I bought some permethrine powder(Garden and poultry dust) and I cleaned out the nest boxes and put a little powder in there and then put new pine shavings on top. I checked the birds skin, and they don't look irritated at all. I can't find any bugs on the girls. I only happened to see a few last night crawling on 2 eggs. I usually get the eggs in the daytime, I am reading that these mites are active at night, so i suppose the late gathering of eggs was a good thing. I also got some DE. I plan to use that on a regular basis now. I have read a few threads here... but I didn't see whether I was supposed to put this powder on the chickens. And since it says that the mites don't live on the chickens, but in the coop, is it necessary if I powder the coop? Also, do I need to discard the eggs laid while we are treating for mites? After I treat with the powder, do I just add the DE to the coop with each cleaning? I hate bugs. I am so grossed out. It's also been raining a lot, I read mites like warm weather so why are they here now? I was cleaning out the coop and only found 1 little red mite in the shavings I took out of the coop. I don't see any in the cracks. How do I get the powder onto everything. It's in a shaker? Can I add water and put it in a spray bottle to spray the ceiling and directly in the cracks? Thanks!