Newb questions about bedbugs and ringworm fungus...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Intheswamp, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    Howdy. "Newb Warning!" here. [​IMG]

    I was reading in Damerow's "The Chicken Health Handbook" and under the "External Parasites" chapter read "The most common bug that affects chickens is the bedbug."

    I'm still debating the pro's and con's of starting a flock of chickens and the prospect of bringing bedbugs into the house throws a bit of cold water on things. Does bedbug infestations occur as often as Damerow seems to imply? With half-way decent management are they, along with lice and mites, easy to control/kill? (I say "half-way decent management" because I would be a rank novice and I'm sure my knowledge and experience would be lacking to begin with).

    One reason I'm very concerned of causing an infestation that might enter into our home is that we had a "cat explosion" several years back that resulted in several instances of ring-worms.[​IMG] We've finally gotten the cats under control and I don't want to suddenly be faced with another blight of some kind.

    This brings us to the situation of ringworms in chickens...I know that chickens can contract ringworm fungus, but how *easily* do they contract it from contaminated soil? How long would the fungus live in the soil, etc., after the cats are gone?

    Just trying to do my homework here. Thanks for any an all replies!
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2009
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    While I'm no expert-I can honestly say that I have NEVER heard about bedbugs from chickens. Or chickens with bed bugs for that matter. Also go no answer for your re: the ringworm. My only parasite infestation has been lice--and they got brought in by the small birds that nest in my barn. A pain, but easily controlled.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    What miss_thenorth said.
    Never heard of that either.Do you suppose they mean bugs in the bedding rather than literally "bedbugs"?

    Imp- itching now
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Maybe they meant mites.
  5. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    Nope, it was the first external parasite noted in the chapter and "The most common bug that affects chickens is the bedbug." is a direct quote. It goes on to describe the bug and it's feeding procedure....which describes bedbugs pretty good....even has a line drawing of a bedbug.

    Seems I recall reading a message where someone stated that a particular chicken book had some "iffy" statements in it. Maybe it's this book. ??? Seems like a pretty good book overall, though, but...what does a newb know? [​IMG]

    Thanks for the feedback!
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:You may now know more than the other 25,000 of us combined.

  7. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    My brother had bedbugs once when he came home from a trip, got them in his luggage in the hotel apparently. Called me wanting some DE , gave him some and he got rid of the bed bugs. I've never heard of them on chickens. But if so, keep some DE in your coop and run and you should be fine.

  8. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    Nope, Imp. I certainly don't know more than 25,000 folks combined. I feel that I now know just about enough to be really, really....dangerous![​IMG]

    I did a search for "Damerow" and she apparently is well respected in the poultry circles and viewed as more or less an expert. So, who knows? Maybe everybody has managed sanitation so well they haven't been cursed with bedbugs....????

    I do believe, though, that I won't let this issue be what deters me (if I'm detered) from starting my flock.

  9. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:What is DE?
  10. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    "Haematosiphon inodorus (Duges) is a large bug that normally infests poultry houses in the
    southwestern United States and Mexico; it has also been reported from Florida.
    It sometimes invades houses and frequently becomes a serious pest. Its
    bite is severe." (sorry, couldn't resist [​IMG] )

    Handbook of Medical Entomology, 1915

    Also known as the `Mexican bedbug'. Apparently was nearly wiped out by the advent of DDT but, of course, is making a reappearance, though not common.

    BASF is advertising a `new' product in the following link, but the info and photos are not for the bug phobic:

    Gay Renee wrote; What is DE?

    FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth is a relatively effective, relatively benign, adjunct used in the suppression of those nasty ectoparasites that favor the taste of chook blood. It is not, however, Ivermectin.​
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2009

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