoparasiticides. The results demonstrate insecticidal effects against both sheep lice and blowflies and repellent effects against adult flies and maggots. Dipping sheep in a Tea Tree Oil based formulation appeared to completely eradicate lice and suggests its potential use in sheep dipping formulations. Repellent and insecticidal effects against sheep blowflies, together with previously reported anti-microbial and wound healing properties, suggest significant benefits from the inclusion of tea tree oil in flystrike and wound treatment formulations. These effects occurred at concentrations of Tea Tree Oil that suggest
the commercial viability of development of Tea Tree Oil based formulations for sheep parasite control and wound treatment and a potential new market for Tea Tree Oil.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Keywords:Final report
Subjects:Veterinary medicine > Diseases of special classes of animals > Sheep and goats
Veterinary medicine > Veterinary parasitology
Animal culture > Sheep
Live Archive:17 Nov 2011 02:13
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:48

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