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Control of flea populations in a simulated home environment model using lufenuron, imidacloprid or fipronil.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11297105     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Control strategies were evaluated over a 6-month period in a home simulation model comprising a series of similar carpeted pens, housing matched groups of six cats, in which the life-cycle of the flea Ctenocephalides felis felis Bouche (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) had been established. Additional adult fleas were placed on the cats at intervals to mimic acquisition of extraneous fleas from outside the home. Treatment strategies included a single subcutaneous deposition of injectable lufenuron supported by initial treatments with a short-acting insecticidal spray, or monthly topical applications of imidacloprid or fipronil. An untreated control group indicated that conditions were suitable for flea replication and development. Controls had to be combed on 18 occasions to remove excessive flea burdens and two developed allergic reactions. Lufenuron cats were combed once and required two insecticidal treatments in the first month to achieve control. Even so, small flea burdens were constantly present thereafter. Imidacloprid and fipronil treatments appeared to give virtually complete control throughout. Single fleas were found on imidacloprid cats on two occasions, whereas none were recovered from fipronil cats at any time after the first treatment. Tracer cats were used to monitor re-infestation rates at the end of the trial period. Small numbers of host-seeking fleas were demonstrated in all treatment pens, indicating that total eradication had not been accomplished. It is concluded that the home environment simulation model incorporating tracer animals could provide a powerful tool for studying flea population dynamics under controlled conditions but improved techniques are needed for quantifying other off-host life-cycle stages.
D E Jacobs; M J Hutchinson; W G Ryan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical and veterinary entomology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0269-283X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Vet. Entomol.     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-11     Completed Date:  2001-06-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708682     Medline TA:  Med Vet Entomol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, The Royal Veterinary College (University of London), Hatfield, Herts, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Cat Diseases / prevention & control
Ectoparasitic Infestations / prevention & control
Insect Control / methods*
Nitro Compounds
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Benzamides; 0/Imidazoles; 0/Insecticides; 0/Nitro Compounds; 0/Pyrazoles; 103055-07-8/fluphenacur; 105827-78-9/imidacloprid; 120068-37-3/fipronil

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