I think l;eaving it open in the sun kills them, I didn't think you could get them in an eglu. I have just bought some diaom jobby stuff for the lice but it is not here yet so i can't tell you if it is any good. It is clearly the season for grosdss things.
Erm <dons dunce hat> would I know them if I saw them? (used to feel this way about headlice, got it wrong the first time - were horselice from our rescued ponies in dd's hair, dead as they can't live on humans)
Was it obvious what they were? Where were they?
I spray inside nooks and crannies with poultry shield (then scrub floor with it) and when dried I powder with louse powder.
I thought I was thorough I clean them regularly and powder afterwards with red mite powder.
Having just spent all morning scrubbing and cleaning, I've just been to see if the coop was drying out and there are still some there
Tiny little red bugs in clumps..... am shocked by the amount of them.. and already wondering how many more will be out tonight. I wonder if you can ever truly get rid of them as our coop is made from wood and when I jet washed it they came out of everywhere!!!!
would painting a new wooden shed/henhouse in (whatsit called? that garden/fency paint stuff.... CUPRINOL) cuprinol and thereby sealing all the wood endy bits, woudl that help to guard against infestation you think?? i have seen the odd red thing... but i thought that red mite powder and DE worked to get rid... i give all new straw a good powdering now, as i read that straw actually introduces the bloody things to the house [rolls eyes]
The good old fashioned creosote works but nearly impossible to get hold of now. Creosote substitute does not work, neither does cuprinol, etc.
I've tried durmitex and it didn't work. Dettol is meant to be very good. Am going to get a bottle this week and do our henhouse as noticed red mites on the eggs [boak] when I picked them out the nesting box yesterday.
I'm trying to remember the name of the stuff I used when I got the (neglected/rescued) ponies and they were crawling.
I got the first lot from the vet at price and the next lot from scats for much less, a friend said they use it in their chicken houses - I'll look on the tin when I go up to the feed shed. <scratches at the thought> Deosect or deosan, that's the stuff smelt like buggery and one of the ponies wouldn't come near me for weeks after I'd treated him!
My actual house is enclosed in a bird proof run, although there is a door to the outdoor electric pen - hopefull no birds will go near it.
thanks MarmadukeScarlet - have told DD's to chase any pigeons!!
DH has now 'kindly' offered to give the coop another 'good clean' at the weekend. Typical he gets me to get rid of the critters and then he 'offers' to help - to be honest he's not much better with spiders!
We've had a nightmare with mites all summer but fingers crossed have finally banished them after COMPLETELYCOVERING every single surface of the coop in powder for the third time. They are persistent and keep laying and hatching new eggs, so you need to repeat the process a few times IME. You also need to treat the chickens at the same time, rubbing it in well under their wings and on their chests. We were really close to just burning the coop and starting again tbh, the mites were that persistent.