Red mites are the most common ectoparasites of poultry and cause substantial economic damage worldwide. Scientists at the University of Hohenheim have developed a method to combat red mites which utilizes the fact that the mites are sensitive to heat and that the parasite only visits the host at night for feeding and then hides in dark spaces near the host. The method presents hollow, perforated perches as appropriate hiding places where mites in all states of development are killed through thermal treatment. Because of the purely mechanical nature of the process there is no health risk for personnel. Since temperature and speed of the heating device are regulated by a PLC (programmable logic controller), farm workers are free to carry out other tasks while the treatment takes place.
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