Mites

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by stroudy36, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. stroudy36

    stroudy36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an infestation of mites in coop and on hens I have separated hens from coop for night and sprayed a heavy duty brick cleaner into coop all over and gave a good it contains hydrochloric acid soaking it seemed to work can anyone confirm as I left it for half hour and their were thousands dead how long before hens can re enter can anyone shed some light
     
  2. SilkieNation

    SilkieNation Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, that was a pretty drastic solution to your mite problem seeing how toxic, corrosive and reactive HCL is. What else is in that brick cleaner? I wonder what happens when it gets wet again, or if you use a cleaner that reacts? or if there are little puddles here and there. I'd use some lime in there to neutralize and then clean it well with water and let it dry. I wouldn't put my hens back in there until I was sure all of the brick cleaner was gone and the coop is nice and dry. Chickens are pretty fragile and it just doesn't seem like a chicken-safe material.
     
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  3. stroudy36

    stroudy36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was At my wits ends I wash it all down thoroughly with a hose afterwards and scrubbed it all going again today to respray
     
  4. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple roach bombs would sound safer then brick acid. I had it several years back, and I washed my hens with dawn dish soap, and sprayed the coops down with mint oil mixed with dawn. It solved the problem.
     
  5. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Next time try Neem oil... Completely harmless to chickens, buggies gone.

    I don't know that I would put my chooks back in a place that had toxic corrosive chemicals in it. Not until I clean it right and remove every bit if bedding and repaint and spread Neem and DE with some wood ashes for bathing in...

    Ouch, acid... You must have been REALLY fed up! ;)
     
  6. SilkieNation

    SilkieNation Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not respraying with acid, right?

    Also, you need to treat your birds every week for 3 weeks or so to kill the adult mites and then the eggs and any critters that hatch. And, you need to clean the coop and treat each week that you dust your birds as well. If you don't so these things, the mites will most likely come back. I've used Sevin dust, there's also Garden and Poultry Dust with Permethrin, Ivermectin, Poultry Protector...all of which need to be used carefully, especially around their heads. You can cut the toe end of a pair of panty hose and fill it with the powder, tie it and use it to poof them, getting down into their feathers. Dawn might work, but too much peppermint oil would be irritating and probably even painful from my experience with getting peppermint oil on my skin. Neem could work, but I don't know how you apply it. With all due respect to shortgrass, I do not use DE or wood ash, both of which I believe to be harmful to their respiratory tracts. Many people use these things, and many do not. A dust bath is important though. If they are in a run, make sure they have a good area for that.

    Search the BYC site and you'll find more information. The Chicken Chick shared a link with the U. of Mississippi that provides a list of pesticides you can use, other areas of the site discuss these parasites - http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/pesticides.html

    Whatever you use, use as directed and don't over do it! That may eradicate the mites, but could harm your birds. More is not better! Use just enough to accomplish the task. Mites are awful, but you have to approach this with appropriate products and be absolutely thorough about cleaning and re-dusting. Also, as an aside, I'd give my birds some vitamins and maybe some extra nutrient packed treats to fortify them through this. If they are infested, and if they have been for a while, they could be a bit anemic. You'll want to check them over to be sure their skin is in good shape too, as the mites can cause pretty serious irritation (another reason to be very careful with product application, especially peppermint).

    I'd plan this out a bit and then launch the attack. Good luck and let us know how you do.
     
  7. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Guess I should have clarified, the Neem is for the coop lol, the DE and ash for the chickens ..

    In all actuality, DE AND wood ashes are just as "dusty" as normal "dust", lol, and not as toxic " dusty" as Sevin ;)

    As always, each person is responsible for their own research and choices of control :)

    I agree they need a goo balance vitamins, nutrition is essential especially in situations where immunity may be at risk. Keep the coop clean, give the birds bathing options...no more acid.... Lol ...,good luck ;)
     
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  8. stroudy36

    stroudy36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well it did work so respraying with water to wash down then allowing all to fully dry before chicks go back in
     
  9. SilkieNation

    SilkieNation Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True - but DE has the potential added hazard of irritating/damaging lung tissue as it is crystalline silica, so I don't use it. I also was reading some threads on this site about the ash, and it seems it could be hazardous because it is such a fine dust. Seems someone's chickens all had respiratory issues that were likely caused by bathing in ash. I also wonder about ash since there's often more than just pure wood that's burned - like burned paper residues. But, lots of people use these materials without problems.
     
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