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Mites in House

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jpoe001, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. jpoe001

    jpoe001 New Egg

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    Our rooster was attacked by a fox last week. I brought him into the basement while he healed. He is recovering fine but while in the house I noticed he had a bad mite infestation (Northern Fowl Mite). I treated him and the rest of the hens yesterday, but I'm worried my house in now infested. Noticed some bites on my legs this morning. Please help with any and all suggestions. Any experience is relevant.
     
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  2. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Get yourself some Ravap EC/ Permectrin II, or Atroban 11% EC and a yard and garden sprayer. Remove the birds from the coop and don't give them access to it while doing this. Clean out all coop litter from floors and nests. Either bag the old shavings or put them in a garbage can where you can haul it out and dump it in a field, then spray the heck out of it, or spray it with the mixed product in large construction waste bags, and haul it to the landfill. Shop Vac or sweep out dust. The product will be mixed according to label directions in your sprayer, and follow safety guidelines. Spray down the coop focusing on all cracks, crevices, under, on top, and sides of roosts, floors, walls, nest boxes, and yes, even the ceiling. Let the product dry. Laying a leaf blower at the entrance to blow in the coop will dry it quicker. Otherwise just leave all windows open and let it air out.

    When product has dried, lay new shavings on the coop floor and nests and you can let treated birds back in the coop. All those products mentioned above can also be used directly on the birds. Here is a link for more info:
    http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/MF2387.pdf
     
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  3. jpoe001

    jpoe001 New Egg

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    Thanks. I think I took care of the coop, but I am worried they might be in my house.
     
  4. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, you aren't warm enough for them to survive on you, or the family cat or dog. Wash all clothes you wore that day and spray the outside of your boots/shoes. I have one pair of rubber boots I wear out to the coops and yards. I have a covered disinfectant tub I can dip my feet in between yards. If you are really concerned, bomb your house with one of those can foggers.
     
  5. jpoe001

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    Thanks. There seems to be some debate about whether the Northern Fowl mite infests people's houses and lives off human hosts. I still feel the creepy feeling of bugs crawling on me and noticed a few bites.
     
  6. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    They're coming to get you and take over every inch of your house. [​IMG]
    I wouldn't worry. I had a badly infested hen once. I took her in the house and had to shower her entire vent area to remove thousands of them. I never had an infestation in the house due to that instance. If it will ease your anxiety about any in your house, just use an Adam's Plus fogger.
     
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  7. jpoe001

    jpoe001 New Egg

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    Thanks. You were right, it was just anxiety from seeing all those mites.
     
  8. mg15

    mg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I am going to use the Atroban 11% tomorrow. I ordered it from Valley Vet. They did not know about any egg withdrawl period. From Valley Vet I went to Merck, I talked with them and they didn't know, they told me to call FARAD http://www.farad.org/about/iabout.asp. the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank. I have called there, BUT have to wait for them to return the call about The Atroban 11% for the mites on my chickens and whether there is a withdrawl. No one seems to know about this. Do you know the effects of Atroban 11% EC this is a petroleum product so it does have residue. What about the eggs, the chickens, effects. Thank you so much.
    MG
     
  9. Porch Chickens

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    The mites won't live ON a person, but they can get into your home and bite you and drive you almost insane. Bird mites infest homes all the time, usually from nests near windows or other openings. I'm pretty sure the mites my hens get come from the zillions of sparrows that live in our hedge and spend time in the coop swiping food pellets dropped by the hens. The mites are hens have look like tiny black dots. Each time my chickens have had mites, we have noticed bites on ourselves first and felt things crawling in our hair and on our bodies after handling them or going in the coop. Things that kill fleas won't kill the mites, and this includes DE, which has been shown work well on things like fleas and roaches but limited usefulness on mites. If you feel they are in your hair, lice shampoo takes care of it. For the house lots of washing of clothing and sheets and a pesticide that says it will kill mites specifically.
    MOST HOUSEHOLD FOGGERS WILL NOT KILL MITES!!!
     
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  10. Pokeyma

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    I am having a horrible "miites in my house" infestation from my chickens. This is my second year of having chickens and as a novice I have done many things right as well as wrong. The Big wrong was having the coop too close to the house. Now I have mites in the house that have multiplied to all areas of the house, all beds, soft furniture and my dogs. I was casual this last summer about going from the coop back into the house and the mites traveled with me. Usually I took off shoes at the back door but what ever crawled on my skin from contact with the chickens was still with me. I picked up my favorite chicken most days and held her for awhile. I couldn't regret it more! The chickens are no longer friendly or laying and my former favorite has a pale comb and poor feathering. My dogs and I are bothered by the crawlies which we breathe and feel in ears and skin. I'm not bitten often anymore but I have no peace in my home from the bugs.
     

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