Lack of prolonged activity of lavender essential oils as acaricides against the poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) under laboratory conditions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-542
Journal / PublicationResearch in Veterinary Science
Volume85
Issue number3
Online published17 Mar 2008
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

        Managing the poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae (De Geer) by conventional means (i.e., synthetic acaricides) has become increasingly problematic. As a possible alternative, research has identified several plant essential oils that are toxic to D. gallinae. However, essential oils are highly volatile and any acaricidal effect they exert could be short-lived in practice. 
        This study investigated the short-lived toxicity of six lavender essential oils to D. gallinae. In sealed Petri-dishes, mites were exposed to filter papers impregnated with essential oil at a concentration of 0.14 mg/cm3. When filter papers were used immediately after impregnation, 66-90% D. gallinae mortality was observed after 24 h, depending upon the essential oil used. If impregnated filter papers were left in a fume cupboard for 24 h prior to use, mortality rates of D. gallinae fell to 11% or less.

Research Area(s)

  • Dermayssus gallinae, Essential oil, Novel control

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Lack of prolonged activity of lavender essential oils as acaricides against the poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) under laboratory conditions. / George, D.R.; Callaghan, K.; Guy, J.H.; Sparagano, O.A.E.

In: Research in Veterinary Science, Vol. 85, No. 3, 12.2008, p. 540-542.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review