Parasitism in egg production systems: The role of the red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae)

O. A.E. Sparagano, A. Giangaspero

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Parasites are a problem wherever poultry are raised, either in large poultry infrastructures or small backyard flocks, and are responsible for economic losses that can be significant. This chapter will discuss the most economically important parasites, all having a negative impact on egg production and egg quality. However, it will mostly focus on the red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae, because of its outstanding negative impact on animal health, welfare and production. The authors will review different aspects including biology of red mites and new insights of its control.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImproving the Safety and Quality of Eggs and Egg Products
Subtitle of host publicationEgg Chemistry, Production and Consumption
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781845697549
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Control methods
  • Dermanyssus gallinae
  • Endo and ectoparasites
  • Poultry diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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