How can I tackle Red Mites in the coop?
To tackle an infestation of Red mite, vigilance and planning is key! A regular weekly inspection and cleaning routine is essential to remove the threat and deter future possible infestations.
To remove the constant threat of mites, a 4 step programme is advised. Do this once then repeat 3 days later during times of infestation then carry out as part of your weekly cleaning regime to help deter future infestations.
1. Thoroughly clean out the coop with Nettex Virocur Disinfectant, remove all faeces, dry matter and bedding.
2. Spray the entire coop with Nettex Total Mite Kill Ready To Use Solution– 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.
3. For Red Mite: 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.
4. Additionally, use Nettex Total Mite Kill Aerosol Spray monthly to treat hard to reach areas of the housing such as cracks and crevices. This high velocity spray will penetrate deep into these areas where mites like to hide. A regular routine like this will help keep the mites at bay and ensure that your flock is parasite-free and healthy.
NB: Never use Nettex Total Mite Kill Sprays directly on the chickens – 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.
Top tip: when removing bedding be sure to dispose of it properly to stop any mites or lice from re-entering the environment.