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Control methods for Dermanyssus gallinae in systems for laying hens: results of an international seminar

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  • M. Mul, Wageningen UR Livestock Research, Lelystad, Netherlands
  • T. Fiks-van Niekerk, Wageningen UR Livestock Research, Lelystad, Netherlands
  • J. Chirico, National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala, Sweden
  • V. Maurer, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland
  • O. Kilpinen, Denmark
  • O. Sparagano, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom
  • B. Thind, Central Science Laboratory, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Sand Hutton, York, United Kingdom
  • J. Zoons, GBP Proefbedrijf voor de Veehouderij, Poiel 77, Geel, Belgium
  • D. Moore, CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • B. Bell, ADAS, 11D Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • A.-G. Gjevre, National Veterinary Institute, Section of Pathology, Oslo, Norway
  • C. Chauve, Laboratory of Parasitology, Veterinary School of Lyon, 1 Avenue Bourgelat, Marcy L'Etoile, France
  • Department of Integrated Pest Management
  • Danish Pest Infestation Laboratory
This paper reports the results of a seminar on poultry red mite (PRM), Dermanyssus gallinae. Eighteen researchers from eight European countries discussed life cycle issues of the mite, effects of mites on hens and egg production, and monitoring and control methods for PRM in poultry facilities. It was determined that PRM probably causes more damage than envisaged, with the cost in The Netherlands alone reaching 11 million euro per annum. However a great deal is still unknown about PRM (e.g. reproduction, survival methods, etc.) and that PRM monitoring is an important instrument in recognising and admitting the problem and in taking timely measures. Currently, the most promising control method combines heating the hen house in combination with chemical treatments. Future areas of development which show promise include the use of entomopathogenic fungi, vaccination and predatory mites. The final aim is to solve the problem of D. gallinae in housing systems for laying hens.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld's Poultry Science Journal
Pages (from-to)589-600
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Research areas

  • poultry red mite; life cycle; poultry facilities; control measures; monitoring; alternative methods

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