Factors influencing household decision making in the control of ticks In Trans Nzoia district
his anthropological study explores the factors influencing decision making process on the control of ticks at the farm level. It describes the present system of tick control management at the household level and sought to identify and discuss the new techniques currently being used to control ticks and manage tick-borne diseases in Trans-Nzoia District. Samples for the study were purposively selected from livestock farmers in Trans-Nzoia. Questionnaires were administered to forty five farmers (45). Other information were obtained from three focus groups(3) and four(4) key informants who were the District tick control officer and three extensionists. Standard questionnaire and Secondary Sources of data were also used. The major findings of the study are: Smaller herd sizes in smallholder households may mean better control of tick-borne diseases, and traditional methods coupled with modern technology could effectively control ticks. It is recommended .that extension officers should teach the farmers on systems used to control ticks, and animal healthcare professionals should pay particular aftention to establish good support with women.