Lice or mites on chickens are a pain because infestations are usually heavy, and the insects' life cycle is difficult to thwart. However, there is a natural chicken lice and mite treatment with diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth for chickens works to effectively remove the mites and lice in a safe way. As the fine powder coats their coop, it begins to repel the existing lice or mites, while stopping the insects' egg cycle.
Diatomaceous earth consists of porous diatoms that will absorb moisture and deodorize the area. It's the absorbent properties of DE that are so effective in dehydrating insects, providing long-term protection from lice and mites.
Make sure you have all the right equipment for the job. You can select one of our diatomaceous earth kits that include everything you'll need or just buy some DE and use your own applicators. There is no wrong way to apply diatomaceous earth; it just needs to come into contact with the insect to work.
Be sure to clean the coop before you add diatomaceous earth for chickens. This prepares the environment to rid the coop of any mites or lice.
Diatomaceous Earth is only effective when it is in contact with the lice or mites. Lightly cover the floor of the coop. An applicator like the 3 quart sifting scoop will make spreading diatomaceous earth easy. Make sure areas such as bedding, nest boxes and feeding areas receive special attention.
Some people have put DE in the dust bathing area. This is useful because the chickens will naturally bath themselves in the DE, continuing to treat the mite or lice problem.
In order to claim that diatomaceous earth kills insects, we have to comply with EPA regulations. We sell both EPA approved DE and Non EPA approved DE. The EPA approved diatomaceous earth does NOT have any extra additives mixed into it. The only difference is it has the proper labelling and registrations needed to comply with the EPA regulations governing insect kill claims. As such all diatomaceous earth kill claims are ONLY referring to the EPA labelled 5 and 50 lbs Perma-Guard Crawling Insect Control DE.
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