Mites; bathe AND dust?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Rhett&SarahsMom, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Songster

    May 8, 2008
    not at the same time obviously but we have a mite problem and I have to deal with it NOW.

    I have my DE and bought Sevin today(tax free day. got new tires on the truck too!)
    I am going to strip the coop. Rake the run and then DUST everyone and everything. But is a bath also a necessary step? If it is I am sure my dh will get a kick out of that.

    I just want to nip this in the bud.
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Hi, I don't think a bath is necessary, dusting the birds and the roost is good, and if I had a mite problem, I would spray everything down with home defense or some horse fly spray that has permethrin in it.
  3. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Songster

    May 8, 2008
    ok, stripped coop. Dusted coop HEAVILY with the sevin.
    Then caught each girl and dusted them with the sevin. I had mites on my hand after two of them.

    Then I put them in the still stripped coop and locked them in so I could strip(rake) the run and sevin dust that. I also dug a hole for them and put the rest of the DE in it.

    I am going out soon and will be picking up more sevin. Since I know I am going to have to do this again to make sure they are gone and break their life cycle. Yay me. I was amazed at how good they were about it all.
  4. Mites are hard to get rid of, so I would bathe them using a dog flea shampoo. I would also dust them once, and then again 7-10 days later.
  5. oandrea

    oandrea In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    Dusting with Sevin? Really? That is safe? (asking because I am clueless at this point, researching for future reference)

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