The Importance of Biosecurity in Poultry Houses

With the implementation of a proper biosecurity program, in addition to highly effective treatment, red mite infestations can be controlled. Proper control programs have two steps – prevention and treatment. Prevent red mite infestations through biosecurity and hygiene measurement. Should an infestation occur, treat the birds and clean the poultry houses.


Biosecurity Risk Factors

Many factors contribute to the introduction and spread of poultry red mites, but with the implementation of proper biosecurity measures, red mite infestations can be controlled.

KEY FACTORS TO INTRODUCTION OF MITES
Pets Scattering Litter
Hen collecting team Cadaver dump
Road Transport Egg containers and pallets
Feed Bags Egg Trays
Pests and vermin Farmer
Wild birds Outer air
Visitors
Reared Hens Containers and Crates

KEY FACTORS TO DISSEMINATION OF MITES
Pets Feed transport system
Air ventilation currents Cross-belts (manure, eggs, etc.)
Personnel
Pests and vermin Feeding system
Wild birds Material and equipment
Cross-belts (manure, eggs, etc.) Personnel
Personnel Removal of cadavers
Manure aeration Conveyer Belts
Manure belts

Biosecurity
Audit Checklist

To avoid the detrimental effects of a red mite infestation, conduct a farm biosecurity audit. The checklist evaluates protocol measures for various situations, including:

  • Environment
  • Equipment
  • Reared hens
  • Removal of cadavers
  • Visitors and personnel control

See the financial impact of red mites.

The average overall infestation rate of European layer houses is 83 percent.
These infestations damage the productivity of birds and operations with
annual industry losses in the millions.


SEE THE NUMBERS

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Mite Surveillance

There are many methods for monitoring mite infestations that can detect first mites, record population dynamics and help determine when to treat and the effectiveness of treatment. Mite traps are a very effective way for monitoring Poultry Red Mites. Want to know more? Provide your email and an MSD Animal Health representative will get in touch with you.



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