How to get rid of mites?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Berkley, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. Berkley

    Berkley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed yesterday that some of my chickens had either pulled out some feathers, or maybe fought and some came out? I haven't seen any mites, but it got me worried. Can anyone give me any ideas on how to prevent or get rid of them? All I have been able to find is info on DE, and I have used it in the past to treat my garden, and it didn't work. I used it to treat my yard for fleas many times, and it didn't work at all. I ended up getting seven dust and treating my dogs with front line. I was just wondering what other methods people use?
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    My first choice is 5% Sevin dust applied to the vent area and under the wings.
    Cabaryl, Malathion and Permethrin are other choices.

    2 treatments are necessary.
     
  3. MeepBeep

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  4. Berkley

    Berkley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advice. Has anyone ever used boric acid? I read on a website about using it, but they didn't give directions. I know that stuff is deadly to pests, so I wouldn't want to just use it without knowing how. I think they put it in their dust bath, but I figure they would inhale it then.
     
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  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I've only used boric acid for roaches and ants. I wouldn't use it on chickens and moreover, when Sevin and the other things mentioned have been proven over and over to do the job, you don't have to reinvent the wheel.
     
  6. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    One thing to keep in mind about feather loss this time of year is chickens often start molting in fall. But it always is a good idea to check for pests just in case. For Northern Fowl Mite you would look for worn feathers and it would be dirty around the base of the feathers due to the mite waste. The red mite only climbs on at night to feed, so you would find some feather loss and dermatitis and mites on the roost at night. I recently learned about an active ingredient called Spinosad that actually has been used in the poultry industry for years but is also an active ingredient in pesticides approved for organic gardening. It is not quite as easily found as Sevin (which I have also used in the past).
    You can check out this thread if you are interested in learning more: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ken-mite-infestation-that-works#post_14147533
     

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