In recent years, viruses transmitted by biting midges have become increasingly important to livestock farming in the UK. Thousands of these tiny flies are present on farms across the UK and incursions of bluetongue virus and Schmallenberg virus have a significant economic impact on animal production.
Dr S Burgess, Dr A Nisbet, Dr A Bowman, Dr J Sternberg
12 April 2019
Infestation of laying hen houses with poultry red mites (Dermanyssus gallinae) causes major animal welfare and economic problems for the egg-producing industry worldwide, costing in excess of €231 million per year in the European Union alone in control and production losses.