Lice Control - Lice is not a regular problem in alpaca, but it does occur. Lice usually occur on the top of the head, on the breast at the inside of the leg and just above the tail. Hold the fleece open for at least 15 seconds to detect any movement, you won’t see them straight away. You should seek veterinary assistance for treating lice.
Tick Control - Ticks are not usually a big problem in adult alpaca but they can suffer from ticks in ears, on the face, around the eyes and genital areas. Mostly ticks find an “open” area where there is not much fibre growth.
A large number of ticks can be life threatening to a cria, causing severe anaemia. Most people in “ticky” areas will notice them on the cat’s or dog’s face and ears. That is the time to check the cria.
Appropriate treatment includes:
Ticks SHOULD NOT be pulled off as this leaves the nasty jaws embedded in the skin and can cause infections.