When is Pest Control an Agricultural Priority?

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The truth is pest control should always be a priority. However, there are certain times of the year when you can change your strategies to keep your animals comfortable and safe. Ticks, midges and mosquitoes are amongst the culprits. The best advice is to always be prepared for pest control as a simple change in temperature or humidity can cause a swarm to take over the flock. Scope your local farming directory to choose the products that will best keep your animals safe and healthy.

The agricultural damage that can be done by these tiny creatures are immense. It not only affects the lives of the animals but also the livelihoods of those who farm them. They breed in huge numbers and can devastate entire communities in less than a single evening. Any outbreak could spell economic disaster if left to escalate to its potential scale of devastation. This is why pest control should always be a priority.

Ticks
Lumpy Skin Disease

  • Lumpy skin disease can be transmitted by ticks, even in the winter months.
    • Lumpy skin disease can spread to other animals through the saliva of the infected.
    •             Cows carrying the disease will continue to lose weight and their milk production will deplete.
    •             Meat will become inedible and the animal will likely die.

African and Asiatic red water

  • There are vaccines available which should be a priority for those rearing livestock.
    • It is spread by ticks and sometimes when a vaccine is administered to several animals with the same needle.

When to prepare

  • Ticks thrive in warm humid climates, they are at their peak in the rainy summer months.
    • Make sure to check livestock’s ears, under arms and bellies and use pest control in their stables.

Flies and midges
Bluetongue

  • Sheep and cattle are mostly affected with symptoms of high fevers, inflammation of the muzzle and lameness as a result of swelling in the hooves.
    • There are 24 kinds of bluetongue so prevention is better than a cure as it is also spread by mosquitoes.

When to prepare

  • They breed in rotting flesh so make sure your dustbins are empty and free of rotting materials and food.
    • Keeping the stables and animals clean should deter pest but added pest control is always good to implement year round.

Mosquitoes
Rift Valley Fever

  • It is spread by mosquitoes and becomes airborne, quickly infecting entire herds.
    • It can be fatal to humans working with the animals if it takes on a haemorrhagic form.
    •             Causes pregnant animals to abort their brood and causes necrosis of the liver.

When to prepare

  • Mosquitoes require water to breed and females bite to feed the egg protein. When rainy season starts they are rampant.
    • Keep all stagnant water away by emptying anything that may collect stagnant water. If you prevent them breeding you potentially prevent disease.