Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dave George
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© 2015, The Author(s). 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.
Author(s): Mul MF, van Riel JW, Meerburg BG, Dicke M, George DR, Groot Koerkamp PWG
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Experimental and Applied Acarology
Print publication date: 01/08/2015
Online publication date: 23/05/2015
Acceptance date: 30/04/2015
Date deposited: 25/07/2019
ISSN (print): 0168-8162
ISSN (electronic): 1572-9702
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
PubMed id: 26002308
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