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Re: Another way to kill red mite.

Post by worthysmum » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:52 pm

I have been using nipon ant powder mixed in with diatom, it works a treat. It kills the red mite instantly. I puff it along all the cracks, crevices, before eplacing the bedding. Along the perches rubbing it well in to the wood, dust all the ends etc. So far this year I have found a few on the feet of an outside perch which were soon disposed of. It really works well.
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Re: Another way to kill red mite.

Post by chrismahon » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:10 am

We had red mite in our small mobile coop last week. When I creosoted it nearly two years ago I was ill for days because it doesn't disassemble so I breathed in a lot of fumes. Not wanting to repeat that we moved it into the sun and covered it with a plastic sheet. After 3 hours the metalwork was too hot to touch and every red mite was dead. Subsequently there have been no hatched eggs either, so they must die in the heat as well. Appreciate its not going to be possible to do this in the UK, but perhaps if an oil filled radiator was put inside the coop as well?
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Re: Another way to kill red mite.

Post by dinosaw » Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:48 pm

Just stumbled across some DEFRA funded research by Newcastle University into using plant derived oils to control red mite, it would seem that Thyme oil was particularly effective in killing red mite with a 100% lethality in 24hrs and 60% lethality in just 4 hours, it showed no signs of tainting eggs or being damaging to the chickens. Very difficult to get a hold of the actual research, this little snippet from farmers weekly gives a decent summary.

http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/04/02/201 ... he-way.htm

a press release about the early stages of the study from the Uni
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/afrd/assets/docume ... lease2.pdf
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Re: Another way to kill red mite.

Post by chrismahon » Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:08 am

Interesting reading Dinosaw. We appear to have things under control now. The perches are checked every morning and regularly come up 'clean'. One coop continues to puzzle me though. Freshly creosoted thoroughly, we are still getting about 10 red mite on the perches every morning and I have no idea where they are coming from? I can only assume they are coming in on the birds, dropping out of a Dove nest in the tree above? Sometimes we will see mite on other coop perches after strong winds. Something we will have to live with now and monitor continuously.
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Re: Another way to kill red mite.

Post by MrsBiscuit » Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:24 pm

Yes, it is interesting. Thymol (not quite sure exactly what it is, but it is extracted from thyme) is used in beekeeping (it used to be used more than it is now as more commercial products are on the market) as something to try to prevent varroa mite and also to prevent moulds from occurring on winter feed.
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Re: Another way to kill red mite.

Post by Icemaiden » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:08 pm

Thymol is quite potent & not something you'd want to leave on skin. Concentrated thyme oil can dissolve plastic in my experience, so that needs using with care too! I'm not surprised that it kills red mite :-)11 Just because it's natural, doesn't mean that it's safe...
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Re: Another way to kill red mite.

Post by MrsBiscuit » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:17 am

Yes its true, when using thymol we are always suited and booted anyway because of the bees, but it stinks and it is very strong! After applying it in a hive you put the lid back on and leave the bees to carry on huddling and keeping warm (its used in the winter), but thinking about it, if its used in a coop then I would imagine a period of ventilation might well be necessary.
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Re: Another way to kill red mite.

Post by dinosaw » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:38 am

Its not clear exactly what type of Thyme essential oil was used but the field study carried out in chicken huts lasted for at least 4 weeks with the findings being that Thyme oil was not harmful to hens even when applied at high levels. Pretty much anything currently used to treat red mite has some level of nastiness to it, even diatomaceous earth which is held up by many as being harmless carries a risk of silicosis if breathed in.
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Re: Another way to kill red mite.

Post by Icemaiden » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:32 am

True...
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Re: Another way to kill red mite.

Post by tygrysek75 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:19 pm

I had read few days ago on some poultry group on FB that Dettol works very well on killing red mite.This product to be egsackly http://dettol.co.uk/products-for-your-h ... -and-wipes in spray form.Aparantly somebody took it from cupboard by mistake (meant to use Poultry Shield) and sprayed the cop.Dead mites in great numbers.Hope sombody can use this with success as costwise is a fraction compared to Poultry Shield.
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