Significance and control of the poultry red mite, dermanyssus gallinae

O. A E Sparagano, D. R. George, D. W J Harrington, A. Giangaspero

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Abstract

The poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae, poses a significant threat to poultry production and hen health in many parts of the world. With D. gallinae increasingly suspected of being a disease vector, and reports indicating that attacks on alternative hosts, including humans, are becoming more common, the economic importance of this pest has increased greatly. As poultry production moves away from conventional cage systems in many parts of the world, D. gallinae is likely to become more abundant and difficult to control. Control remains dominated by the use of synthetic acaricides, although resistance and treatment failure are widely reported. Alternative control measures are emerging from research devoted to D. gallinae and its management. These alternative control measures are beginning to penetrate the market, although many remain at the precommercial stage. This review compiles the expanding body of research on D. gallinae and assesses options for its current and future control. We conclude that significant advances in D. gallinae control are most likely to come through an integrated approach adopting recent research into existing and novel control strategies; this is being combined with improved monitoring and modeling to better inform treatment interventions. ©

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-466
Number of pages20
JournalAnnual Review of Entomology
Volume59
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chicken
  • Ectoparasite
  • Hen
  • Veterinary pest control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Medicine(all)

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    Sparagano, O. A. E., George, D. R., Harrington, D. W. J., & Giangaspero, A. (2014). Significance and control of the poultry red mite, dermanyssus gallinae. Annual Review of Entomology, 59, 447-466. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-ento-011613-162101