I regularly get called out to clean sheds infested with red mites, which means I not only scrub and flush out everything but I also spray with a product like Coopex and/or pest dust with Pestene. I then encourage owners to later sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth (DE) around the coop at ground level to prevent the little blood suckers from coming up again, as DE is a suffocating agent on bugs. But this is only one way of doing it, there are other products on the market that you could use if this type of treatment was not as successful.
I encourage you to give this one a go if nothing else has been successful. Pouring sump oil on your coop floor is the furthermost extreme I have heard of poultry owners going to in order to kill off rampaging mites. But hopefully this product might save your yard a bit more environmentally.
A few of my clients have asked about using another product called Inca Malaban Wash and if it is effective.
Inca Malaban Wash has the active ingredient of Maldison, so any product with this ingredient is the equivalent such as Maldison 50, etc. These are all typically used on most livestock, birds and pets to treat for fleas, ticks, lice and mites.
It can be used on dogs, cat and throughout the aviary as well as on other farm livestock.
Can it be used on chickens directly?
No, Malaban Wash is not recommended to be directly on chickens.
Malaban does have the same active ingredient as "poultry dust" so it may work but its not recommended since its not known if its safe for poultry and its not registered for this kind of use. Best to use Pestene Powder, Poultry Dust or Diatomaceous Earth for poultry fleas, lice, tics and mites.
How is it used in the chicken coop to treat for lice and mites?
Take out all birds from their coop before proceeding. Sweep and clean out the coop out thoroughly first, that means remove all the flooring litter. Bag it up for the regular bin. You do not want to encourage the insects to breed up in a nice warm compost bin to migrate back to the chicken sheds again.
Inca Malaban Wash Mix Ratio:
Mix 15mL Malaban Wash with 1 Litre of water.
Spray the shed thoroughly including nesting boxes, floor and walls. Return birds when the coop is dry. As total control of pests requires appropriate treatment of both the animal and its environment, also treat birds with a suitable pest dust.
Maldison 50 Mix Ratio:
Mix 500ml Maldison in 25L of water.
Spray nesting boxes, litter and walls.
Mix 500ml Maldison in 8L water to paint onto roosts.
Repeat applications in 8-14 days to destroy lice hatching from eggs present at first treatment.
Most fodder stores or farm supply stores will stock one of these brands, as well as Pet Stock stores.
Online (Australian Stores):
My Pet Warehouse