Mosquitoes in the coup!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by meflint1989, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. meflint1989

    meflint1989 Out Of The Brooder

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    What can I do about mosquitoes in my chicken coup?!
     
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Mosquitos love damp -- and open, standing water. What sort of waterer are you using? Nipple waterers are the most effective at addressing water leakage causing dampness in the coop and don't provide any open/standing water to draw the insects in. What is the area surrounding your coop like - any damp/swampy areas or containers with standing water (as little as a teaspoon)?
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    In my setting it is not practical to limit habitat for aquatic life stages as they can fly from outside areas I can treat. Therefore most of my birds have to just deal with it.

    A trick I have played with might be worth considering. Modify coop to operate like an arm pit which is a good scent trap. Make so birds in what approximates an inverted bowl where the roost is in the upper part of the volume. Then make so the repellent goes up into bowl where it is not dissipated as quickly.
     
  5. GGBEAR

    GGBEAR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are you guys all from the US as I don't seem to have this issue and I have chickens and ducks living together and at times it gets really damp from weather and.that I'm from.uk
     
  6. barred2rock

    barred2rock Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could always hang a bug zapper with a mosquito bait, high enough the birds can't touch it. Turn it on at dusk for an hour or two. The chicks will have a nice snack when they get up in the morning. :drool
     
  7. jeria

    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try finding all natural vanilla scents from probably a natural food store. Chemical scents are not good for birds.
     

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