Exactly how long can red mite live in coop without chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by joebatty, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. joebatty

    joebatty Just Hatched

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    My coop's been empty for around 6 months. The question is: How long can red mite live in a coop, without a chicken as a host?
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see anything in that blog post about how long mites can live without avian blood. I don't know that answer either tho.

    Not sure I buy the holistic approach to eliminating a mite infestation cited there either.

    The thought of dousing a coop with garlic oil mixed with other aromatics makes me want some fresh air.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    After some googling, most places say 6-9 months.

    Of course if wild birds have access to inside of coop, that is null and void as they are often carriers.
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

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    I have read they can survive 6-8 months between feeds.
     

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