Red mite control options always rise to front of the mind as the weather warms up. Fiona Hunt, poultry specialist at Wynnstay, reviews the pros and cons of different control options for use in free range layers.
“Most flocks experience a level of red mite pressure, which can be expected to increase in late spring and summer as temperatures warm-up and conditions are more favourable for breeding,” says Ms Hunt.
She explains that a multifaceted approach is required to control red mite, which should include a pre housing treatment and a planned control method to use once the birds are in, to keep the numbers as low as possible.
“A prescribed medicated treatment may also be appropriate should an infestation arise,” she adds.