Lack of prolonged activity of lavender essential oils as acaricides against the poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) under laboratory conditions

D. R. George, K. Callaghan, J. H. Guy, O. A E Sparagano

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Abstract

Managing the poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae (De Geer) by conventional means (i.e., synthetic acaricides) has become increasingly problematic. As a possible alternative, research has identified several plant essential oils that are toxic to D. gallinae. However, essential oils are highly volatile and any acaricidal effect they exert could be short-lived in practice. This study investigated the short-lived toxicity of six lavender essential oils to D. gallinae. In sealed Petri-dishes, mites were exposed to filter papers impregnated with essential oil at a concentration of 0.14 mg/cm3. When filter papers were used immediately after impregnation, 66-90% D. gallinae mortality was observed after 24 h, depending upon the essential oil used. If impregnated filter papers were left in a fume cupboard for 24 h prior to use, mortality rates of D. gallinae fell to 11% or less.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-542
Number of pages3
JournalResearch in Veterinary Science
Volume85
Issue number3
Early online date17 Mar 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dermayssus gallinae
  • Essential oil
  • Novel control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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