In case you want to know what mites look like

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Bulldog1
Posts: 700
Joined: Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:33 am
Location: Mississippi/Hamilton

Sevin always works for me. Another reason, I try to take pics when I do nest checks; I would have missed them the first time.

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2015 - 18 Gourds offered - 12 active nests, 62 eggs, 51 fledged
2014 - 18 gourds offered - 12 active nests, 52 eggs, 48 fledged
2013 - 12 gourds offered - 9 pairs, 56 eggs, 52 hatched, 49 fledged
2012 - 12 gourds offered -4 pairs, 20 eggs, 19 fledged
2011 - 6 gourds offered -1 pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 fledged !!!!
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

Wow... Thanks for the photo. I would have missed them too. I didn't realize they were that small.. Pass that Pic around everyone..

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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AidanRois
Posts: 182
Joined: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:19 am
Location: Mississippi/Horn Lake
Martin Colony History: Since 2012

yupp... those are the little demons we get.


gah, I hate those things. :x
Tiffeny N. - Horn Lake, MS - PMCA member
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Peggy Riley
Posts: 885
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:21 pm
Location: TX/Tolar

I always feel like I need a bath after dealing with them! Keep thinking they are crawling up my arms. Yuck!!!!
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2017 101 pair
steve r
Posts: 351
Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:16 am
Location: Antioch/Plant City Fla

Yuck sends chills down my spin just seeing the pictures. I hate the little buggers.
dhjohnson
Posts: 478
Joined: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:24 pm
Location: North Carolina/Clayton
Martin Colony History: 5th year hostess. Currently 58 confirmed breeding pair. 218 Fledged, 35 older nestlings, 2 new nests with 8 nestlings. 100% occupancy

Great pictures Bulldog,
Nasty little buggers! Causes some jumpers!

My first experience with mites came in year two (2013). I was doing a nest check and felt something crawling up my arm. I looked down to exclaim as a pure wave of them was marching up my right arm. I freaked and ran for the garden hose and rinsed them off quickly. I then headed for the sevin container. I was able to get rid of them in a THG with six nestlings after two treatments!

When you have a mite infestation it is NOT a reflection on your housing cleanless. This gourd was brand new! It is the birds (adults) that return infested. A good point of placement is in the tunnel where they walk through and help treat the young and nest bowl as well.

Sevin can be your friend in these situations.
Best of luck in the 2014 martin season!
Debbie
Debbie Johnson
Clayton/NC (Archer Lodge)
2012 New Site 6 pair, 21 Fledged
2013 24 pair, 102 eggs, 94 hatched, 89 Fledged. What a great year!
2014 37 pair, 211 eggs, 193 Hatched, 178 Fledged, 1 nest of 5 young left! Late start but picked up speed quickly!
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