fleas , Fleas ,,FLEAS

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ga_goat, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. ga_goat

    ga_goat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I first noticed a small flea problem about a month ago , so I moved the chickens out of that pen , dusted them with poultry dust and vasaloene on their combs and ears , then sprayed the pen with 55% malathion properly mixed in a garden sprayer , day 2 same spray , day 3 same spray , day 4 changed to a hose end sprayer of enforcer brand flea control , primary ingredient in it is permethrin used 2 of those 1 per day , then went to the garden sprayer with the permethrin concentrate , that makes 9 days in a row of vigerous spraying and STILL HAVE FLEAS IN THE PEN . bought 50 pound bag of seven dust and am going to turn ths whole ground white in the pen today , ,any other ways besides DE to control these buggers ,, I used it with complete failure 3 years ago so no more DE will come here ,
     
  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe wash out and then spray with products used for dogs that have the P ingredient. I was looking at eco friendly drug sprays that had the P in it,and made my own mix at home with the dogs flea/tick shampoo and some oil.I used this on plants for bug issues. Maybe the straight soap or spray on used for pets would be good.
     
  3. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    You are only killing the adult fleas not their eggs. The eggs do not respond to those chemicals. What you need is a growth regulating hormone like Procor. This hormone prevents the flea eggs from hatching and adults from breeding. It is save around pets and birds and will not stop your birds from laying eggs or reproducing. It only effects bugs. You can find this in pet store and it comes in spray form. Really easy to apply. For outdoors you may want to hire a pesticide company to come and spray with the same product. You are not looking for something that kills them with poison, but something that prevents them from breeding.
    Katharina
     
  4. ga_goat

    ga_goat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we are talking about 200 ft by 125 ft or 2/3 of an acre , local pest control gave me an estimate over the phone of $350. for a 1 time flea treatment on my pens and connected yard , that's out of my range . I am really close to spraying deisel fuel on it and lighting it .
    is there any place to get the Procor in a concentrate to mix myself ?
     
  5. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    They are out of their mind. We had a company come in monthly and spray 1/2 acre for 50 dollars. Was worse the money, because it also took care of ticks. That was also 10 years ago, and we now live in area free or fleas or ticks. Just googled for precor flea treatment and found out that it is availably in liquid concentrate. You may be even able to get it at the local feed store. BTW they now have other grows hormone treatments besides precor. I just know we had it really bad in Maryland. We came over from Germany where you really don't hear anything about fleas. Our two dogs got them in Maryland and infested the house. They were biting the living daylights out of us. My legs were itching like crazy. Not to mention the poor dogs. The Precor treatment took care of it. Just spraying the carpet and they stopped biting within a week. Adding treatment of the yard eliminated it completely.
    Katharina
     
  6. ga_goat

    ga_goat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will probably go with a hormone treatment next spring but i'm fear that with everything i've done already it would null the effect . , Thanks for the info on the precor , I never think to to that search thing on these computers .
     

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