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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Marigold » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:04 am

LadyA wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:54 pm
I think your most likely culprit may be these: Harvest mites. Absolute bug***s! When I had outdoor cats, they used to sometimes get them. They are very tiny, almost invisible to the naked eye. But, they do congregate on grass, shrubs etc. https://www.the-piedpiper.co.uk/th5i.htm#harvestmite

I'm scratching like mad, reading this thread!! :D :D
This is a very interesting and informative link, LadyA. esp.in combination with the enlarged photo of JaffaCake's mites. Especially this sentence;
'Heavy infestations, however, are often found to be sharply localised; a heavy infestation may occur in the gardens of one or two houses in a village which is otherwise free from the pest.'

Our dog is prone to getting harvest mites, but as the link says, usually later in the summer than June. The diagram in the link above seems to suggest a fatter, rounded body sort of mite, compared with your photo, though.
If it's possible that it's another mite that feeds on plant sources, does the evidence point to the large eucalyptus tree? possibly blown on the wind to window frames, or carried in on clothing etc by humans? Is the tree itself heavily infested?
At least, if you can get someone to come and have a look at them, you'll have a photo, a lot of research and some theories to share with them.
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by LadyA » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:05 am

It looks more louse like than mite like. Bark lice? But I've never seen them in the quantity you describe.
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Jaffa Cake » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:07 pm

I am so so grateful to have you guys to talk to. Was totally freaked out last night as found three in my dad’s bathroom that obviously bought back with me!! Called environmental health pest control and they said that as it was outside they couldn’t do anything about it and showed no interest. They suggested calling in a private firm. I did contact the firms that tweetie pie sent but as yet not heard back from them. Just had a very interesting chat to my dad’s gardener and he thinks also harvest mites. He said they come out if there is rapeseed fields. He also said that they head for any bright colours and things that are white. I found some on the white cupboard in dad’s bathroom. He is going to come up with me tomorrow and have a look and help me blitz some parts of garden. The first thing that I did was check the eucalyptus tree for mites and there was nothing. Eucalyptus essential oils are good for warding off mites also. At least I am happy that my chocs are okay and won’t have to deal with the illness and which I realise was bird mites last year. I have now I closed the run and birds can’t get near them. I also remember that last year in the old run I found birds had got in. This time I built a completely enclosed run with a plastic roof and bought a plastic coop from Solway which is totally amazing. As am new to keeping chickens been a bit of a drama. As I learnt all about rats too when I moved them into the greenhouse. I built a fox proof rat proof and what I thought was bird proof/mite proof environment. There were free ranging until this happened a couple of weeks ago until I started to discover these little critters. I am now going to try and contact again the private links that tweetie pie sent me again. The only good thing is that I am working from my dad’s and getting to spend time with him which I don’t normally have time to do. He is unable to walk and I have carers coming in around the clock and I usually rush in and out to sort out problems pay bills etc and we are getting to spend loads of time. Just hate the fact that my chocs are at the house. Now I am going to try private companies again. Thanks Rick for blowing up that photo. It does look like springtails but it says that they don’t bite humans. I am really missing seeing my chocs though. Jaffa Cake (my fab black bantam
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Tweetypie » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:26 pm

Don't know about everyone else, but every time I read this I start scratching :-)07

FYI the link I posted was http://www.ecoguard-uk.com/birdmitetreatment.html and these are in Essex area.

I see they have a main jumber and a mobile, too. I hope they reply to you soon, Jaffa. I think we are all intrigued aswell as concerned for you. Must be absolutely terrible having them in your home, so much so, that I am now looking at buying an air purifier with hepa filter to prevent anything similar coming in my home, as I do a lot of gardening. Apparently these purifiers prevent 99.9% of mites, eggs, spores, anything airborne.
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Jaffa Cake » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:42 pm

Hello Everyone,

Checking in to update .... after another afternoon of smiting and putting down DE, I had a very interesting chat with Simon from ecoguard, he thinks that they could be booklice. He looked at the photos and has sent them to a friend of his who is a Entomologist. I cleared another part of the side of the house today and they were hiding in my coal bunker, under wood and plants that I had pulled out of the ground. The more that I read about booklice the more I think that this is what they are. I dug trenches around my cottage last summer to try and deal with the damp and filled them with stones. They seem to be hiding in the stones. Booklice are drawn to moisture and then hide under anything that they can find and also live off of plant spores, which explains the xmas tree. Massive infestations can get into the house and then live in books hence the name. Yikes .. after an investigation with my dad's gardener he didn't think that they were harvest mites as Marigold said thier bodies are more round!! Anyway I am waiting for Simon to get back to me from the Entomologist. Thanks so much for sending me those links tweetie pie. I am also going to call BPCA tomorrow. https://bpca.org.uk/a-z-of-pest-advice/ ... sts/189178

Thanks again for all your help.

Mandi
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Tweetypie » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:29 pm

I've been waiting with bated breath all day on news of these bugs. I'm pleased you spoke to the guy and he gave you some hope in finding out what they are. I think we all all extremely intrigued. They do look like booklice. I had a peek on BPCA website. Keep us all posted, Mandi.

PS Odd thing is that it says booklice don't bite....
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by LadyA » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:07 am

And of course booklice and barklice are the same basic species. From what I've read, although they don't actually bite, they can cause skin irritation. So, I suppose they may as well bite you and be done with it! :lol:
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Jaffa Cake » Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:26 pm

Hi LadyA and Tweetie Pie,

Thanks so much for your support. Makes me feel not so on my own in my fight to discover what the hell is going on ... yes barklice, you mention them due to the eucalyptus tree ... i just found one in my coffee cup in my god damn van so fly spray not working ... am going to have to bomb my van ... I have never had so many shower or hair washes in my life ...

I am going to contact the BPCA once got some work done!

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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by bigyetiman » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:02 pm

No you are not on your own and we all intrigued and we accept it as part and parcel of life and don't freak out. We googled book lice fascinating, but damn annoying if you have an invasion. Hope you get it sorted soon.
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Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Post by Margaid » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:11 pm

Not the same, but we cleared out the flat of a cousin who had died. I'd never seen books that had been attacked by Book worms before!

The damage was really extensive - huge round "tunnels" through the pages.

I remember a plague of greenfly once Jaffa Cake. I was walking down a road on a hot summer's day when I was suddenly engulfed by a swarm of them. I drove a 30 minute journey home in 20 minutes and when I got out of the shower my clothes were in a trail up to the bathroom. Starting at the front door with my sandals, my dress was on the stairs and my underwear in two places on the landing - and they didn't bite!
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