Mange (Scab and Follicle Mites) (External Parasites)

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Mange

Scab and Follicle Mites

(External Parasites)

The two most common mites infecting goats are the scab mite (Sarcoptes) and the follicle mite (Demodex).


Causes:

  • Contact with infected goats.

Symptoms:

  • The scab mite causes severe itching, loss of hair, and scab formation.
  • The follicle mite causes small lumps, usually on the forequarters but possibly over the entire body.

Transmission:

  • Mange is transmitted by contact with infected goats.

Treatment:

  • Use insecticides thoroughly and repeat at 2 week intervals for 2 to 3 months.
  • Insecticides should be used with caution on kids because of their extreme sensitivity.

Prevention:

  • Both types of mange are difficult to control, especially the follicle mite.

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