What is sevin dust?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cjeanean, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Okay, I read about this stuff online and here, and I just have a few questions. Is it safe for chickens??? Can it be used in a dusting pan for the chickens on a daily basis for pest control, or only to get rid of an existing problem? Can I eat eggs from a chicken dusted in this stuff??? Can I use it in their bedding as a preventative measure??? Thanks!!!
  2. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Sevin is a highly toxic chemical pesticide and has been banned here. Don't know about the rest of the USA. There are many other opptions if you do a little research.
  3. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    You can still by sevin dust around here. Sevin dust is a strong pesticide, we use it sometimes. But we have never used sevin dust on a animal.

    If you want to treat your flock for mites or worms you can buy DE (Diatomaceous Earth) which is a natural pesticide.
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  4. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    I've heard that some people still have problems with lice and mites even when using DE. Is this a problem anyone has run into????
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Nope! I just fling the stuff all over everything and everybody. No problems with flies, fleas, lice or any other nasty.
  6. DLS

    DLS Songster

    sedven dust is labeled for use on dogs .So it must not be to bad [​IMG]
  7. Sevin dust has the active ingredient Carbaryl. Toxicity to avian and mammalian species is relatively low. It is one of the "safer" man-made garden pesticides. Used to be a very common ingredient in flea powder, may still be. Particularly effective on beetles, including Japanese Beetles, and cabbage loopers and other "worms". It could be used to address an acute immediate problem. Not sure it is labelled for that though. I certainly would not recommend it as a pest control plan.

    It is also horribly toxic to all bees. [​IMG]
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  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Quote:I've been using food grade De as a mite/lice preventative with our flock since last June and have yet to have a problem with them on our birds.

    Hope this helps!

  9. ChicwannaB

    ChicwannaB Songster

    May 22, 2011
    Munger, MICHIGAN
  10. vclark321

    vclark321 Chirping

    Jul 30, 2011
    Bonney Lake
    Quote:One thing I have learned about the government in this country, along with the Food & Drug Administration and U. S. Dept of Agriculture, is that no one should trust them. Putting it on the label and saying you can use it on dogs does not make it safe. If enough money changes hands and enough people get properly compensated to 'certify' products as safe, it will happen. Remember Phen-Fen? Thalidamide? Artificial sweeteners? Genetically Modified Soybeans? All of these things were found to be safe and effective, but they are not. If you wouldn't use it on yourself, then do not use it on your chickens.

    I use food grade DE on everything and everyone. Dogs, cats, carpets, yard, chickens, coops, under the house, you name it and I feel very comfortable doing it. If you still have a problem with mites, maybe you should have a coop deep clean and try all new bedding material and putting some of the DE in one of the 'dust tubs' they make for themselves.
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