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AAAHHH!

 

After keeping hens for 5 years - i've been infested with Spide mites, its horrendous !! both eglus have got it.

 

I spent yesterday taking them apart jet washing them, left them to dry in sunlight, cleared all aubiouse out of WIR. Sprayed mite killer stuff all over the place in WIR and eglus. Put diatrom everywhere and dusted the girls with lice powder.

 

I am still itching today - i know still probably in my mind but its creeping me out !!

 

Is there anything else I should be doing?

 

No sign of any this morning? do you have to keep taking the eglu apart to check?

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You need to keep up those measures every week.

 

You're not imagining it; you would need to take your clothes off outside as the mites can be carried indoors.

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AAAHHH!!!!

You mean they are also crawling over me!!!! Do I need to spray myself :?

Checked Elglus this morning and they are back. Sprayed everywhere again now have run out of spray (off to

Farm shop tonight)

This is horrid, was going to go away for weekend now I think I'll be home jet washing :(

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You can shower in a dog flea shampoo that contains permethrin if you think you have them.

 

Be sure to use Total Mite Kill Concentrate followed by Buz Busters powder, that should nuke them pretty quickly. Leave the housing open to sunlight when you can too.

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Just remember that if you wash the housing down first, you wash the mites off but that doesn't kill them! I soak everything with a Total Mite Kill or Poultry Shield spray first and leave it for half an hour. Then I empty the sprayed bedding into the bin and wash everything down. It all gets a final spray before putting back together.

I once made the mistake of tipping the poo trays into the compost bin before I'd sprayed. Next time I lifted the lid on the bin, thousands of red mite flooded out and up my arms!!!! :shock:

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:shock:

 

Remember that TMK has to be shaken before you use it, you dilute the concentrated version 1 part in 10 of water, refill the spray with it from the big bottle or make it up in a watering can to sprinkle all over the housing.

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Hi snowy

I wish I'd read your post before emptying the poo tray into the compost bin :cry:

 

hI dogmother thanks for advice spraying first I jet washed then left to dry then sprayed. When I put house. Back together.

I went and bought lice shampoo (couldn't face the dog flea option) asked chemist so I could get the correct stuff. I was so embarrassed :oops: I thought they would thinking was bonkers if I mentioned spider mite so I said the children had headlice. He asked how many people in household etc and I bought 4 bottles of stuff. I don't even have children!!!! Washed my hair once (and showered with it) and its miracously stopped itching I'm sure it was all in my mind but I'm never going to get head lice that's for sure!! :)

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I once made the mistake of tipping the poo trays into the compost bin before I'd sprayed. Next time I lifted the lid on the bin, thousands of red mite flooded out and up my arms!!!! :shock:

 

 

Arrgggghh! that is horrible :shock:

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