Poultry Red Mite Control

Top Tips for Controlling Red Mite in Poultry

Control of red mite in poultry is critical as even relatively small mite populations can have a significant impact on bird welfare and operation productivity.

  1. Red mite powders and liquids are effective repellent combinations to be applied to poultry as a proactive on-bird deterrent to infestation or to rectify an existing problem
  2. The best time to treat the birds is during the evening, because red mite are nocturnal and so feed on the birds as they roost at night
  3. Do not apply to birds under seven days old, and apply sparingly to small birds
  4. A red mite infestation may cause eggs to be stained red with crushed mites or mite faeces, a decrease in egg production or pale coloured yokes
  5. The risks of red mite infestation can be reduced by a complete and effective farm hygiene programme

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