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Go Up and Red Mite

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I’ve been having terrible problems with red mites in a wooden coop and have decided enough is enough, it’s time for an Eglu! I’ve chosen the Go Up but I’m so paranoid about the dreaded mite now that I’m wondering, don’t they hide in the wall cavities/other cracks and crevices created by assembling it? Do you *have* to pressure wash (and if so how do you clean those gaps and make sure they’re dry)? Can you take it completely apart to clean it? Thanks for any advice.

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Haven’t had any red mites in mine so far. But be careful with cross contamination from the wooden coop and/or bedding, dirt/earth etc.

You can take it apart to clean, but haven’t done it ever myself.

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Being vigilant is half the battle Shashakan, have a look at the Parasites, mites etc articles here they'll give you an idea of what you are looking for and how to prevent it.

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I used to have a wooden perch in my Eglu and I once had mites in the joints of that and I did find some hiding where bits of the Eglu join together. Pressure washing, and mite spray got rid of them plus a dusting with powder and I’ve never had them again (touch wood).

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