Although the results of our farmers experiment may appear somewhat academic, she has several very good practical reasons for her interest.
- Insecticide applications, such as pour-ons, eartags, impregnated hoods, and residual insecticide treatment of housing, kill and repel a variety of biting and bothersome insect species.
- This, in turn, increases livestock productivity, lessens disease transmission, and improves both the health and safety of people working alongside the animals.
- Lastly, depending upon how mobile these insects are, if a sufficient portion of the insect population is killed a permanent reduction may be achieved. In which case, given suitable monitoring, less insecticide may be needed to maintain control - or it may only be required periodically.