Diatomaceous Earth - Mite Control Powder
Diatomaceous Earth (diatom) is an absorbent, desiccant powder, used for the control of mite in poultry. Diatomaceous Earth is a natural mineral made from the remains of diatoms, a type of microscopic water-based algae. Diatoms have a high amount of silica in their cellular structure and as these creatures die naturally, build-ups of their silica-based remains form diatomaceous earth.
Diatom is a very effective and safe way to control red mite in poultry. Our diatom doesn't contain any additional pesticides. It is 100% natural, has no smell, and is totally safe to use on birds and animals.
How to use:
To control an established red mite infestation:
You need patience to eradicate red mite, so be prepared to repeat treatment regularly. It may take a few weeks to totally eradicate an infestation. Regularly re-treating perches and nestboxes with diatom is essential.
Clean out hen house thoroughly, disposing of all infected bedding. Thoroughly clean perches, walls, floors, ceilings, and nestboxes. Once clean, liberally apply diatom to all surfaces, paying special attention to cracks, corners and joints. This is where red mite like to hide out between meals.
One of the easiest way to apply diatom is using a hand dustpan brush, which you dip into the powder and then flick into corners.
Treat your chickens using the powder as well - don't worry, it's totally safe for them. To apply to a chicken, pick the bird up by its legs and turn it upside down. Using your hand brush, liberally sprinkle diatom powder into its feathers, under wings and over a much of the bird as possible.
A top tip is to add diatom to a dust bath as well. This allows your birds to top up their treatment themselves - a lot less stressful for everyone!
To prevent red mite infestations:
Sprinkle diatom into hen house corners, cracks and joints each time you clean your hens out.
Note for gardeners:
Do not put used diatom-treated bedding from your chicken run onto your compost heap. Diatom works by desiccating invertebrates, killing them. Invertebrates, bacteria and fungi are all essential to the process of breaking down compost, and diatom can stop this process in its tracks.