Parasitology Research

, Volume 110, Issue 2, pp 623–627 | Cite as

Treatment with a neem seed extract (MiteStop®) of beetle larvae parasitizing the plumage of poultry

  • Volker Walldorf
  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
  • Saleh Al-Quraishy
  • Khaled A. S. Al-Rasheid
  • Fathy Abdel-Ghaffar
  • Julia Mehlhorn
Orignal Paper


Beetles of the species Alphitobius diaperinus, Dermestes bicolor, and Dermestes lardarius may transmit severe agents of diseases on poultry and may in addition harm as larvae the skin and feathers thus leading to severe economic losses. The present study deals with a control measurement using a neem seed extract (MiteStop®) being diluted with tap water. It was shown that spraying of a 1:33 dilution kills both larvae and adults of these part-time parasites as was previously shown for other parasites such as mites, ticks, and blood sucking or biting insects.


Beetle Species Hind Wing Adult Beetle Young Chick Neem Seed Extract 
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Hereby, we gratefully acknowledge the support by the Center of Excellence of the College of Science of the King Saud University at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Volker Walldorf
    • 1
  • Heinz Mehlhorn
    • 1
    Email author
  • Saleh Al-Quraishy
    • 2
  • Khaled A. S. Al-Rasheid
    • 2
  • Fathy Abdel-Ghaffar
    • 3
  • Julia Mehlhorn
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of ParasitologyHeinrich Heine University DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyCollege of Science, King Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyFaculty of Science, Cairo UniversityGizaEgypt
  4. 4.C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain ResearchHeinrich Heine University DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

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