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Life Cycle of Mites/Lice?

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Does anyone know/understand the life cycle of mites/lice? I was wondering if I left a coop void of chickens for a month would that break the life cycle of the mites/lice?
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It depends on the species. I know some can go months without a blood meal. They will also be carried in by wild animals as well as any new birds you get.

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It depends on the species. I know some can go months without a blood meal. They will also be carried in by wild animals as well as any new birds you get.

Agreed

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, Champagne D'Argent and American Sable rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken/rabbit care, showing and showmanship!

 

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
 Then leaf subsides to leaf

As Eden sank to grief...
Nothing gold can stay.
--Robert Frost

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, Champagne D'Argent and American Sable rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken/rabbit care, showing and showmanship!

 

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
 Then leaf subsides to leaf

As Eden sank to grief...
Nothing gold can stay.
--Robert Frost

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I'd spray the coop WELL with a strong bleach solution. and that should kill any mites present.

After it dries, I'd spray with a Permethrin based "flea" spray to get any eggs that may have survived

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