Traps made by rectangular pieces of 3 mm thick corrugated cardboard of four different sizes, 200 by 140 (A), 140 by 100 (B), 100 by 70 (C), and 200 by 40 mm (D), were evaluated as a sampling device for the chicken mite, Dermanyssus gallinae (De Geer). Mites were trapped during 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 d, respectively, in a poultry house heavily infested with the parasite. Significantly greater numbers of mites were collected by trap B. Additionally, significantly more mites were collected during the sampling periods 6–10 d than by 2 and 4 d. However, with regard to trap size and sampling period, trap C, used for 2 d, collected significantly more mites per day and trap area than any of the other traps. Therefore, such a trap was suggested for monitoring population trends of chicken mites in poultry houses. The larger traps contained significantly higher numbers of mites per trap and may therefore be feasible to use in alternative, nonchemical control programs. Optimum sample size, or number of traps required to monitor population trends of D. gallinae, was also calculated. At a relative variability of 20%, and at densities of 2,000-20,000 mites per trap, ≈11–16 of trap B and 11–19 of trap C would be adequate to monitor mites.
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