Poultry Red Mites
Poultry mite treatment | Poultry mite spray | Red mite powderWhat are poultry mites?
Poultry mites or red mites (Dermanyssus gallinae) are a blood-sucking ectoparasite which feeds on chickens, leading to decreased egg production, anaemia, and eventual death if left untreated. As a result, early detection and treatment is vital.
Red mites are becoming increasingly common in Europe, causing significant problems for UK poultry keepers and farmers, especially during the warmer summer months when mite numbers increase more rapidly.
What are the signs to look out for?
Signs that you may have a mite infestation include:
- birds losing condition
- birds being restless at night
- combs and wattles becoming paler through anaemia
- blood spots on eggs
- grey ash-like deposits around perch ends - the mites' waste matter.
Hen houses should ideally be inspected at night with a torch, using a sheet of plain paper to swipe between cracks and crevices to pick up traces of blood. Groups of mites can often be found in perch sockets. It is also advisable to check under birds wings on a weekly basis to maintain control. If you do discover mites, then we recommend that you clean and treat hen-houses and birds immediately before the infestation becomes more widespread.
Poultry mite products
The Poultry Keeper brand is the most popular in the UK and contains a comprehensive range of poultry mite treatments including red mite powder, poultry mite sprays and fumigation devices. Please see below for more information on all our products.