I have a question about getting rid of the mites on the walls of my coop. I did not paint the inside of the coop. I have sprinkled DE on the chickens, coop floor, nesting box and in their run. The problem has been getting better. Should I make a whitewash with the DE and paint the walls? How often should you do this to prevent the mites from coming back. I am in the New England area and it is getting colder. Will the mites eventually die or will the eggs go into hybernation and re-hatch? Tomorrow I am going to replace all the bedding and hose and scrub the coop.