Red mites (D. gallinae) are small
parasitic blood-feeding mites that affect birds that roost at night such as
chickens, turkeys and pigeons. They are more active in the warmer season.
generally reside in small cracks and holes in housing, and are active at night,
gaining access to the bird to feed. After feeding they return to crevices away
from direct light, to mate and lay eggs, which then causes a rapidly growing
population of red mites in only a matter days.
Whether you keep poultry, fancy fowl,
or pigeons, an infestation of mites can cause a huge problem in your bird
If your housing
becomes infested with mites, your birds can become seriously affected.
Issues may arise such as:
stains on eggs can occur from laying hens eggs squashing mites when laid.
preening, poor feather quality.
perches or equipment to see blood stains or mites hiding underneath.
a plastic card along crevices can also reveal blood stains.
Wooden housing fixtures are porous, so mites can hide more easily in the wood than metal or plastic surfaces.
the surfaces to be treated are dry before product application.
a control product in and around the housing, paying attention to in corners,
holes and crevices where mites may reside.
The mites do not live on the birds so removing the birds from the area does not get rid of the problem, mites can live in housing for up to 9 months without feeding.
Mitex is our
natural mite control product. It is an effective 100% natural way of controlling
mites without using any unsafe chemical or pesticides in the process.
Mitex includes diatomaceous earth, which is sourced from sea fossils known as diatoms. Diatoms are very tiny, abrasive and sharp fossils which can be viewed only under a microscope.
Mitex is effective at killing mites and other insects that have a waxy outer coating. When red mites come into contact with Mitex, the waxy coating is damaged and mites consequently dry out and die.
people find it helpful using a large paintbrush to apply powder to the holes
there are any perches, be sure to apply under these also.
Apply to nesting areas and dust bathing areas as this allows the birds to ruffle the product through their feathers. Their natural dust bathing behaviour is effective at removing mites.
Additionally, gently ruffling it through your birds’ feathers, and applying Mitex to the cracks, crevices and areas you know are prone to mites will help keep them under control and reduce the chance of any future infestation.
Like using any powder, use in a well ventilated area and be careful to avoid inhaling the product, we recommend wearing suitable protection whilst handling.
Anpario's Mitex is a natural mineral powder effective against most types of insects and mites, including red mites, hog lice and grain weevils.
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