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Treatment of black-tailed prairie dog burrows with deltamethrin to control fleas (Insecta: Siphonaptera) and plague

Journal of Medical Entomology

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https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585-40.5.718

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Abstract

Burrows within black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) colonies on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado, were dusted with deltamethrin insecticide to reduce flea (Insecta: Siphonaptera) abundance. Flea populations were monitored pre- and posttreatment by combing prairie dogs and collecting fleas from burrows. A single application of deltamethrin significantly reduced populations of the plague vector Oropsylla hirsuta, and other flea species on prairie dogs and in prairie dog burrows for at least 84 d. A plague epizootic on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge caused high mortality of prairie dogs on some untreated colonies, but did not appear to affect nearby colonies dusted with deltamethrin.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Treatment of black-tailed prairie dog burrows with deltamethrin to control fleas (Insecta: Siphonaptera) and plague
Series title:
Journal of Medical Entomology
DOI:
10.1603/0022-2585-40.5.718
Volume:
40
Issue:
5
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
Entomological Society of America
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
5 p.
First page:
718
Last page:
722