Poultry red mite control

Getting close to poultry red mite control

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.

Just imagine how you would feel being attacked by over a thousand mosquitos every night!
Monique Mul, researcher Animal Health & Welfare

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.

Market information

A private company commercializing the mite counter was awarded 30,000 euro by the Province Limburg to support its commercial introduction.

Information sheet: the effects of a poulty red mite infestation (Wageningen Livestock Research).
Information sheet: the effects of a poulty red mite infestation (Wageningen Livestock Research).