Bovicola spp

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Bovicola bovis adult

Bovicola spp (Cattle tail louse) are a tropical and subtropical parasitic louse of cattle.

Species which are pathogenic to cattle include:

  • Bovicola bovis[1]

These parasites can be effectively eradicated with modern insecticides such as fipronil and ivermectin[2].

The fungal Metarhizium anisopliae has shown effective at reducing winter burdens of this parasite in experimental studies on cattle[3].


  1. Okursoy S et al (2007) Treatment of Linognathus vituli and Bovicola bovis infestations of calves with cypermethrin. Turkiye Parazitol Derg 31(3):212-214
  2. White WH et al (2007) Therapeutic and persistent efficacy of spinosad applied as a pour-on or a topical spray against natural infestations of chewing and sucking lice on cattle. Vet Parasitol 143(3-4):329-336
  3. Briggs LL et al (2006) Control of the cattle louse Bovicola bovis with the fungal pathogen Metarhizium anisopliae. Vet Parasitol 142(3-4):344-349