treating mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by girls and guineas, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. girls and guineas

    girls and guineas Songster

    Nov 30, 2011
    northern GA
    What is the name of the dusting powder that you use to prevent mites?? It starts with a d and earth is the secone word??
  2. 2greenboyz

    2greenboyz Songster

    Jun 15, 2009
    I think the word you're thinking of is diatomaceous earth. If you use it, be sure to get the kind that is food grade, not the kind made for swimming pools which will likely kill them. It is not the same stuff. And, DE as it goes by, will not prevent or treat mites although some people will argue the point. Some use Sevin, the insecticide, to dust them. I use poultry and garden dust (has permethrin) - not sure if its any safer than Sevin but it works. Be sure to get it under the wings (put on gloves and rub into feathers) and around the vent, keep it out of eyes, and treat bedding areas as well. Whether you choose to use DE or not - up to you, but IMO ineffective. I've caught bugs and put them in it, no effect whatsoever.
  3. bwhnt1024

    bwhnt1024 In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2011
    I used DE in the past & it works great. Make sure it's food grade & to get as close to the skin as possible. Takes about 10 days of treating every other day. Put it in your coop to to kill any living in there.

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