I have 5 hens in an 8 by 9 foot wooden coop, with a 12 by 12 foot outdoor run. I recently discovered mites, and after cleaning out the coop and dusting both the coop and the hens, i am now wondering what to do next? How long before we can eat the eggs again? Does the pesticide in the dusting powder just go away? Or will i need to clean the coop again in a few weeks to get rid of the powder/residue? (Would i need to hose it down to completely rid the coop of the powder or is it ok to just leave it?) i also noticed mites on their combs, which i covered with petroleum jelly. I covered their legs with petroleum jelly as well, just in case. I am not sure what else i can do? And how can i prevent mites in the first place? I definitely do not want to dust on a regular basis, because even with a mask i still developed lung congestion. I have heard the deep litter method prevents mites, but thats what i was using before the mites. I also have heard that using a dust bath with sand/DE/wood ash helps? But according to the lady at the feed store, nothing works beside the dusting powder. There is so much information out there it is quite confusing! I also have a problem with one hen bullying one other hen i have put the bully hen in a crate for now. Any advice on that topic also appreciated! Thanks!!