Originally Posted by chippysmom327
Someone I know had a lice problem, and asked me what I used because DE would NOT get rid of the lice, even if they thoroughly "scrubbed" the birds with DE every day. I suggested sevin, and they said that it did the trick immediately.
Thank you @emorems0
for bringing how harmful this product is to everyone's attention. I'm one of those people who likes to do everything holistically, and herbs are a huge part of my bird keeping practices. I always try herbal remedies before going out and buying medicine.
That being said, I just thought to myself "If DE doesn't work, and sevin is unsafe, then what are we supposed to use?" Then it hit me: essential oils
. Bugs hate peppermint. Maybe by putting a few drops of peppermint essential oil under the vent/under the wings and rubbing it in could eradicate the lice. I don't have lice right now, but is there anyone out there that has lice and peppermint essential oil and is willing to try it?
Edit: Googled it, and ACV kills lice. They also don't like Tea Tree Oil. Maybe a tea tree/peppermint oil blend will help?
I don't know why I didn't think of peppermint oil! We use EOs on ourselves all the time, but I always forget about using them on our animals. Peppermint is really strong to put right on the skin, when I use it on us I dilute in olive oil or coconut oil so it doesn't burn... I would think you would want to do the same for animals. I wish I would have thought of this before I bought the poultry dust at TSC... maybe I'll try the EOs first and see how they do. The nest boxes are big problem areas for us (I assume, since only the hens seem to be really affected), I think I'll clean them out today and spray down with peppermint/TTO in some water or alcohol. One of my big concerns about using chemicals was leaving a film/dusting on the eggs and the EOs will alleviate that problem.
Originally Posted by Auroradream26
I posted this a page or so back but I'll post it again since everyone's talking about bugs.
2 Oz water
2 Oz white vinegar
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
Seems to work really well but it doesn't make a whole lot. I quadrupled it last time I made it and it covered a good bit but I ran out of lavender oil lol.
Great recipe, thank you! I don't know if I have all of those oils, we go through eucalyptus really fast in the winter and I'm not sure I re-stocked and I know our lavender is almost out because I needed it last week for sunburn!
Palo Santo is a really good one for bugs too... it's one of the best for killing ticks.