Pest control at this time of year

At this time of year I often get questions about pest control, not just mites and ticks, but the other things that affect birds too.

With outside aviaries, you can get a sudden build up of rats or mice, and rats can actually kill your birds, let alone bring in disease. This is the time of year to do something about it – as the nights start getting colder, it’s a good idea to start putting out poison (of course in the correct way that the manufacturer suggests) for rats and mice. These pests will tend to come in to warmer areas during the months leading up to winter. Although you may have no rodent problems outside at the moment, if you have an aviary with food outside, you may start to attract them. I can remember many years ago my Father telling me that if you see one rat during the day, it probably means you’ve got 30, so this is the time of year to keep on top of any rodent problems that you may have.

With ticks it can also be a problem, especially with parrots, and I have come across several situations where a tick – the same kind that you may get on your cat or dog – has got on to a parrot. If you get one on the head area, the tick can cause the parrot to die as a result of blood clots, inflammation and disease. This is not a very common problem, but I would suggest that if you are worried about mites and ticks, the best thing to do is remove your bird from the room, get a product like Ardrap, spray round the skirting board and around the window, and once the smell has gone it is safe to reintroduce your birds to the room. This type of product will last for six weeks, killing any pest that is crawling around the room.

In an aviary situation as well, if you have mites, we would recommend that you use Mite Predator, so there’s no chemicals at all if you can’t remove all your birds.

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Mites and Ticks

Mite and Tick problems with your bird.

This year has been a very bad year so far for mites.  Mites are an insect that sucks the blood from the bird and they are very difficult to get rid of.  Once you have them in the building or the area where your birds are, to try and get rid of them you need to use more than one method.  The biggest problem is that people use one method, think they’ve got rid of the the mite, and then they come back again.  Thsi happens time and time again.

Step 1: Use ARDAP

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If you can, remove your birds from their enclosure if possible, then you can spray the enclosure with ARDAP.  As soon as the smell goes (we’re talking a matter of minutes) you can put your birds back in again.  Mites tend to move at night, and any surface that they come in contact with that has been sprayed with ARDAP, will kill them for up to six weeks.

You can buy ARDAP here.

Often by itself, that is not enough…

Step 2: Mite Strike

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This is a powder that is completely safe, no chemicals at all and will not harm your birds even if they ingest this product. Mite Strike is a powder that can go into the nest pans or nest boxes of any bird.  As the mites crawl through the powder, it will slowly take off the waxy oily coating they have, and they’ll dehydrate and die.  I would suggest using mite strike all the time, the product goes a long way, and that in conjunction with ARDAP may be all you need to get rid of the mites.

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If these are used and mites do come back again, then the other thing you can consider outside of the breeding season (because you don’t want to upset your bird, during this time) is Ivermectin drops.  Just like drops you put on cats and dogs to get rid of ticks, it’s the same idea.  One little bottle has 180 drops in it and will do a lot of birds.  You’ll have to catch all your birds up and follow the instructions, but basically one or two drops are put on the back of the birds neck.  The same as with other animals, any mites that come along and drink the blood will die.

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That’s the third method.  As a normal good husbandry method, I would suggest using mite strike all the time in the nest boxes and ARDAP regularly especially just before and after the breeding season.

I have spoken to many people who have literally destroyed and burnt down where they keep their birds to get rid of mite, then built the enclosure back up again, with new breeding boxes, new everything and sooner or later the mites come back again.  This is what mite are like.  There is no way you can wipe them out and presume that they’ll never come back again, and this is why it is something you need to keep on top of.  Once you have them, it is very difficult to get rid of them, so we have to keep control of them.

With a pet parrot, you often won’t get mite problems, as they’re often by themselves and don’t have contact with other birds.  What you can get with pet parrots, depending on the other animals in the house, is to get a tick.  This is very, very dangerous because after the bird is infected and the infection can kill birds in some situations.  With that in mind, we would suggest fairly regular use of ARDAP.  ARDAP is something that will kill all cold blooded creatures, so occasionally when the parrot is out of the cage, it can be a good idea to spray the cage and especially around the bottom of the cage where the ticks may come from.  Sometimes you can have a tick on a cat or dog which will crawl off of the animal and onto the bird.  ARDAP will also get rid of any flies or mosquitoes that happen to land where you’ve sprayed it.  The bottom of the parrot cage will sometimes attract flies so if this area is sprayed with ARDAP, any flies that come to this area will be killed very quickly indeed.

If you do buy ARDAP for your parrot, it’s also a product that can be sprayed around the skirting boards in the house in case any ants come in, as well as on cat beds, dog beds, guinea pig beds, etc.  It’s basically a household product, so if you have a parrot, it’s often a good product to have in the house for many different reasons.

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Any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Rob on 01252 342533.

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