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    This may not be the conventional way of dealing with red mites but it has worked for me.

    In France there is no spray available for red mite due to it's toxicity. On the advice of another grape I used hot vinegar and a hot air gun to first season and the fry the b******s. This worked up to a point but was rather long winded. Earlier this summer with little time to spare for the vinegar treatment and a bad infestation in desperation I sprayed with Raid for crawling insects. I let the house air well before letting the chooks back in.

    At the next clean-out there were considerably less mites but I sprayed again. Just cleaned again and guess what NO MITES I know it's getting cooler and they are not such a problem but there are usually a few about.

    Guess what I shall use from now on?
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    I had a very bad infestation of red mite. Cleaned out the coop, sprayed it with Poultry Shielf. When dry, I put new shavings on the floor and heavily sprinkled floor, nesting boxes with lots of diatamacous earth. (I use shredded paper that can be changed every couple of days in nest boxes).
    The perch is washed and scrubbed every day and sprayed with Strike Back. No more mites seen.

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    http://www.calciappro.fr/documents/F...3_Screen.jpg?0
    LES PARASITES EXTERNES DES POULES (POUX: insectes et acariens)

    hi there! god I didn't even know about these little blighters!
    the first link i've given might be interesting for roitelet (it means little king no?!) it's also a non chemical way of treating red mites.
    The second link is some gruesome photos for those of you who want to see the beasts close up!!! yukk, you need a strong stomach, and i'm off to ispect my girls house asap!
    have just checked links, the first one only gives a photo of product but if you google name roitelet, it will come up, it's bicarbonate of silicone
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    Default Those flippin' mites

    From the minute I sprinkled the diatamaceous earth all over the deep litter (shavings), in the nest boxes and on the hens, I haven't seen a red mite anywhere.
    They disappeared within just a couple of days, and my coop was really badly infested.
    I also slightly dampen their perch and sprinkle it on there as well.

    It is non toxic (even if they eat it ).

    I also use it on my dogs as a flea deterrent. A darned sight less toxic than
    the stuff they have to swallow or have sprayed on them.


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    what is the product?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr darcy View Post
    what is the product?
    One of the trade names for it is DIATOM

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    Do people reckon it's okay to not spray the coop with poultry shield this week? We've had snow on the ground for 10 days or so, and I did it last week.

    I don't want to leave them cold and damp (although obviously don't want red mite either). What do folks reckon?

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    I haven't done mine either - I've added Diatom to the dust bath area and sprinkled it in the coops too. No sign of anything yesterday.

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