UC Riverside entomologists propose pesticide-free method to increase egg production

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In a research paper published online March 18 in the journal Parasitology, Bradley Mullens and colleagues argue that the chicken body louse, also a poultry parasite, can be used to effectively eradicate the mites if egg-producing commercial farms follow a simple, green strategy involving an odd twist on biological control – the science of managing agricultural pests with natural enemies rather than pesticides.

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