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Control Of Poultry Mites (Dermanyssus)

Control of poultry mites: where do we stand? 

This special issue of Experimental and Applied Acarology is critically arriving at the right time. Since Salmonella vaccination is now widespread within the poultry industry, it seems the new economic, welfare and epidemiological problem is now the poultry red mite,Dermanyssus gallinae (also called red poultry mite, poultry mite, red mite or chicken mite). In 2012 the European Commission will ban traditional cage systems to move towards enriched cages or more open systems, such as free range or barns, which unfortunately could see mite population rocketing as they would be able to hide and proliferate better under these open environments. Like with many blood-feeding arthropods the consequences of their attacks are multiple: welfare issues of birds, becoming anaemic, picking feather, becoming restless and aggressing each other; egg production going down, because of the increased fragility of the eggshell; blood staining of the eggs, usually leading to refusal by supermarket corporations; and the mites are reservoirs of—and transmit—several bacterial and viral poultry diseases, which may also have nasty effects on man.


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Olivier A. E. Sparagano; Experimental and Applied Acarology Vol. 48, Nos. 1-2, 2009


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