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Impeding movement of the poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dave George, Dr Olivier Sparagano



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© 2016 Elsevier B.V.The poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae, is an economically important hematophagous parasite of commercial egg laying hens, also affecting domesticated birds and companion animals. Conventional control of D. gallinae through acaricidal spraying is often ineffective, creating an urgent need to identify alternative management strategies for commercial and domestic infestations. Whilst integrated pest management is being considered for D. gallinae, the potential of impeding mite 'migration' routes, to either prevent initial infestation or manage established populations, has not been researched. Here we demonstrate that barriers of insecticidal glue, double sided sticky tape and thyme oil can contain D. gallinae within a specified area of a petri dish (78-88% of total mite population) and this level of containment was significantly greater than for negative controls (p values <0.05). Further studies in poultry houses are recommended to investigate the efficacy of these barriers in real world application and identity potential for barriers as a strategy for mite control.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pritchard J, Kuster T, George D, Sparagano O, Tomley F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Veterinary Parasitology

Year: 2016

Volume: 225

Pages: 104-107

Print publication date: 30/07/2016

Online publication date: 06/06/2016

Acceptance date: 02/06/2016

Date deposited: 26/07/2019

ISSN (print): 0304-4017

ISSN (electronic): 1873-2550

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2016.06.006

PubMed id: 27369583


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