Impeding movement of the poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae

James Pritchard, Tatiana Küster, David George, Olivier Sparagano, Fiona Tomley

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-107
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Early online date6 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2016


  • Animals
  • Architectural Accessibility
  • Chickens
  • Female
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Insecticides
  • Mite Infestations
  • Oils, Volatile
  • Poultry Diseases
  • Tick Control
  • Trombiculidae
  • Journal Article


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