New to forum. Need help with gnats.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tweak911, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. tweak911

    tweak911 New Egg

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    Hi, I am new to this forum. It was suggested to me by a friend as being a group with a wealth of knowledge. I live in Nebraska and have just a small amount of chickens, guineas and 2 peacocks. The peacocks are free range, sleeping in trees and the barn at night. Over the past three weeks or so they both have been covered in small, tan colored gnats. The gnats (for lack of a better word) fly, land on their bodies and weave in and around their necks, heads and beaks. They are driving the birds nuts. They are scratching constantly and have no peace. I have tried two dustings of Sevin, Sevin in their dusting spots and even sprayed them with Avon's skin sosoft. They are still there! They dont seem to be bugging the chickens or guineas. Anyone see anything like this or have any ideas on what to do? We are going to have to make a trip to a vet willing to see them soon.
     
  2. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    Dust them with chicken dust. It contains permethrin. Do not put it in their nose or eyes but gently put it on them. I hope this will help a bit. Gloria Jean
     
  3. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    Look for wet spots, that's where the next swarm will be hatched, if your run is damp, add shavings till it dries out.
     

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