Stupid owner (me) failed to recognize the signs of red mite - we now have them crawling over us, in our house, it's a nightmare. Found the poop boards in the main coop covered in mounds of millions of the little red things this morning, I panicked and pulled out the boards, threw them in the compost bin in back of the barn - covering myself with hundreds of bugs in the process. Fast-forward to later today after lots of reading and crying and migraines - we condemned the infested coop, treated all the birds with Ivermectin and moved them to another coop that is clean (did the paper towel test). My questions: 1 - what are the chances of red mites having traveled on the birds we just moved and treated - will this new coop be infected too? if so, what should we do to pro-actively try and stop the infestation before it gets too late, like in the condemned coop? 2 - now what we've removed the red mites' food source (and there are millions in there - HEAVY INFESTATION) - will they migrate out of the condemned coop to find other food sources, ie my banty coop that is about 15 feet away? the banty coop is up on metal legs but the birds have an outdoors pen for free-ranging during the day (9am to 7pm). How "at risk" are my banties that their coop is next in line to get infested? I threw the heavily infested poop boards about 15 feet away from the banty coop this morning (I panicked!!), on a pile of dead branches and junk - I'm terrified the pests will locate the new food source and then I have two nightmares on my hands :-( 3 - can we fumigate the condemned coop to try and kill as many mites as possible, until it gets bulldozed and burnt next spring? 4 - is the mite test effective? paper towel rubbed on the perches and undersides of poop boards, if you see red smears there are mites present? Thank you for any information you can give me... I've been googling all day, my brain is full but some questions remain unanswered - WORST. PLAGUE. EVER.