How to get rid of Chicken Red Mites
Poultry red mites are a common and serious threat to any poultry keeper. Unsure of how to identify if your birds have a red mite issue?
Look out for:
1) Unusually aggressive behaviour from the flock which will be typified as they peck each other particularly at the base of the birds tail feathers as they attempt to help each other get rid of the mite issue. If left alone, bald patches and blood may appear on the poultry.
2) Egg production will falter and halt completely as the mites literally suck the life out of your flock, leaving no energy for the production of eggs.
How do I get rid of Red Mites?
Follow our simple three step program developed in conjunction with Pest Control manufacturer Agropharm, including
Where to apply the Powder:
Apply the Poultry Powder (Silicon Dioxide Dust) onto both bird (3-5g per bird) and into coops covering all cracks and crevices you can see. Seal up as many joints and crevices of chicken cages, feeders and aviaries with the powder as you can.
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How does Red Mite Powder work?
As the mites ingest the powder, it breaks down their protective coating and causing dehydration and death to the mites. This is vital for mites looking for a blood meal on the birds, and when they are hiding within the coop during daylight.
Mites usually attack resting birds, mainly during the night for a short (1-2 hours) blood meal. The mites then hide in cracks and crevices away from daylight within the coop. Here they mate and lay their eggs. This is why applying the powder to these cracks and crevices is so pivotal.
Any treatment must be carried out again after 7-10 days and again after another 7-10 days in severe infestations.
Mites will lay eggs immediately after a blood meal and these eggs will be laid throughout the coop including non visible locations throughout the house. These will then hatch after 7 days and this explains why a complete treatment including fumigation is necessary (we cannot get to every single crack and crevice with spray or powder) and we must kill the new generation of mites before they themselves can lay eggs.
Failure to use all three methods risks the infestation surviving as mites may survive sheltering on the birds or in the coop itself if no fumigation is carried out.
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