Mites again!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by purpletree23, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The last time (and first time) I had mites I pulled out all the stops and cleaned and sprayed and dusted and bug bombed the heck out of my coop. Took everything out. Sprayed, dried in the sun and put everything back. Took me almost all day.

    Well the little nasty things are back. [​IMG] Has anyone tried Revap? Can my BYC friends tell me how you used it and if you had success getting rid of the mites and what you used?

    Because of the temps here in NH I won't be able to dip my little darlings. How does a good dusting with a mixture of poultry dust, DE and wood ashes sound?

    Anyone have any extra nuclear waste laying around? Maybe a flame thrower they could rent out? [​IMG]
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    lol, sounds like your having a time of it! all you did i didnt hear dustind the chickens. i only use 5-sevin dust and i shake it on everything. the cracks of the coop including raising any lids on wood, the chickens, if something is laying around in there i get it too.nesting boxes. im sorry, i dont know of the medicine you speak of
     
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your input. I appreciate it. I heard about Revap at a chicken swap but I don't know of anyone who's tried it.

    You know what? I just googled Revap and what I found is not what I'm talking about. Arrrrrrgh no wonder there aren't more posts to my question. [​IMG]

    It is called Revap. Has anyone tried it?


    Ravap[​IMG] E.C.

    Bayer Animal Health


    Livestock, Poultry & Premise Insecticide Spray
    Contains 30% Rabon & 5.7% Vapona to control face & horn fly, lone star ticks & lice (including tail lice) on lactating dairy cattle & beef cattle. Also to control lice & mites in poultry. As a livestock spray, mix 2-5 oz in 3 gal of mineral oil. Not for use on calves under 6 months of age. No slaughter withdrawal. Do not use on Brahman or Brahman-cross cattle of any age.


    Poultry Use Directions

    Use
    Insect Dilution • Ravap
    in Water
    Remarks
    Caged
    Chickens Lice &
    Mites 1 gal. in 50 gal.
    or
    5 oz. in 2 gal. Apply 1 gal. of dilution/100 birds under high pressure (no less than 100-125 psi) to the vent and fluff areas from below. Repeat when necessary; however, not more often than every 14 days. For individual bird treatment, apply one ounce of dilution per bird.
    Chickens
    on Litter Lice &
    Mites 1 gal. in 50 gal.
    or
    5 oz. in 2 gal. Apply 1-2 gal. of dilution/1000 sq. ft. evenly with penetration of litter surface. Also apply thoroughly to walls, roosts, cracks and crevices. Spray birds as above. Treat roosters carefully to avoid reinfestation of breeding flocks.
    Roost
    Paint Lice &
    Mites
    1 gal. in 25 gal.
    or
    5 oz. in 1 gal. Apply 1 pt. of dilution/100 ft of roost area with brush or spray.
    Poultry
    Buildings Fowl Tick
    (Blue Bug) 1 gal. in 25 gal.
    or
    5 oz. in 1 gal. Apply 1 gal. of dilution/100-150 sq. ft. to thoroughly cover walls, ceilings, floors, cracks and crevices using high pressure spray.
     
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  4. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    hehehe, im having one of those days too ! for the past month or more that is.lol sevin dust is cheep, cheep
     
  5. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hang in there granny hatchet. Things will look up soon. Keep thinking positive.

    Tomorrow I'll dust everyone with sevin and clean the coop and cross my fingers. [​IMG] Thanks a bunch!
     
  6. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    hope it works out this time would retreat in 2 weeks just to be on the safe side[​IMG]
     
  7. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Ive used Ravap EC for years in rotation with permethrin emulsified concentrates like Gardstar EC or Permectrin II as a premise treatment. I have not had to treat birds for mites in many years. Treating the coop prevents having to treat the birds.
     
  8. HomeSnail

    HomeSnail Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm having the same issue. The "natural spray" didn't seem to work for me. But it hasn't fully eradicated them all. I have only 2 hens left out of 13 still with mites.
     
  9. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    The key to eliminating mites/lice is to treat the birds and the coop. Clean all old litter and dust out of the coop and nests, sanitize with Oxine AH mixture, let dry, then, according to label directions, mix up Ravap or Gardstar 40% EC (both labeled for use on and around poultry) with the required amount of water, and spray the walls, floors, roosts, nests, cracks, and crevices until runoff. This will create a 30 day residual unlike dusts, and other treatments. Let the coop dry and put in new shavings. Mites and lice will be nonexistent as well as their eggs. I do this about 3-4 times a year. Birds are all healthy.
     
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  10. zyklonbetty

    zyklonbetty Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a terrible bout with them concerning a few chickens from a swap last month. Good thing I had them quarantined of I have no idea what I would have done (had it spread to my 50+ flock.)

    I generally try to do everything as "natural" as possible and in this case- I found the trick that worked for me.

    1) Like you already did and every has said: cleaned the entire coop, washed/dried.vacuumed etc.

    2) Covered every possible surface with (food grade) DE

    Put down a small amount of cedar shavings (in small amounts it will not hurt the birds, but the mites do not like it.)

    3) sprayed a (home made) concoction of clove, peppermint and cottonwood oils with a small amount of SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate.)

    I also gave them dust baths against their will for a few days until they learned to just enjoy it :)

    This was pretty constant for about 2 weeks, but we are now good to go :)
    Hope any of this helps :)
     

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