Brand: WSD COMMAND Pour-on for Sheep
FORMULATION: «pour-on» for topical administration.
ACTIVE INGREDIENT(S): triflumuron 25 g/L (= 2.5%)
CHEMICAL CLASS of the active ingredient(s): insect growth regulator (= IGR, benzoylphenyl urea)
PARASITES CONTROLLED* (spectrum of activity)
* Country-specific differences may apply: read the product label.
- Control of body lice Bovicola (Damalinia) ovis on shorn sheep up to 7 days off-shears and unshorn lambs up to 2 months of age.
- Protects against the establishment of lice populations for up to 12 weeks.
* Read the product label for further details on dosing and administration.
Use recommendations (Australia):
|Sheep weight (kg)||Dose rate (mL)|
|11 - 20||12|
|21 - 30||15|
|31 - 55||20|
|55 - 75||25|
|75 - 85||30|
|85 - 95||35|
- LD50 (acute oral) in rats: >5000 mg/kg (source: MSDS)
- LD50 (acute dermal) in rats: >5000 mg/kg (source: MSDS)
- Estimated hazard class of the a.i. according to the WHO classification of pesticides: U, unlikely to present acute hazard in normal use.
Withholding periods (=withdrawal times) for meat, milk & shearing (country-specific differences may apply: read the product label)
- Meat: Australia: 14 days (ESI 66 days)
- Milk for human consumption: Not approved in Australia.
- Shearing: Australia: 66 days.
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Risk of resistance? YES. Resistance reported in Australia in field populations.
Resistance of body lice Bovicola (Damalinia) ovis to triflumuron and other benzoylphenyl ureas has been reported in Australia and it must be expected to increase. For this reason efficacy of this product against sheep body lice may not achieve the label claims. Resistance of sheep body lice to synthetic pyrethroids is also high and widespread in Australia. For this reason compounds of this chemical class are no more approved for lice control in Australia.
This means that if this product does not achieve the expected efficacy against the mentioned parasites, it may be due to resistance and not to incorrect use, which is usually the most frequent cause of product failure.
Alternative chemical classes/active ingredients for product rotation to prevent resistance of body lice to triflumuron:
- Macrocyclic lactones (mainly ivermectin)
- Neonicotinoids (e.g. imidacloprid). No efficacy against blowfly strike.
- Spinosad. Short protection periods.
These alternative products may not be available in all countries, or may not be available as pour-ons.
Learn more about resistance and how it develops.
Are the active ingredients of this product ORIGINAL* or GENERICS**?
*Meaning that they are still patent protected and generics are not yet available
**Meaning that they have lost patent protection and may be acquired from manufacturers of generic active ingredients other than the holder of the original patent.
COUNTRIES where this brand/product is marketed: Australia.
GENERIC BRANDS available? YES, a few ones in Australia, although several registered brands (e.g. TRIFFIK, EPIC, CANNON) are no more listed in the websites of the respective companies.
Click here to learn more about GENERIC vs. ORIGINAL drugs.
For an overview on the most used antiparasitic pour-on brands click here.
WSD COMMAND Pour-on for sheep is a generic version of BAYER's ZAPP.
Triflumuron is a broad-spectrum insect growth regulator (IGR) belonging to the benzoylphenyl-ureas introduced in the 1980s (by BAYER). It is effective against immature stages (larvae, nymphs, etc.) of numerous insects but not against adult stages. It is scarcely used in sheep and horses but only in Australia and New Zealand, not in Europe or the US. It is not used so far in other livestock or in pets. It is also used moderately against agricultural and household pests.
It is important to understand that this and other products containing insect growth regulators do not kill adult lice that may infect sheep at the moment of treatment, i.e. they don't have a knock-down effect. What they do is to prevent further development of immature stages. Larvae and/or nymphs fail to molt to the next stage and die. Therefore they are used to prevent the further development of immature stages or eggs of occasional adult lice that sheep may catch.
Triflumuron and other benzoylphenyl ureas conquered the sheep body lice market very quickly in Australia and New Zealand after resistance to synthetic pyrethroids exploded and organophosphates that still worked well were progressively withdrawn for safety reasons.
It is interesting to know that neither triflumuron nor other benzoylphenyl ureas are used on sheep in the EU, the US or in Latin America, where body lice is also an important pest of sheep. The likely reason is that organophosphates and/or synthetic pyrethroids are still widely used in these countries against this pest that has not yet become resistant to these chemicals there.
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