Poultry Mites : Ubiquitous, Spreading, and Still a Growing Threat

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-265
Journal / PublicationAvian Diseases
Issue number3
Online published26 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


Poultry mites continue to be a major threat to poultry meat and egg production all over the world, with some species being blood-feeding arthropods that spend most of their time off-host and others burrowing under the bird's skin. Regardless of feeding strategy, these mites create welfare issues and production losses in poultry production systems in terms of bird growth, egg quality, and egg quantity. Furthermore, some species are able to transmit pathogens, introducing secondary infections that affect the birds' development and survival. Because of national restrictions on acaricide use and the development of mite resistance to available control products, the eradication of poultry mites is far from being achieved. However, new drugs and a better understanding of mite genetic and transcriptomic factors should aid the development of new control and treatment strategies. This review focuses on the main poultry mite species, their significance, and their current and future control.

Research Area(s)

  • Acaricides, Animals, Chickens, Mite Infestations/veterinary, Mites, Poultry, Poultry Diseases/drug therapy