Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Jaffa Cake » Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:57 am

Hello,

I am by the sea down in Essex in the UK. I have read all your post and I think that I will contact the council and see if they can help. I was thinking that they haven't got to my chickens as I have been smiting and poultry shielding and DEing them since last year when they were infected. I noticed the invasion in the old area where I had my chicken coop first and smitted it all and they are all dead. I hadn't noticed that they were everywhere else in the garden until I sat outside at night. I then realised that they were coming in through the windows at night. I have tried to get a photo of them with my iphone but they are so small and quick that I can't get a good shot. I will try again. I have trawled the net looking for photos of similar images of what I have found but they are so small that it is difficult to see. I am so worried about my chocs as I nearly lost them all last year. They were so ill, lost all there feathers and the chicken coop was infested with millions of them. I have never seen anything like it. It was something like the cockroaches on the mummy. When I pulled the coop apart they attacked me everywhere. I was covered in bites so obviously I am afraid that the same will happen. It took me months of smitting to get rid of them and I kept my girls in a greenhouse until I could afford to build a new coop. Are there any other types of mites that can affect chickens? If they are not red mites?
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Marigold » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:26 am

Interesting that you’re on the SW coast, as there’ve been quite a few types of insects etc migrating from Europe in recent years because of the warming climate in the S of England. It would be really good to report this to DEFRA , I think, and somehow or other get a expert opinion and diagnosis about what it is. Only then could you plan properly to deal with them.
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Marigold » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:38 am

P.S. is your property isolated, perhaps in woodland or with large trees, where many birds might be roosting, eg starling flocks?
Or is it suburban, close to other houses? If so,are your neighbours also affected?
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Jaffa Cake » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:53 am

Hello Marigold, thanks for writing to me. Great just to talk about it. I am in the country I have a massive eucalyptus tree that looms over my house and pigeons which will not go away. I am in a village and have houses that surround me. Interestingly I had builders build a massive house behind mine all last summer and we were consumed with dust etc. I am wondering if that might have set something off as last year was a nightmare. I have emailed my immediate neighbour this morning to see if they are having any problems as they keep chickens. A good idea about DEFRA. I have also contacted a different pest control company to see if they can come up with anything this morning as I think that the others might be right and that the one that I contacted wasn't much help. It is just good to talk to people about it. I have read the other links that people have sent and indeed people have reported that their own houses have been infested with red mite. I am just about to go back up to my house and check up on my chickens as staying with my dad and have relocated my dog and cats. Couldn't face going back home yesterday. I had the mites swarming over a potted xmas tree outside my office and the pest control guy said that they were living off the spores on the tree? It that possible? I am beginning to think that the others are right and that the pest control guy didn't know what he was talking about. I do get the impression though that as soon as I smit an area that they are relocating as am working through the garden bit by bit. Where are the other reports that you were talking about? It is def warmer down here than anywhere else and both times this has happened due to a very hot few days. Thanks again
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Jaffa Cake » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:13 pm

Can I load photos up on here! I am back st my house and have been brave and unmasked my bathroom window. Even though have used smite and DE is on the outside of the window I have manage to photo a live one. I can’t work out if I can upload a photo here?
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by rick » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:35 pm

Sorry if I overdid it on the incredulity front before Jaffa Cake. They do sound more like spider mite of some description - theres no way poultry red mite would be swarming over a potted plant, particularly in daylight.
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Marigold » Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:14 pm

I think the eucalyptus tree and the pigeons may well have something to do with this. A friend of mine, an experienced poultrykeeper who had never had redmite, once left the door of an empty run open, and came back to find a pigeon sitting on a stool she'd left in there. She shooed it out and then found the stool was covered in red mite, from the feathers the pigeon had been preening. The mite did spread rapidly to her other runs, probably on her shoes or clothing, (which may be how yours got indoors from the garden) and she only got rid of them by spraying Ficam-W, a highly toxic insect killer for professional use or with careful precautions, but it did do the trick in one go. As her runs had roofs and she was careful to keep the doors shut, there was no further infestation. If the run has no roof, or has a mesh roof where wild birds can sit and preen, the mites will return by being shaken off their feathers. I don't think you could safely use Ficam- W indoors, though, but a commercial company should be able to advise you about tackling the task.
The mites you see, on your plant etc- are they red or grey? Red mite will only be red if they've just fed on some bird or other living creature, and they do this at night. Not so likely indoors, maybe. See the main Poultrykeeper site for pics and more about red mite.
https://poultrykeeper.com/red-mite/
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

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Dear Jaffa

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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Marigold » Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:59 pm

If you use a MacBook, select the photo by clicking on it, then go to File at the top of the Photos page, then Export. On the Export menu, choose Medium quality and size. Save it to Finder and then you can drag and drop it into the message box. Place the cursor where you want the pic to go, then finish by clicking on Place Inline in the forum attachments menu. Check it in Preview before posting it.

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Here are the second brood from the blackbirds who are nesting in our perch this year, one day old, taken with a selfie stick. They can only improve in looks!
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by chrismahon » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:50 am

They sound like some kind of midge- on hot days here we can get huge clouds of them. I'm certain it has nothing to do with poultry. They must be eating something local and Eucalyptus sap is a possibility?
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