Action checklist if you find ticks

  1. Identify the species of tick. Use the ParaBoss quick guide and if you remain unsure, ask your veterinarian, local Biosecurity Officer or a professional service provider for help.
  2. Where is the infested animal? If the animal is outside of the cattle tick zone and you have found a cattle tick, it is a legal requirement that you notify your local Biosecurity Officer.
  3. How many ticks have you found, and what part of the tick season are you in? If tick numbers are low, and you are at the end of the tick season (heading into winter or the dry season), then action may not be needed. If tick numbers are high, or you are at the start of the spring-rise, then treat your animals. Look at the when to treat cattle tick page.
  4. Do you know the resistance status of your property? If chemical treatments fail to reduce tick numbers on your property then get some ticks tested to determine which chemical actives will work, and which won’t.
  5. Decide if you want to eradicate or control cattle tick numbers on your property then design a management strategy that includes a program for your region and a monitoring plan.
  6. If your animals need treatment the TickBoss cattle products search guide can help you to select a suitable product.
  7. It is important to change chemical groups regularly to avoid an increase in acaricide resistant tick populations.
  8. If your animals are showing signs of tick borne diseases (tick fever or theileriosis) or tick paralysis, monitor and remove any ticks found and seek advice from your local veterinarian or see the ParaBoss list of service providers.
  9. Consider ways to reduce ticks on your property.