Status of Ticks Infestation in Ruminant Animals in Ogbomoso Area of Oyo State, Nigeria
Ameen, S. A.; Odetokun, I. A.; Ghali-Muhammed, L. I.; Azeez, O. M.; Raji, L. O.; Kolapo, T. U. and Adedokun, R. A. M.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
A survey is conducted on the status of ticks infestation in ruminants animals in Ogbomoso area of Oyo state. Collection and identification of ticks is carried out from February 2012 to August 2012. All the visible individual ticks were collected from the body of 317 cattles, 210 goats and 104 sheep. The status of ticks infestation in cattles , goats and sheep was found to be 96.2%, 80.3%,67.3%, respectively. In this study 6 species of ticks were identified. The most abundant species found in this study were Rhipicephalus evertsi evertsi, Boophilus decoloratus, Boophilus annulatus, Amblyomma variegatum, Rhiciphalus appendiculatus and Haemophysalis leachi. Haemophysalis leachi is the minor species of tick observed in sheep in the study area. This parasitological investigation will enable the farmers and veterinarians to have effective prophylactic , therapeutic and control measure of ticks in the study area.