Control of Poultry red Mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) in layer farms using an automated monitoring device

M.F. Mul, R.H. de Jong, B.G. Meerburg, P.W.G. Groot Koerkamp

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    Abstract

    The Poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) is a common ectoparasite in poultry farms worldwide, feeding on blood of poultry and sometimes humans in order to development to the adult stage and reproduce. A poultry red mite (PRM) infestation may result in high economic losses, veterinary risks and allergic reactions among farm workers. Control of PRM has become more difficult due to development of resistance to some acaricides (Chauve, 1998; Marangi et al., 2009; Nordenfors et al., 2001) and a ban on others. Therefore recent research has been focused on more environmentally friendly control methods such as the use of natural enemies (Lesna et al., 2009), attract and kill methods using fungi (Koenraadt and Dicke, 2010) and development of a vaccine (Bartley et al., 2009). For an effective, timely and place specific application of the control methods, monitoring of the size, place and the development of the PRM population is necessary. Currently, the monitoring methods for PRM are labor intensive, mostly applicable to one poultry housing system and only fit for research purposes. Therefore, we aim to develop an automated monitoring device for PRM in layer farms which is composed of an automated counter of PRM and a dynamic adaptive model. This monitoring device enables to assess the PRM population in 1) the actual situation, 2) after a treatment (effect) and 3) in future situations (necessary to indicate timely treatment). Recently, an experimental automated PRM counter has been developed using the approach of methodical design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationJoint meeting of the Dutch and Belgium societies for Parasitology. Challenges for the control of parasites
    Place of PublicationAntwerp
    PublisherInstitute of Tropical Medicine
    Pages30-30
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventJoint meeting of the Dutch and Belgium societies for Parasitology, 2012 Antwerp -
    Duration: 19 Oct 201219 Oct 2012

    Conference

    ConferenceJoint meeting of the Dutch and Belgium societies for Parasitology, 2012 Antwerp
    Period19/10/1219/10/12

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