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Chicken Mite / Red Mite

What Are Chicken Mites / Red Mites?

There are several mites that may attack Poultry and other birds, the most common of which is the Red Mite (Dermanyssus gallinae), also known as the Chicken Mite or Poultry Mite. Other harmful mites include the Northern Fowl Mite.

Red Mite Infestation Signs & Symptoms

Red Mites are blood parasites, attaching themselves to the birds and feeding on them. Once the mites are full of blood they will fall off the bird. These mites will reproduce rapidly in warm weather. The health of birds is weakened when infested and symptoms can show in several ways including feather loss, lethargy and reduced egg laying.

How To Control Red Mites

The impact of the mites can be reduced by adding the natural product, Anti-Red, to the birds water supply. This weakens the mites and reduces their impact on the birds health. Dragonfli also offer Red Mite Traps to catch adult Red Mites as they crawl into the trap tubes overnight.

A brilliant non-toxic and chemical free solution for Red Mite infestations is the application of Androlis Predatory Mites. Androlis predators will feed on the adults and the eggs of Red Mite. Androlis is harmless to the humans, pets and wildlife. The predators will not even venture onto the birds themselves when applied, preferring to instead feed on the Red Mites once they have fallen to the ground. Androlis can be easily applied to coops with our specially designed Coop Clips.