An initial survey of the cattle grub Dermatobia hominis (L. Jr.) in Nicaragua

Prev Vet Med. 2003 Dec 12;61(4):333-8. doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2003.08.006.


After the civil war and the Hurricane-Mitch disaster, cattlemen in Nicaragua were forced to transport their cattle from lowland areas to higher, dryer areas of the country. These areas are natural ecological niches for the cattle grub Dermatobia hominis (L. Jr.) (Diptera: Cuterebridae). To determine the importance of this infestation, the Agricultural and Livestock-Forestry Ministry selected a central area of Nicaragua to run a pioneer survey program to acquire information about hosts involved, number of cases, treatments applied and general knowledge of 42 farmers about the life cycle of the parasite. The subjects were either farm owners or farm managers. Ninety-five percentage of the farms indicated cases of D. hominis infestation in their animals, with cattle being the most affected host (100% of the affected farms). There was poor understanding of the D. hominis life cycle, vectors and control methods. A misuse of insecticides for the treatment of larval infestation by D. hominis was indicated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Altitude
  • Animal Husbandry*
  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Cattle Diseases / etiology
  • Cattle Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Diptera*
  • Disasters
  • Ectoparasitic Infestations / epidemiology
  • Ectoparasitic Infestations / prevention & control
  • Ectoparasitic Infestations / veterinary*
  • Insecticides
  • Nicaragua / epidemiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Warfare


  • Insecticides