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Significance and control of the poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae

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


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The poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae, poses a significant threat to poultry production and hen health in many parts of the world. With D. gallinae increasingly suspected of being a disease vector, and reports indicating that attacks on alternative hosts, including humans, are becoming more common, the economic importance of this pest has increased greatly. As poultry production moves away from conventional cage systems in many parts of the world, D. gallinae is likely to become more abundant and difficult to control. Control remains dominated by the use of synthetic acaricides, although resistance and treatment failure are widely reported. Alternative control measures are emerging from research devoted to D. gallinae and its management. These alternative control measures are beginning to penetrate the market, although many remain at the precommercial stage. This review compiles the expanding body of research on D. gallinae and assesses options for its current and future control. We conclude that significant advances in D. gallinae control are most likely to come through an integrated approach adopting recent research into existing and novel control strategies; this is being combined with improved monitoring and modeling to better inform treatment interventions. © Copyright ©2014 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sparagano OAE, George DR, Harrington DWJ, Giangaspero A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Annual Review of Entomology

Year: 2014

Volume: 59

Pages: 447-466

Print publication date: 01/01/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 0066-4170

ISSN (electronic): 1545-4487

Publisher: Annual Reviews


DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ento-011613-162101

PubMed id: 24397522


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