Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Tweetypie » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:40 pm

Hey Mandi, I sent your pics off and here is the result...


Dear Tania

Thank you very much for your recent enquiry and photographs of the insect causing distress in Essex.

We have consulted colleagues on site and unfortunately this does not appear to be a parasite that we can identify. It does not seem to be a mite by its body configuration.

We deal with parasites of domestic animals here and this particular insect does not seem to fit that category. Though they jump and bite it is more likely to be eating people opportunistically more than as a requirement as parasites do.

Can we suggest that you submit photo’s to the Royal Entomological Society (https://www.royensoc.co.uk/identifying-insects). They have on their website a free service to identify insects of all types.

I hope you find some resolution to your enquiry.


Kindest regards
Colin Capner

Project Coordinator

Park Farm Buildings, Park Lane, St. Briavels, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, GL15 6QX

ccapner@ridgewayresearch.co.uk | T: +44 (0)1594 530 809
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Post by Jaffa Cake » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:41 pm

Thanks so much for your posts! You made me laugh as I did a strip on my dads doorstep as only went back to the house to collect a couple of things and check on my chocs and swatted 3 on my jeans and one on my laptop which has convinced me that they are now in the house as there was no smiting or gardening involved. I asked my dad's carer to grab a recycling bag and chucked shoes jeans underwear in and ran to the bathroom! Oh My God!!! I rang the BPCA today and they sent me more pest controllers in the area! I rang one near to me and he had a look at the photo. He said that they are not mites and they are not booklice so ... who knows ... he is coming out on Monday so at least some joy there ... hopefully he will be able to identify what the hell it is! I still haven't heard back from the entomologist! Thanks for the encouragement and support. I relocated my goldfish pimkie to my dads today and as I lifted the tank one of them ran from underneath so they are def in the house now ... :-)06 :-)06
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Post by Jaffa Cake » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:48 pm

Tweetie pie, thanks so much for sending off my photo. At least I know they are not after my chickens. I have uploaded a picture to the entomologist site. Thanks so much! The only thing keeping me from going mad is logging on and talking to you guys... I am missing my house and bed! And I AM trying not to freak out but it isn't easy!!
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Post by Margaid » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:11 pm

I think under the circumstances freaking out is allowed Jaffa Cake. Keeping my fingers crossed that you get an answer and a solution on Monday!
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Post by Tweetypie » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:23 am

Might be a good idea to catch a few of them, pop them in a small box and post them to the entomologists to verify what they are. It is not as easy when looking at photo's. I am sure they might ask you to do that.

We are all hoping you solve this mystery soon. Be careful you don't get locked up for exposing yourself :-)10 :-)10
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Post by Jaffa Cake » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:22 pm

Tee hee! ... I tried to catch a couple but they are too quick. Will see what the pest guy says!!! Luckily my dads house is quite isolated :lol:
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Post by Marigold » Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:27 pm

Jaffa Cake wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:22 pm
Tee hee! ... I tried to catch a couple but they are too quick. Will see what the pest guy says!!! Luckily my dads house is quite isolated :lol:
Could you try trapping some specimens? Eg, put down a small square of stiff plastic in an area where they're common, (damp if you think they like that) with a small dish or pot on top, then next day quickly pick up the dish and plastic, bag it up and seal it.
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Post by Margaid » Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:57 pm

If the pest control guy can't identify them tomorrow, maybe he can help you catch some!
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Jaffa Cake » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:07 am

Hello,

I have some news ... I received the following from the RES. So thanks Tweetie Pie ...

Hi Mandi
The common name for collembolans in Uk is springtails as they have a forked appendage (furca) which they use to jump but they feed on decaying plant matter and do not infest/feed on people or animals. In UK the snow flea is a specific insect, Boreus hyemalis, belonging to the order Mecoptera but despite the name does not feed on blood.
As the problem is causing you concern you should contact a local pest control operator.
Best wishes
Jim Hardie
Professor Jim Hardie,
Director of Science, Royal Entomological Society, The Mansion House, Chiswell Green Lane, St. Albans, Herts AL2 3NS, UK.
Tel.: 07740 242868; email: jim@royensoc.co.uk

The pest controller was great and also confirmed that they were springtails however he said that there was nothing that he could do. No point in spraying as they would just come back. He suggested I keep spraying with Smite and putting down DE and Ant Powder and try to convince them to leave. It was interesting though as he showed me some adult specimens and indeed they have a spring in their tail and if you touch them they spring 10 cm in the air. They are also called snow fleas for this reason.

For the moment we are hiding at my dads til I can think what to do.

Thanks so much for all your help in getting to the bottom of this.

I am worried about my chickens though as even though they see fine in themselves they are very quiet and did't want to come and see me yesterday when I went up. They have stopped laying and I found a wind egg in the nesting box. Could it be that they are missing the attention as I used to have them out in the garden all the time withe me. Also would they stop laying due to the heat. I am worried as the same happened last year in the heat when the mites hit us. And I found my first wind egg. I thought it was because JaffaCake was young and it was properly her first lay. She is a mixture of bantam and normal size chickens. My neighbour raised her. She lays quite big eggs now but all that has stopped (she has three other girls with her). And after a couple of days there was only a tiny wind egg in the box.

Any opinions or advice?

Also Rick you were right ... they are springtails but also they were feeding off the spores on the Xmas tree.

Looks like I have a big job ahead of me ...
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Tweetypie » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:44 am

Hi Mandi

I didn't see these reposnse regarding the bugs and I messaged you enquiring what the "bugs" were. I do recall someone saying springtails. I am so pleased you have the answer. I do hope you can get rid of them. PS I just read that springtails don't like bleach or vinegar...

The heat seems to be affecting the hens. Mine stay under the shrubs all day, except to come out to drink or eat and then go back again. One of mine (Cindy) laid a softish shelled egg this morning. She doesn't usually lay every day, but she had a normal egg yesterday, so I am putting it down the 29 degrees of heat! I think a wind egg is one without a yolk, but the experts on here will advise better than me :-)
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