A cheaper tsetse control method. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

An improved technique for tsetse fly control is available that even poor producers can afford. The new method, known as restricted insecticide application, relies on the fact that tsetse tend to only bite the legs and stomachs of cattle. Spraying just these areas with an insecticide every two to four weeks kills tsetse fly for a cost of only around 1 British pound per animal per year. There are other benefits too. For example, the technique means that animals still get bitten by ticks when they are young. This allows them to build up an immunity to the diseases carried by ticks. In Uganda, Zambia and Burkina Faso, the technique has already been shown to have reduced the incidence of trypanosomiasis—the devastating disease which tsetse carry.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (12 pp.) taken from the CD.


LPP14, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 60.

Published 1 January 2007