Barrier Red Mite Concentrate 500mls
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Red Mite Concentrate and Red Mite Powder are effective repellent combinations to be applied to poultry as a proactive deterrent to red mite infestation or to rectify an existing problem. Our formulation uses only 100% natural ingredients. Its active ingredient is a synergised tropical plant extract mixed with a blend of herbal and essential oils, all of which are proven effective against all types of mite and lice. More information
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Red Mite Concentrate and Red Mite Powder are effective repellent combinations to be applied to poultry as a proactive deterrent to red mite infestation or to rectify an existing problem. Our formulation uses only 100% natural ingredients. Its active ingredient is a synergised tropical plant extract mixed with a blend of herbal and essential oils, all of which are proven effective against all types of mite and lice.
Directions for use for Red Mite Concentrate:
- Red mite is a nocturnal creature so it’s best to spray the birds at night
- Dim the lights as low as practically possible to avoid any undue agitation amongst the birds
- Don’t forget that red mite can live away from the bird for up to 36 weeks
- To use as a general preventative, dilute the product 1 part concentrate to 50 parts water (500ml bottle will make 25L of ready to use product)
- To correct an existing Red Mite problem, bring the dilution down to 1 part concentrate to 20 parts water (500ml bottle will make 12.5L of ready to use product)
- Normally the product is applied via a knapsack sprayer and applied directly over the poultry
- Shake before spraying directly and evenly over the birds
- Repeat within 7 days
This product is also available as a powder application (GPC-169) to dust onto the birds or to include in the dust bath.
Have I got red mite?: An increase in feed consumption accompanied by a decrease in egg production and growth are signs that a poultry house should be examined for mites. They are often found by looking under loose clods of litter, under slats, in nests or in any cracks and crevices in the house structure. They are evident as tiny red to blackish dots often in clusters.
Severe Irritation: Birds will suffer severe irritation resulting in decreased egg production. There is usually an increase in vent pecking and a general distress to the birds.
Outside treatment : In warmer conditions, Red Mite can survive outdoors - even in grass and will wait until treated areas are no longer a danger. Entrances must be regularly treated.
What is Red Mite?: These tiny free-living bloodsuckers are a common problem for the new Chicken keepers. Chickens are the main hosts, with mite troubling flocks of free range and barn egg layers. They may also occur in ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons and other avian species.
Red Mite can survive away from birds for up to 36 weeks. It is important to continue the application after they appear to have gone. It is also advisable to treat housing - entrances, slats, roof structures, cracks and crevices with an effective AND suitable pesticide.
Life cycle : Red Mite are able to live away from birds for up to 36 weeks and so it is essential that application continues to prevent re-infestation.
Know your enemy: Red mite are nocturnal ectoparasites, feeding on the birds as they roost at night and disappearing into the cracks and crevices of the building structure during the day.
The adult female measures 0.7 mm x 0.4 mm and is red in colour after feeding or otherwise grey/black in appearance. They thrive in the warm food-rich environment of a poultry house where their life cycle can be as short as 7 days.
The larvae hatch and mature into egg laying adults in as little as 3-4 days, which can result in dramatic population growth. They persist in empty poultry houses due to their ability to roll themselves into a tight ball putting their tough sclerotized, chemical resistant shell outwards. In this kind of hibernation state they have been known to survive up to 36 weeks, even without feeding. They may arrive on the farm in equipment such as egg trays, contaminated feed, through intakes of infested birds, or through wild bird transmission.
Infestation Problems: A red mite infestation can mean one or more of the following problems: Mild to severe irritation of the birds resulting in depressed production. An increase in floor eggs - since birds will avoid heavily infested nest boxes. An increase in vent pecking, Clinical anaemia, leading to dull, pale combined birds, Pale yolk colour.
Hygiene: The risk of the red mite infestation can be significantly reduced by a complete and effective hygiene programme and with regular health checks on your poultry.
Best time to apply: The best time to treat the birds is in the evening, because Red Mite are nocturnal and so feed on the birds as they roost at night. Apply in accordance with the directions for use, directly onto the birds.