Pesky Pests - Red Mite Management

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Red Mite

These parasites live in the housing. They emerge after dark to feed off the chickens.

How will I know if I have an infestation? 

A heavy infestation will severely affect the health of your flock; it can stop them laying, cause anaemia and even kill birds. Before this however, there are more subtle signs that you might have an infestation:

  • Birds may avoid going into the coop at night
  • There could be tiny blood spots on the eggs
  • Your birds may be more irritated with each other than normal, and look pale or anaemic
  • You spot either mites, or their faeces – the latter looks like grey ash-type deposits – along crevices inside the coop


How should I treat them?

The red mite lives in the housing so a regular weekly inspection and prevention routine is essential to get rid of them and keep them at bay. To remove the constant threat of red mites, a weekly 3 step programme is advised:



1. Thoroughly clean out the coop, remove all faeces, dry matter and bedding.

2. Spray the entire coop with Nettex Total Mite Kill Ready to Use Spray (or diluted concentrate) - this will disinfect as well as eradicate mites. Both products contain a coating agent which will continue to act on the mites even after it has dried – therefore always shake the product before diluting the concentrate and before each use.

Use the Nettex Total Mite Kill Aerosol product to treat hard to reach areas. Never use Nettex Total Mite Kill Ready to Use Spray (or diluted concentrate) directly on the birds – they are for application to housing only. Always ventilate treated areas and allow them to dry fully (they dry very quickly) before returning any birds to the treated area.

3. Finally, apply Nettex Total Hygiene Powder liberally over the surface of bedding, perches and nest boxes and refill with fresh bedding. It’s also important to include the Total Hygiene Powder in dust baths.





A regular routine like this will keep the mites at bay and ensure that your flock is parasite-free and healthy.

Why not take note of our Top 10 Tips for dealing with Pesky Pests - you can download our full article or see our summary below.



Identify the threat Tackle infestations Deter Pesky Pests and...

...most importantly keep your birds healthy, happy and productive.


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