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The Poultry Industry's Feud with Redmites: Inside the Fight Against Infestation on Chicken Farms

The poultry industry is no stranger to the constant battle against parasites, but one particular pest has proven to be a stubborn foe: the red mite. These tiny blood-sucking arachnids can cause severe damage to chickens, leading to decreased egg production and even death.

Red mites, also known as Dermanyssus gallinae, are a common problem on chicken farms. They are nocturnal, meaning they come out at night to feed on the blood of chickens. This behaviour makes them difficult to spot, as they hide in cracks and crevices during the day.

Chicken Red Mites Infestation
Dermanyssus Gallinae or Poultry Red Mites

The first sign of a red mite infestation is often anemia in the chickens, caused by blood loss. The birds may appear lethargic and have pale combs and wattles. As the infestation worsens, chickens may stop laying eggs and may even die.

Farmers have tried a variety of methods to combat red mites, including pesticides, natural predators, and even electric dusters that deliver a jolt of electricity to the mites.

Traditional methods of controlling red mites include the use of chemical pesticides, but one of the major challenges in controlling red mite infestations is their ability to develop resistance to pesticides. This means that farmers need to rotate the products they use and use them according to the instructions on the label. Also, these products can be harmful to both chickens and humans, and are not environmentally friendly.

Prevention is also key in avoiding red mite infestations. This includes keeping the chicken coop and surrounding areas clean, and inspecting for mites regularly.

The poultry industry is always on the lookout for new ways to control red mites and keep chickens healthy. As the problem of red mite infestation continues to be a major concern for farmers and the industry as a whole, research into new methods and strategies is ongoing.

Research has played a crucial role in the development of organic solutions for red mite infestations in poultry farms. Scientists and researchers have been working to find natural and sustainable alternatives to traditional chemical pesticides. Through their studies, they have discovered that certain essential oils, such as peppermint, clove, and cinnamon, have repellent properties that can effectively keep red mites away from chickens.

One example of this research is the development of Alphamites DW, it is taking the poultry world by storm as an organic feed supplement providing chickens and all poultry with its immune-boosting and antioxidant properties. However, the most exciting side effect of this feed supplement is the European based findings which show it to be an effective product for treating and controlling red mite outbreaks, by changing the digestible characteristics of poultry blood, after the first full treatment period.

Similarly, Nor-Mite Liquid, a water additive that uses essential oils to repel red mites and keep them away from laying hens, was developed as a result of research on the repellent properties of essential oils. the use of aromatic plant extracts with repellent properties. Incorporated in the feed or in the water, the repulsive aromatic compounds are secreted by the birds’ uropygial glands which leads to a modification of their smell. As a result, red mites no longer feed on the blood, and can therefore no longer reproduce.

This method is a real alternative to acaricide products for the control of the parasite. However, it is important that a close detection is put in place so that this strategy is applied as soon as necessary.

These studies demonstrate that organic solutions for red mite infestations are not only effective but also safe for both animals and humans. They also provide a sustainable alternative to traditional chemical pesticides, which can be harmful to the environment. With the help of research, organic solutions such as Alphamites DW and Nor-Mite Liquid are becoming more widely available to poultry farmers and backyard chicken keepers, helping to improve the health and well-being of chickens while also protecting the environment.

In conclusion, red mites infestation is a serious problem for the poultry industry, and it requires farmers to be vigilant, attentive and proactive in order to prevent and control it. The use of good management practices, regular cleaning and inspections, and the use of appropriate mite control products are the most effective ways to combat red mites infestation.

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