After many years of fundamental research and practice testing, researchers of Wageningen Livestock Research developed an integrated approach to control poultry red mite infestations.
Yearly loss of one euro per hen
The blood sucking mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) especially terrorizes laying hens, causing the farmer an annual loss up to one euro per hen. Thousands of mites may attack one hen per night, at the cost of her well-being, health, resilience and egg production.
Early warning system for farmers
Wageningen Livestock Research developed an early warning system that uses infrared light to count the mites who are attracted to the warm hiding place in a perforated perch. The system warns the farmer when the infestation level passes a threshold to take action.
A private company commercializing the mite counter was awarded 30,000 euro by the Province Limburg to support its commercial introduction.