Safer way to get rid of Mites/Lice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nightingale, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Nightingale

    Nightingale In the Brooder

    Sep 23, 2009
    My hen that I am currently nursing back to health has mites/lice. I know you can use a spray and 5% Seven Dust but since she is staying indoors until she gets better is their anything else I can use like a home remedy? The reason I ask is because my sister is pregnant and stays with us while her husband is working. She can't be around any type of pesticide.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2009
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    If they are mites (and not lice) you can use topical or oral Ivomec.
  3. edselpdx

    edselpdx Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Portland, OR
    You can also try food-grade DE (food-grade diatomacious earth). It comes in powder form, and is not systemically active--it is not a "pesticide" as you normally think of. The sharp edges of the fossils nick the exoskeletons of the mites/fleas and they die of dehydration. It is not systemically toxic to anyone (including pregnant women), but it is not something you want to inhale, as it is an irritant. The sharp edges also affect lung linings, so wear a good dust mask while applying.

    You will need to clean out and disinfect your coop totally, change all bedding, and dust all of the hens (down to the skin) with a thorough dusting of FOOD GRADE DE, and monitor for recurrence. Repeat as needed.

    Good luck!

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