Biology and Economic Importance of the Chigger Neoschongastia Americana1 on Turkeys2
Authors: KUNZ, SIDNEY E.; PRICE, MANNING A.; GRAHAM, O. H.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 62, Number 4, August 1969 , pp. 872-875(4)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:Neoschongastia Americana (Hirst) produces skin lesions on turkeys which may cause the birds to be downgraded at marketing with considerable economic loss. In Texas, chigger larvae are active from May to October in tight, heavy clay soils which crack when dry. Larval feeding on the bird may continue as long as 15 days but usually lasts 8-10 days. Twenty-five to 30 lesions 5 mm or larger in diameter are common on untreated birds. Observations on the development of and healing of lesions indicate that an acaricide must be effective for at least 4 weeks prior to processing the turkeys to prevent economic loss.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 1969
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