FIRST PLAN OF ACTION
1. As soon as you suspect mites, treat the hens with Pestene and clean the shed thoroughly. Coop materials in general waste bin, bagged.
2. Use a residual spray in the coop. Spray everywhere once swept clean. This means underneath levels and even outside. Make sure every crack, corner and roof areas are sprayed. Wearing a mask and gloves is essential.
3. Shower well. Thoroughly lather up and wash your hair.
4. Wash your clothes that you treated the chickens and cleaned the coop with in a HOT wash in the washing machine.
5. Stand your boots in hot water with disinfectant.
6. Its essential that chickens be allowed to dust bath, but encourage them to a fresh location if possible. Adding DE, Pestene or the herb Wormwood to the dust bathing area can be helpful.
If persistent bites occur, the mites may have hitched a ride on you. If they are on you, then they are probably in your soft furnishings too, such as bedding, cushions and clothing.
SECOND PLAN OF ACTION
1. Wash all clothing, bedding and cushion covers.
2. For all other soft furnishings that cannot be washed, either thoroughly vacuum or vacuum seal in a plastic bag and leave items sitting in full sun for a few days (as you would if you had a headlice outbreak - doing this with soft toys).
3. Vacuum. Concentrate on the skirting board areas and all corners. Mites like to hide in those places the most.
4. Spray with a good surface spray.
5. Call a Pest Controller.
6. YOUR HAIR: Use a headlice product and comb through with conditioner to dislodge any invaders.
7. YOUR SKIN: Use a product called Lyclear from the Chemist to clear up Mites from your skin. (Normally used for Scabbies)
Lyclear Scabies Cream kills mites in their burrows. It contains no colour agent and no perfume, it is odourless and absorbed completely into the skin leaving no residue. Lyclear is completely effective in 91% of infestations after only one application. Lyclear dermal cream should be used to cover the whole body and left on overnight, if treating scabies. For the treatment of crab lice the cream must be left on the skin for 24 hours.
Available at all Pharmacies. Retails around $15.