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Mites

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by worms7, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can i spray my shed for mites with a mix of water/bleach say 10/1 ratio spray the gaps in the wood &
    Let dry
    Cheers Phil
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Yes
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Why not permethrin? Bleach disinfects clean surfaces, is a respiratory irritant until dry, and will then have no effect on bugs. Mary
     
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  4. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anybody used the smoke bomb for red mite
    Cheers Phil
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    No.

    Respiratory irritant....and might not get into cracks and crevices.
    Do you have birds in the coop and mites in the structure?
    Go with the permethrin spray.....I would assume you could get something like that over there?
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1134783/permethrin-spray
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    @Yorkshire Coop , what do folks in the UK use to treat mites?
     
  7. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    @Worms7 I'm afraid bleach will do nothing other than clean your coop. I declare war on them by using "Total mite kill" spray in the coop. Remove anything that you can i.e. Perches, nest box dividers etc. Get all the bedding out, I'm OCD and go one step further and use an old vac in the coop :oops: I give the coop a really good spray with the mite kill and leave to dry. Once dry I dip the end of the perches in a mite and louse powder before replacing. I also spread the powder in the bedding and underneath the perches.

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    It Contains: Permethrin 2.3%, Tetramethrin 0.23%, Benzalkonium chloride.

    I would check the coop every three days to see if any eggs have hatched, if so treat again. I'm afraid it can be a constant battle against them and regular treatment really is the key especially as we head into spring.
     
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  8. Cluck Cluck Hen

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    I had them a couple of years ago and used diatomaceous earth and have not had them since. After cleaning the coop I rub the whole coop down with the DE making sure to get in the cracks etc. I also sprinkle this on the ground in and around the coop.
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    @Cluck Cluck Hen, welcome to BYC!
     

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