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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

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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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