The Red Mite: do you know your enemy?

Agridirect.ie discusses red mite infestation and offers poultry farmers some advice on the best treatments for this common pest.

Knowing your enemy

The ancient Chinese general, Sun Tzu, reminds us that in order to defeat your enemy, you must understand him. That philosophy holds true in our efforts to overcome the pesky red mite that infests our poultry houses. In this week’s second blog entry, we want to discuss Dermanyssus gallinae, commonly known as the red mite, and consider what steps we can take to vanquish this great scourge of the poultry farmer.

The warm summer months have facilitated an explosion in mite numbers. At this time of year, the free-range poultry man or woman will notice fowl trying to kick sand or dry earth through their feathers. This is a sure sign that the bird is suffering from skin parasites, and the red mite is always one of the likeliest culprits.

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Managing rodent infestation: plan now, succeed later

With the good weather providing ideal breeding conditions, Agridirect.ie talks rodent infestation, managing it, and making a plan to prevent it.

Perfect breeding conditions

Over the weekend, temperatures hit 30 degrees in some parts of the country. These scorching hot days in July may seem like a strange time to talk about pests and pest control. But in reality, the surge in temperatures should encourage us to plan for a possible infestation down the line. While we might not want to think about mice and rats as we work through hay and turf season, or break out the barbecue in the evenings, it is worth bearing in mind that these balmy conditions offer up perfect breeding conditions for rodents.

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