As a farm owner I’ve seen and dealt with many things, and red mites make no exception. When you see the chicken houses full of red mites, you start scratching your head and wondering how the hell they got in there and how can you get rid of them quickly to prevent spreading.
Some pests are easy to deal with, but red mites are notoriously difficult to remove, especially on warm weather when they multiply quickly. Once they get a grip on a chicken house, they seem to be there for weeks.
However, this problem should be solved quickly if you don’t want to face with red mite invasion.
How I got rid of red mite infestation?
Allow yourself a couple of hours for…
- Cleaning the chicken house completely and removing all bedding materials. Remove as much parts as you can including pop holes and anything else that is easy to unscrew.
- Grab a high pressure hose and wash every inch of the house and the removable parts. Get the water jet in every crack and crevice. Take your time! Leave the house to dry for 20 minutes and you should see red mites crawling down.
- Apply Poultry Shield over the house and wash it down with house. Repeat this process as many times as necessary until most red mite colony is gone.
- Now, start resembling the house by adding fresh and clean bedding materials.
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the beddings (500 g/meter square) and rub the perches and perch ends to reduce drastically the red mite number.
- Watch the house for a few days and re-apply diatomaceous earth after a couple of days to be sure that red mites are gone for good.
Apply a Wood Ash Treatment
- A large basin (large enough to lay your chicken inside)
- Wood ash from fireplace
How to proceed:
- Fill the basin with wood ash then grab one chicken and start rubbing it with the ashes. You can pour ash over it and then rub it carefully in their feathers and skin. You may ask for help or you can hold the chicken with one hand and with the other to pour and rub ash over it.
- Make sure that the chicken won’t shake for the ash to remain on it.
- Repeat the process with every single chick in your farm.
Tip: fill a wooden box with ash and put it inside their shelter.
Need Tools and Ingredients:
- 10 ounces of water
- 1 ounce of garlic juice
- 1 teaspoon of essential lavender oil
- Spray bottle
Combine the above ingredients and put them into the bottle. Shake well the mixture and spray it over your chickens every couple of days for 3 weeks.