Red mite

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How do I recognize blood mites?

The adult red mite is approximately 1 mm in size and can be seen with the naked eye. The animal has 8 legs and looks like a small spider. The red mite can be difficult to recognize because it can be gray or white in color. Only when the red mites have sucked blood will they look red or purplish, as in the photo.

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Red mite hiding places

Red mites like dark cracks and crevices to hide in. The creature crawls out of its hiding place at night and looks for sleeping chickens to suck blood. During the day you will never find red mites on your chickens or birds.

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How do I detect blood mites?

The red mite test  uses this principle and with this product you can detect blood mites. The red mites crawl into the holes in the cardboard during the day. You can attach the tube in the night shelter in the winter and check it every few weeks to see if there are red mites.

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How do I recognize red mite damage?

Red mites feed on the blood of chickens and birds. A red mite infestation causes stress and irritation for the chickens and is harmful to the general health of the bird.

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Stress in chickens and birds

When birds are attacked by red mites, they show irritated and stressed behavior. They start pecking at each other and losing their feathers. Excessive eating and drinking is also an indication that red mites are present. The chickens have little energy and have to compensate by consuming more nutrients.

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Blood loss in chickens and birds

Because the red mites feed on the birds and chickens, the pets lose blood. Chickens often develop a pale comb, which can be used to recognize anemia.

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Red lice and eggs

The general health of the chicken or bird affects the quality of the eggshell. The hobby birds also lay fewer eggs. Eggs get so-called 'blood dots', red dots on the eggshell.

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How do I combat red mites?

Red mites can be prevented and controlled with Androlis predatory mites. Androlis is the natural enemy of the red mite. The predatory mites attack the blood mites at night and eat them. Androlis can get into nooks and crannies that you cannot reach yourself.

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The importance of a clean cage

To prevent and combat red mites properly, it is very important to clean the bird's enclosure thoroughly. Empty the cage completely and use the vacuum cleaner for small nooks and crannies. Clean the bird enclosure extensively with an ecological all-purpose cleaner and a brush. Then let the cage dry thoroughly.

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How do I prevent red mites?

After you have cleaned the cage, you can close small cracks. You can use acrylic sealant for this, for example. Then use Androlis predatory mites as a preventative measure every 12 weeks in the spring.

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When do predatory mites not work?

Androlis predatory mites cannot be used in combination with red mite killing agents such as insecticides or pesticides. Furthermore, products that dry out the predatory mite, such as whitewash, or products that the animal sticks to, such as Vaseline, oil baths or certain sticky environmental sprays. Finally, sharp materials and sprays such as silica powder with diatomaceous earth, these agents injure the predatory mites and reduce their effectiveness.

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