Validation of an automated mite counter for Dermanyssus gallinae in experimental laying hen cages

Monique Mul, Johan van Riel, Bastiaan Meerburg, Marcel Dicke, David George, Peter Groot Koerkamp

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Abstract

For integrated pest management (IPM) programs to be maximally effective, monitoring of the growth and decline of the pest populations is essential. Here, we present the validation results of a new automated monitoring device for the poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae), a serious pest in laying hen facilities world-wide. This monitoring device (called an “automated mite counter”) was validated in experimental laying hen cages with live birds and a growing population of D. gallinae. This validation study resulted in 17 data points of ‘number of mites counted’ by the automated mite counter and the ‘number of mites present’ in the experimental laying hen cages. The study demonstrated that the automated mite counter was able to track the D. gallinae population effectively. A wider evaluation showed that this automated mite counter can become a useful tool in IPM of D. gallinae in laying hen facilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-603
JournalExperimental and Applied Acarology
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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