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Table 2 Comparison between numbers of adult female poultry red mites feeding, egg laying, eggs laid per fed mite and mortality using goose blood as a food source and either Parafilm™ M, Baudruche membrane or a combination of either with an overlaid polyester mesh

From: An improved method for in vitro feeding of adult female Dermanyssus gallinae (poultry red mite) using Baudruche membrane (goldbeater’s skin)

Test parameter Parafilm M membranea Baudruche membrane Parafilm M membrane + mesh Baudruche membrane + mesh
Number of mites feeding 16.0 ± 3.6 25.8 ± 4.2 17.5 ± 3.9 13.2 ± 2.7
Total number of eggs laid 16.8 ± 3.7 33.7 ± 5.8 20.5 ± 3.9 17.1 ± 3.8
Eggs/ fed mite 0.87 ± 0.3 1.22 ± 0.04 1.21 ± 0.1 1.27 ± 0.07
Number of dead adult mites after 144 h 0.4 ± 0.24 1.3 ± 0.6 0.7 ± 0.21 0.3 ± 0.21
  1. Mean values are shown with SEM. n = 6 except where stated otherwise
  2. an = 5 due to failure of one device, which led to zero feeding