Androlis Pro & Taurrus Pro

Natural predators of red mite to protect laying hens

The predators Androlis and Taurrus are predatory mites of red mites (Dermanyssus gallinae). They are naturally present in all bird nests to protect birds from their parasites. These predatory mites are used in laying hens and breeding hens for the biocontrol of red mite.

Androlis Pro and Taurrus Pro kit

The Androlis Pro and Taurrus Pro predatory mites are implanted in the farm to prevent and counter red mite populations. The first releases must be made quickly after the hens have been placed in the building. Androlis Pro and Taurrus Pro buckets are used in combinations called Kits. We use 1 kit for 1500 hens for a complete release. After the first complete release, half releases can be carried out regularly at the rate of 1 kit for 3000 hens. Upon receipt; open the buckets and distribute the predatory mites contained in their substrate by hand. Spread these on the gratings, in the nests and on the resting areas of the hens (perches and borders).

In buildings heavily infested with red mites, it is advisable to start the establishment of predatory mites early and to repeat the releases. After one or two years of using Androlis and Taurrus the number of releases needed to control red mites decreases. Predatory mites are able to survive in the building for several weeks and act on all stages of red mite. It is possible to combine predators with other means of control. Consult us for advice.

Androlis Pro & Taurrus Pro are living products, composed of auxiliaries for biological control and can therefore be used in organic or conventional agriculture.

Protection of nests and plates

Red mites like to congregate in areas near chickens and stay hidden there. Often the plates of the nests, the edges of carpets and the metal structures of these nests offer excellent refuges for red mites. In order to prevent or control these aggregates in these areas, it is necessary to combine the release of predatory mites in buckets with the Androlis diffusion sachets. Integrate the sachets into your control protocols and renew the sachets regularly (every 6 weeks depending on infestation).

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