Abreu, M. R.
Pereira, N. R. C.
Camargo-Mathias, M. I.
Total Authors: 4
 UNESP, Sao Paulo State Univ Julio de Mesquita Filho, Biosci Inst, Biol Dept, Rio Claro, SP - Brazil
 Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Entomol & Acarol, Piracicaba - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Medical and Veterinary Entomology;
Web of Science Citations:
The tickRhipicephalus sanguineussensu lato has great medical and veterinary importance, mainly because the ability to transmit many diseases, causing harm to pets but also risks to public health. The blood spoliation and transmission of pathogens occur because of the immunosuppressive action of these ticks' saliva, a potent mixture of bioactive substances that is secreted by the salivary glands, one of the organs responsible for their biological success, and hence the target of studies for their control. Ozone has promise for use as an alternative acaricide, due to its proven efficiency in controlling agricultural and food pests, besides posing no risk of environmental contamination or to animal and human health. Therefore, this study evaluated the acaricidal potential of exposure of females ofR. sanguineuss.l. to ozonated water at many concentrations and analysed the morphophysiological alterations of the salivary glands, employing histological and light microscopic techniques. The results demonstrated that the ozonated water at the concentrations investigated caused severe alterations in the salivary glands, bringing a new perspective for control ofR. sanguineuss.l., through an ecologically correct method due to the absence of harm to non-target organisms and the environment. (AU)