Brand: SWAT ® Spray-on for Sheep
Company: ELANCO (BAYER)
FORMULATION: «spray-on/pour-on» for topical administration.
ACTIVE INGREDIENT(S): cyromazine 60 g/L (= 6%)
CHEMICAL CLASS of the active ingredient(s): insect growth regulator (= IGR, triazine)
PARASITES CONTROLLED* (spectrum of activity)
* Country-specific differences may apply: read the product label.
- For the control of blowfly strike on coarse-woolled sheep.
- Length of protection: New Zealand, up to 6 weeks
* Can be slightly different in some countries: read the product label!
Use recommendations in the NZL, based on weight:
|Weight in kg||Total Dose (mL)||Gun setting (mL)||Number of bands|
|For the prevention of all commonly struck areas|
Read the product label for further details on dosing and administration.
- LD50 (acute oral) in rats: 1467 mg/kg for the active ingredient. Estimate for the formulation: >5000 mg/kg.
- LD50 (acute dermal) in rats: 3100 mg/kg mg/kg for the active ingredient. Estimate for the formulation: >5000 mg/kg.
- Estimated hazard class according to the WHO classification of pesticides for cyromazine: U, unlikely to present acute hazard
Suspected poisoning? Read the article on cyromazine safety in this site.
Withholding periods (=withdrawal times) for meat, milk & shearing (country-specific differences may apply: read the product label)
- Meat: New Zealand 21 days.
- Milk for human consumption: New Zealand, discard milk for 35 days following treatment.
- Shearing: New Zealand 2 months.
Risk of resistance? LOW, mainly in Australia.
- Organochlorines (e.g. DDT, dieldrin): introduced in 1946 in Australia, field resistance detected in 1957. Withdrawn for safety reasons in the 1970s.
- Organophosphates (e.g. diazinon, malathion): introduced in 1957 in Australia, field resistance detected in 1965. Withdrawn for safety reasons in the mid 2000s.
- Benzoylphenyl ureas (e.g. diflubenzuron): introduced in 1993 in Australia, field resistance detected in 2001. Claim for blowfly strike prevention removed in 2008. Since then approved only for lice control.
First cases of blowfly field resistance to the chemical classes mentioned above appeared usually about 10 years after product introduction. Other chemical classes such as synthetic pyrethroids (e.g. cypermethrin) and macrocyclic lactones (e.g. ivermectin) have been used only marginally for blowfly strike prevention during these years, i.e. it can be assumed that the selection pressure on blowflies exerted by chemicals of these two classes has been rather low.
In 2012 a first report on Lucilia cuprina cyromazine tolerance was reported (Resistance Factor = RF ~3) almost 40 years after the introduction of the first cyromazine product (VETRAZIN Liquid for dipping and jetting) in the late 1970s. In 2020 field resistance of blowfies to cyromazine has been reported for Lucilia cuprina in Australia with a RF of about 25. These blowflies have been reported to be also resistant to dicyclanil and ivermectin treatment.
To our knowledge no reports on resistance or tolerance of blowflies (Lucilia cuprina, Lucilia sericata) to cyromazine have been reported in New Zealand, UK (and other EU-countries) or South Africa, other regions where cyromazine has been also vastly used against blowfly strike for decades.
Alternative chemical classes/active ingredients to prevent resistance of blowflies through product rotation:
- Organophosphates (mainly diazinon). High blowfly resistance in Australia already. Withdrawn in Australia.
- Synthetic pyrethroids (e.g. α-cypermethrin). Short protection periods.
- Macrocyclic lactones (mainly ivermectin). Not available in all countries for blowfly strike prevention.
- Spinosad. Short protection periods. Not available in all countries for blowfly strike prevention.
- Benzoylphenyl ureas (mainly diflubenzuron, triflumuron). No more approved for blowfly strike prevention in Australia due to high resistance.
These alternative products may not be available in all countries, or may not be available as spray-ons/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: New Zealand
GENERIC BRANDS available? YES, a few in Australia and New Zealand. So far none in the UK.
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SWAT Spray-on for Sheep is a local brand introduced by BAYER, basically a generic version of the original VETRAZIN Spray-on from CIBA-GEIGY (→ NOVARTIS → ELANCO).
Cyromazine is a so-called Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) belonging to the group of the Chitin Synthesis Inhibitors (CSI). It was introduced in the late 1970s (by CIBA-GEIGY → NOVARTIS → ELANCO). It is narrow-spectrum larvicide. It is abundantly used in sheep, moderately in poultry, marginally in horses, but not in other livestock or pets. It is also moderately used in agricultural pesticides.
Chitin is a component of the cuticle of insects, which is an essential part of their outer skeleton. If chitin is not properly produced, fly maggots die when they attempt the next molt. However, cyromazine does not really inhibit chitin synthesis, but interferes with its correct deposition. The consequence is the same: Fly maggots cannot complete molting and die. Other CSIs such as the benzoylphenyl ureas (BPUs, e.g. diflubenzuron, triflumuron) do actually inhibit chitin synthesis. But whereas BPUs exert this effect an almost all insects, cyromazine is quite specific for Dipterans (flies, mosquitoes, etc.) and some beetles. This makes it much less harmful for the environment, but also ineffective against other sheep pests such as lice. Most IGRs have no lethal effect on adult insects.
As all IGRs, cyromazine does not immediately kill the fly maggots (larvae), i.e. it has no knockdown effect. Larvae will die at their next attempt to molt to the next developmental stage, which may take 1-4 days to occur, depending on age of the maggots at the time of treatment, humidity, temperature, etc. For this reason, cyromazine and other IGRs are usually not used for curing established strikes, but for preventing their development by killing the very small first-stage larvae that hatch out of the eggs deposited by the adult flies on the wool.
Cyromazine is quite soluble in water, in contrast with many other parasiticides that are rather lipophilic. This means that heavy rains may significantly shorten the length of protection of this and other cyromazine-based products.
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