Diatomaceous Earth Powder Treatment for Red Mite

Posted 29th May 2015 10:12am by

It’s that time of year again… Red Mite season! An easy way to tell if you have a Red Mite problem in your coop is to place a small square of towelling material in the corner of your nest boxes or over the end of a perch. Red Mite will hide in the folds thinking that they cannot be seen, over night the Mites will hide among the toweling turning it a reddish colour.

A safe and effective method of treatment for Red Mite is Diatomaceous Earth Powder. This Chicken Vet mite powder contains silicates which damage the waxy cuticle on the mite’s surface, allowing them to dehydrate and die. It is entirely safe for both owners and their birds, and the mites die within three days of its application. Use it in the coop and on the birds weekly, especially during the warmer months, and ensure you change all bedding in the house. Red Mites don’t like living on people, but they will crawl on to your skin while cleaning etc and can cause itching.

Visit our Hen Health page for more advice, view our Hen Examination Guidelines or click here to Find Your Nearest Hen Friendly Vet.

If you would like to ask Gaynor a hen health question please email gaynor.davies@bwht.co.uk or call Hen Central on 01884 860084. To support our Advice Line we ask for a nominal donation to help fund this service, so that we can continue to help your hens.

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Diatomaceous Earth Powder

Diatomaceous Earth is a 100% natural product, made from the fossilised remains of ancient shell creatures. It is inert and safe to both humans and animals.

DE can be used on animals and birds to treat against external parasites (lice, fleas, mites), and even internal parasites (worms). It can also be used as a mineral supplement.

DE works when the mites crawl through the DE dust to feed on the hens at night. The microscopically sharp shards that make up DE scratch the mite’s waxy shell, causing them to die.

We advise wearing gloves and a dust mask when applying DE as in some cases it can be a skin irritant.

Click here to buy Diatomaceous Earth Powder from our online shop.