An alternate to insecticides: Chemical residues free natural Ectoparasiticidal formulation assessment in poultry houses
Katoch R, Adarsh, Maini S, Kotagiri R
A study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of herbal ectoparasiticidal- Keetguard liquid (M/s Ayurvet Limited) against louse infestation and to control the population of Musca domestica in poultry houses. Keetguard liquid efficacy compared with Deltamethrin. Keetguard liquid application was significantly (p<0.05) effective to decrease the lice count (Lipeurus caponis) by day 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th and results were in comparison with Deltamethrin. Fly repellent efficacy of Keetguard liquid was also in well comparison with Deltamethrin. 7th day, on post Keetguard liquid and Deltamethrin treatment birds showed increase in body weight. At the end of the study on 28th day body weight gain varied non significantly among Keetguard liquid and Deltamethrin treated birds but varied significantly (p<0.05) from untreated control group birds. Feed consumption was improved in ectoparasiticidal treated birds. Based on the results, it can be concluded that the Keetguard liquid showed very good efficacy against louse infestation (Lipeurus caponis) in birds and as a fly (Musca domestica) repellent in poultry houses. No toxicity/ adverse effects of Keetguard liquid in birds were noticed during the study.