How to Get Rid of Red Mites

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How to Get Rid of Red Mites
Protect your chickens from red mites. (chicken image by Pity from Fotolia.com)

Red mites are small parasites that typically live around chicken houses. These small insects come out at night and feed off of the blood of the chickens. This not only is an irritant to the chicken but it is possible for the red mites to carry diseases that may kill the chicken or spread throughout the entire chicken house and kill off all of the animals living there. Because of this it is extremely important to kill the red mites as soon as you discover their existence.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Grow lemon grass in and around the chicken house. This is a natural deterrent for the red mites and prevents you from using harmful chemicals. However, this takes time and if you already have an outbreak it does not work fast enough to kill off the insects.

  2. 2

    Apply an insecticide to the area where the red mites are coming from. The insects congregate during the day so if you look around the chicken house it is possible to find large gatherings of the mites. Effective insecticides include mite-ex, duramitex and ardrap spray.

  3. 3

    Wash the area free of the insecticide after killing off the red mites. This ensures the chickens do not ingest the harmful byproducts of the chemicals.

  4. 4

    Pressure wash or use a blow torch to kill off the red mites if you do not want to use an insecticide. These are two effective ways to kill off the insects. You may actually want to power wash the red mites, then use a blow torch to finish them off. This also prevents the chick house from catching on fire.

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