Efficacy of the d-phenothrin/pyriproxyfen association against mites in naturally co-infested rabbits Academic Article uri icon


  • The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of the d-phenothrin/pyriproxyfen association against Psoroptes ovis, Cheyletiella parasitivorax, and Leporacarus gibbus infestations in naturally co-infested rabbits. Twenty crossbreed (New Zealand White x California) rabbits concurrently infested by the three mite species were randomly divided in two groups. All rabbits presented with hyperemia, erythema and formation of crusts in the ear canals caused by P. ovis. Infestations by both C. parasitivorax and L. gibbus were considered asymptomatic in all animals.Ten animals were treated with a 4.4% d-phenothrin and 0.148% pyriproxyfen spray formulation until have their body surface uniformly sprayed, including external ear canals. The other ten rabbits remained untreated, serving as control group. Observations were done on days +7, +14, +21, +28, and +35 post-treatment. The d-phenothrin/pyriproxyfen association showed 100% efficacy against the three mite species and was responsible for the remission of psoroptic mange lesions on treated animals. No signs of intoxication were observed. The results indicate that d-phenothrin/pyriproxyfen spray formulation in a single application is an effective and clinically safe option for the control of different mite infestations in rabbits.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Fernandes, J. I., Verocai, G. G., Ribeiro, F. A., Melo, R., Correia, T. R., Coumendouros, K., & Scott, F. B.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Fernandes, Julio I||Verocai, Guilherme G||Ribeiro, Francisco A||Melo, Raquel MPS||Correia, Thais R||Coumendouros, Katherina||Scott, Fabio B

publication date

  • May 2013