MAJOR LICE Infestation in my Yard!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by IroquoisEgg, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

    367
    2
    111
    May 30, 2010
    Fair Oaks, CA
    Okay guys need some help with this one-

    My chickens had lice I noticed a few weeks ago, eradicated the problem-or so I thought. Turned over a bowl that had been laying in the yard yesterday, it had been there for a while...and millions of tiny bugs were underneath! I poured Louse dust on them and then stamped all over them with my foot. I continued to inspect the yard and see they are EVERYWHERE!! They are the exact same bugs that were on my chickens. Tiny Straw colored with almost a tinier black spot in the middle. What do I do? Malathion the yard? Won't that hurt the girls?? I have a 1/3 acre and trying to dust it would cost hundreds of dollars. But they are literally on every square inch. It makes me itch just writing about it. Please help!!
     
  2. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Buy a bottle of liquid Sevin, mix it with several gallons of water according to the directions on the bottle, and spray everything, yard and coop. If you see them on the chickens again, mix a five gallon container half full and dip them one at a time, starting with the rooster, into it.
     
  3. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

    367
    2
    111
    May 30, 2010
    Fair Oaks, CA
    OKay- liquid Sevin. do I let it dry completely before allowing the chickens back in the yard? Will it hurt my Tomatoes or Roses, Trees etc....I don't have Tractor Supply here. Would a good Feed & Tack have it there? I wasn't aware they could live on the ground like that. It's so gross.
     
  4. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Sevin won't hurt anything no matter what you do. There will be anti-chemical anythingers coming on any minute arguing about that, but...
     
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    23,342
    1,242
    448
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Yes. Liquid sevin would be the way to go in this instance. You can get everything you need at a home improvement store or walmart. You need a sprayer and a bottle of the liquid sevin, follow the directions on the label for spraying your yard. It wont hurt your roses, tomatos etc...I use sevin dust on vegetables and roses. As a matter of fact you can get a canister of sevin dust as well and dust inside your chicken house, roosts and nests. Repeat dusting in 10 days. I'd repeat the liquid sevin spray on your yard in 10 days as well, and dont forget to do your chickens again in 10 days.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    20,149
    299
    401
    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    If you have vegetables or fruits, you need to use an insecticide that is okay for that; sevin is, although there are others as well. If you don't have fruits and vegies, then almost any insecticide will be fine. Yes, keep all animals out of the yard until the product dires. Malathion is fine as are permethrin or pyrethins. THere are also insecticides that give long lasting protection that you should consider; check in the flea/tick section of the pet store and you should find several sprays designed for using on yards and animal housing.

    However, lice will not live off the birds, so you almost certainly have mites. Possibly chiggers or other nasties.
     
  7. Mark & Nique

    Mark & Nique Chillin' With My Peeps

    235
    0
    99
    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    Hi charitysteel,

    I don't think you have lice; they cannot live without a host. I agree with the posting above (by Sonoran Silkies) regarding chiggers, mites, or another pest, but not lice.

    Good luck!
     
  8. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

    367
    2
    111
    May 30, 2010
    Fair Oaks, CA
    Thanks all for the great advice. I am going out tomorrow to get the stuff. As for tonight, researching if I in fact have the dreaded mite. Must be I'm thinking cause the lice won't live off of the chickens. We don't have chiggers here, my parents in tennessee do so I know what those are. UGH. SIGH. Thanks again.
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    20,149
    299
    401
    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Check with a local plant nursery or your county extension office--they will know what bugs are in your area and can likely name the specific one and best treatment based upon your description.
     
  10. ejctm

    ejctm Chillin' With My Peeps

    466
    5
    131
    Apr 25, 2009
    VILLAGE IN THE SHIRES
    One thing to think about would be after treatment, there will be a large number of dead insects about the yard, as the insecticide will kill everything, harmful or harmless. If your chooks eat the dead insects, will they get poisoned by the insecticide in the insect?

    I would try and identify the bugs first, before destroying them as they might be a seasonal outbreak that is harmless and will pass.

    Just my tuppeneth [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by