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Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 11:05
by CP
Use the blowtorch carefully, especially on the perch ends & tiny cracks & crevices. You'll probably scorch the wood but as long as you don't hold it there for long it shouldn't catch fire. ;)

Be especially careful if you've recenty creosoted the wood as I believe its flammable?

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 11:07
by andoy
LILLY & BETTY wrote:OK, Been reading some of the ways to get rid of RM, When you say torch the coop, what does this mean? I presume blow torch the coop, but doesnt it set fire to it??
try not to set fire to it is the idea, but I'm sure Ziggy willy be around shortly with a story about that :lol:

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 11:08
by LILLY & BETTY
andoy wrote:
LILLY & BETTY wrote:OK, Been reading some of the ways to get rid of RM, When you say torch the coop, what does this mean? I presume blow torch the coop, but doesnt it set fire to it??
try not to set fire to it is the idea, but I'm sure Ziggy willy be around shortly with a story about that :lol:

Yeah no doubt he will :lol: just seems a bit drastic blow torching and dangerous.

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 12 Feb 2011, 22:20
by jd67stella
hi i recently was told to use parrifine, and that he swears by it, spray it all over your coop

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 12:14
by CP
..& don't go in there smoking a cigarette! :shock: :bom:

Not sure if paraffin would be good at getting rid of them or not. There are so many products you can buy for use on redmite, so really you take your choice & if it works for you, then great! :grin:

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 10:27
by Chris Kurzfeld
Does anyone use ant spray? I use the powder and Net-Tex but thought I may try the spray in an aerosol to get at the really hard to get at places. If anyone uses an ant aerosol can you tell me what it is called please as I have only seen the aerosols without permethryn.

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 01:30
by dannyson
Well - 'my' redmite wade through ant powder no problem..... :evil:

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 22:17
by Frizzle1
A very good supplier I know of and deal with all the time is World wide Poultry Beaulieu, very knowledgable with some good advise. They do have a website. I've never seen so many hens in one place. Hope this helps

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 01 Mar 2011, 23:24
by dannyson
Thanks frizzel - but don't seem to offer anything new against red mite....

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 02 Mar 2011, 16:30
by wireworm
How about this:

http://www.pestcontroldirect.co.uk/acat ... _Can_.html

Diatomaceous earth in an aerosol can. Allows you to apply the product so it sticks to vertical surfaces.

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 02 Mar 2011, 17:03
by CP
That's s good idea! Would get into all the tiny cracks more easily than chucking DE at them as I usually have to do. :grin:

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 21:42
by DB08
wireworm wrote:How about this:

http://www.pestcontroldirect.co.uk/acat ... _Can_.html

Diatomaceous earth in an aerosol can. Allows you to apply the product so it sticks to vertical surfaces.
Oh yippeee! :grin: :grin: Huge thanks! =D>

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 04 Mar 2011, 17:32
by wireworm
Glad to be of help. I've already got my can - just waiting for the buggers to appear so I can try it out. I'll let you know how I get on.

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 10:04
by Chris Kurzfeld
Is that price for one can? If so, with 11 coops/houses, it is way too expensive for me :(

Re: Definitive help for the spring - redmite

Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 10:36
by wireworm
I would imagine that one can goes a long way, but I will investigate further for you.

I heard of a commercial, organic, chicken farm that used diatomaceous earth applied as a water-based slurry. You have to keep the slurry in motion otherwise the powder quickly drops down to the bottom and you have to use a nozzle with a very large hole, but it seemed to be better than trying to apply a fine powder to a large area - and it sticks to vertical surfaces that way, when the water evaporates.