Available methods for the control of one-host ticks as well as their possible applications in control programmes are reviewed. The advantages and disadvantages of current methods (dipping vats, spray races, hand sprays) are compared to other chemical control methods (ear-tags, pour-ons, systemics, slow-release devices). Their integrated application with other technologies based on immunological, genetic or biological approaches is discussed. Because of the great diversity of geographic, climatic, infrastructural and scientific-technological developments in vast areas of the world, the author concludes that there is no universal method of application. What really matters is to be able to develop control programmes based on local ecological, socio-economic and political facts, integrating the best of available technology. Future tick control prospects are discussed with reference to the need for standardization of criteria on requirements and the legal basis for acaricide registration, introduction of new evaluation techniques for acaricide efficacy and development of faster techniques to recognize resistance. Special emphasis is laid on the need to establish control programmes integrating diagnosis, research and production of vaccines against one-host ticks and their haemoparasites.