Mosquito problem in chicken coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by FabulousMandy, May 12, 2009.

  1. FabulousMandy

    FabulousMandy Out Of The Brooder

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    The other night when I was battling slugs I opened up my chicken coop to see if any were getting in there, and was horrified to see a cloud of mosquitoes fly out [​IMG]. I'm now looking for a safe mosquito trap or some type of control device that can be safely used inside my coop, like maybe a time-release citronella spray or fogger that is safe for chickens that can be installed inside the coop. I saw something like that on a website a few weeks ago and now I can't find it, which is highly irritating. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your flock are able to eat them is they can see them
     
  3. hyperslug

    hyperslug Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm just learning about chickens but know quite a bit about mosquitoes. This is just a thought and I might run it by chicken people before using it.

    Permethrin used in sprays that are used on clothing (not on skin) to repel ticks and mosquitoes. It is actually an insecticide if I remember correctly and there are variations of it used on plants as well. You might try spraying that on the inside walls and allow it to dry. It can last 6 weeks on clothes even with washings so you probably good for that long before reapplying. I would probably only apply it with no chickens inside until it dries. Available under the brand Sawyer and others, available at Wal-Mart last I looked. Might not keep them all out but may be better than nothing.

    BTW test show Citronella is pretty worthless. There are bug coils (camping section) and Therm-A-Cell which will keep them away but you have to keep them burning to keep repelling.

    Good luck,
    Jeff
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Permethrin can be used on buildings and the chickens themselves for control of mosquitos. Make sure to follow instructions carefully.

    Imp
     
  5. FabulousMandy

    FabulousMandy Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks so much you guys! xo
     
  6. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you had a few ducks just a pair, and put up a small light close to the ground to attract mosquitos, by next day your ducks would be dragging their crops and barely moving from all mosquitos they ate.

    It was hilarious to watch.

    I am not sure if chicken will eat them as effectively but you may try.

    Light is the key.
     
  7. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought chickens LOVED mosquitoes [or however you spell it]. haha
     
  8. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Over on sufficientself.com they have a thread running about mosquitoes. I guess a lot of them use a listerine spray. Yes, the mouthwash. Link is at the bottom of this page.
     
  9. FabulousMandy

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    Quote:I unfortunately have the absolute pickiest chickens on earth. They refuse to eat slugs, snails, earth worms, most green vegetables, (I could go on and on), and won't touch the mosquitoes because eating them would apparently cut in to their sleeping time [​IMG]. I watched them for about 15 minutes to see if they'd eat the nighttime mosquitoes, even with a light, and they wouldn't touch them. All they did was made angry noises at me for disturbing them lol.
     
  10. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try either a pair of Ducks or Guinea Hens
     

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