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Billy
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Post by Billy » Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:58 pm

Due to the heat, wild birds, humidity etc. I have a shed which is absolutely refusing to free itself from red mite. I can't shift them. I've tried everything and still they persist.

Can anyone tell me where I can get Ficam W please as I'm on my last legs now trying to fix it :(
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Marigold
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Re: Ficam W

Post by Marigold » Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:55 pm

I just Googled FicamW and several sites came up.
FicamW is effective but dangerous to human and animal health so take precautions. Used with care, it will certainly sort it out for you, but be sure to pen the poultry well away from the shed, start early on a fine day to give it plenty of time to dry off, and clear out and burn any bedding or disposable dirty rubbish and scrub down the inside, perches etc back to the original clean surfaces before you start. If possible, remove the perches and pay attention to the ends where they fix into the sides of the shed. Wear a suitable mask which protects you from airborne insecticide particles, also rubber gloves, boots and coveralls. Spray carefully and leave it to dry out for as long as possible. This will clear the infestation from all accessible surfaces, but if the shed has roofing felt over a plywood layer, the mites will have crept in between the layers and the only way to deal with them will be to remove and burn the roof, replacing it preferably with single-layer corrugated material such as Onduline.
Do let us know how you get on.
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Re: Ficam W

Post by chrismahon » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:17 am

A better product is Elector, made by Elanco. Very expensive indeed, but very effective for one year, because the mite evolve resistance to it- which is perhaps what has happened in your case Billy? Mite will evolve resistance to any chemical product used repeatedly. Elector is a biocide as opposed to an insecticide so treatments need to alternate year-on-year. We bought our 250mL bottle mailed from Bowden & Knights in Thetford, Norfolk (www.bowdenandknights.com).

We usually use a steamer to great effect, but keep this stuff as a backup in case we get over-run as we potentially have 10 coops to treat. You mix the stuff and just spray it everywhere inside the coop. The mites contact the stuff, get disorientated and can't find the hosts to feed off so die.
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Re: Ficam W

Post by Marigold » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:27 am

Once sorted, the other approach is to add Red Stop solution to the drinking water. This organic herbal product is harmless to the birds but makes their blood taste nasty to the mites, thus shutting off their food source so they starve. Most effective when you've got the numbers down after a good clean up, helps prevent reinfestation.
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