The cattle tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, is a serious economic pest of Queensland's cattle industry. If left unchecked, this external parasite can significantly reduce cattle live-weight gain and milk production. It is also responsible for transmitting three blood-borne tick fever organisms, which cause sickness and death in cattle. Cattle ticks can also infest other species such as sheep, horses, goats, camels, alpacas, llamas, vicunas, guanacos and deer.
The cattle tick is an external parasite, mainly of cattle, and is regarded as a significant economic pest of the Queensland cattle industry. Cattle ticks are notifiable when they occur outside the Queensland cattle tick infected zone.
A table to help you identify cattle ticks, paralysis ticks (scrub ticks) and bush ticks.
Find out about Queensland cattle tick free and control zones and regulations relating to the movement of stock out of infected zones.