UK - Signs of red mite can include bird restlessness, pale combs, loss of feathers and blood spots on eggs. With a risk of egg production being affected, there would undoubtedly be an economic loss.
calendar icon 27 September 2012
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Some poultry farmers regard treating red mite as an expense to be avoided. Perhaps because they think they won’t get red mite, or they haven’t quantified the potential economics losses.

If, for example, one egg per week per bird at peak production was lost due to the effect of red mite, the cost per egg on average was six and a half pence; a typical 12000 free-range layer unit could lose just under £800.

There are many red mite control products on the market, however, FOSSILSHIELD is a non-toxic diatomaceous earth and is unique in its ability to accept an electrostatic charge due to its high resistance to moisture. As the mite attempt to remove FOSSILSHIELD from their skin, the powder begins to scratch away their waxy outer layer, exposing the fatty tissue underneath. The powder then dries this tissue, killing the insect naturally.

The FOSSIL SHIELD + PCS Poultry Services professional on-site service provides an electrostatic charge application allowing the powder to grip and wrap around different surfaces & materials, vertical or horizontal, and provides an easier treatment solution to areas that are awkward to reach by hand.

There is no active ingredient in Fossil Shield for the mite to build up a resistance and can be used turnaround after turnaround.

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