Experiments To Discover A Suitable Fluid For Moats Around Tick-Proof Stalls

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1965
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Barnett, S.F.
Brocklesby, D.W.
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For experimental work at the EA VRO animals infected with Theileria parva and other tick-borne parasites are housed in specially designed tick-proof stalls that are surrounded inside the building by a moat. This note records the results of some experiments that were performed to discover a suitable fluid to place in these moats. It was important that the fluid should be cheap and that it should not affect the ticks that would be feeding on the animals for experimental purposes. Water might act as a good mechanical barrier but it was felt that some fluid with tick-killing properties would be preferable, particularly when exotic parasites such as Theileria annulata were being studied. Fluids commonly used as ixodicides containing B.H.C. or Toxaphene could not be employed because of the danger of their affecting ticks feeding on the experimental animals.
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bullettin, 13, p. 169-176
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