Prevalence and key figures for the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae infections in poultry farm systems

Olivier Sparagano, Aleksandar Pavlićević, Takako Murano, Antonio Camarda, Hamid Sahibi, Ole Kilpinen, Monique Mul, Rick Van Emous, Sophie Le Bouquin, Kristian Hoel, Maria Assunta Cafiero

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Recent surveys and sample collection have confirmed the endemicity of Dermanyssus gallinae in poultry farming worldwide. The reduction in number and efficacy of many acaricide products has accentuated the prevalence rates of this poultry ectoparasite observed more often in non intensive systems such as free-range, barns or backyards and more often in laying hens than in broiler birds. The lack of knowledge from producers and the utilisation of inadequate, ineffective or illegal chemicals in many countries have been responsible for the increase in infestation rates due to the spread of acaricide resistance. The costs for control methods and treatment are showing the tremendous economic impact of this ectoparasite on poultry meat and egg industries. This paper reviews the prevalence rates of this poultry pest in different countries and for different farming systems and the production parameters which could be linked to this pest proliferation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationControl of poultry mites (Dermanyssus)
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789048127313
ISBN (Print)9789048127306
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Control costs
  • Dermanyssus gallinae
  • Infestation rates
  • Poultry
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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