Liquid Sprays for Mite Control

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scottfreidhof
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Thinking about controlling mites in nests for the first time in 2021. As an alternative to a popular insecticide dust to control mites, I would like to try a liquid spray. To avoid violating forum policy I won't name the product or provide a link. It is an all natural control for mites and bedbugs in homes. The active ingredients are sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium chloride, and citric acid. Has anyone tried a liquid spray product to control mites in martin housing?
Conrad Baker
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No, I haven't. I have only used Sevin Dust, but you have my attention. I would like to hear if anyone else has had luck with it.
Dave Duit
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Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Second option, Avian Insect Liquidator.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
BumBee
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There is a product named ZEVO. They claim it is safe to use around people and pets.
Can be found at Home Depot where bug and insects killer are found.
flyin-lowe
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I don't think you violate any policy by mentioning the name of the product. People discuss Seven on here all the time. I am not certain about the product you are talking about but the issue with using Seven in the liquid form is that is loses it's effectiveness very quickly. Between the sun and rain it is not the best option. If there is a safe option that could be applied to the outside of the housing and would be affective I would definitely be interested. I just sprinkle the powder Seven under the front of each nest a day or two before eggs are due to hatch. This has always lasted long enough to keep the mites away until they fledge.
2021.................HOSP count-6
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
Whippy
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flyin-lowe wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:33 pm
... I just sprinkle the powder Seven under the front of each nest a day or two before eggs are due to hatch. This has always lasted long enough to keep the mites away until they fledge.

Flyin-lowe,

Not sure you do this as well but I put Sevin dust in the nest for when the adults return. Within few days of them staying in the gourds over night, I notice they no longer scratch and fidget all day long. Once the mites and fleas are off the parents, I don't see any infestation with the babies. I do monitor them all season so if I need to re-apply, I do so. Ive only had to re-apply in one nest each year.

Just thought I'd throw that at ya.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
Dave Duit
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Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Avian Insect Liquidator.
Instant control of pests on contact with additional 6 week residual protection against reinfestation. Penetrates into the plumage of birds to kill mites and lice under the feathers and on the skin. 100% safe for use on all birds.
Recommended For:
Use on mites, lice, flies, spiders, ants or any situation where external parasites are a problem, including nest boxes, flights, perches, aviary floors, indoor cages and for direct application to the bird.
Of course don't drench the bird in spray or excess around the face. Follow directions.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
daveh
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I use sevin dust inside the compartments, about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. under or sprinkled into the nest walls when eggs are being layed. I also use liquid sevin outside compartments like around entrances or around the gourd caps. Works great. Mites usually gone in a day.

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warbird
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daveh wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:05 am
I use sevin dust inside the compartments, about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. under or sprinkled into the nest walls when eggs are being layed. I also use liquid sevin outside compartments like around entrances or around the gourd caps. Works great. Mites usually gone in a day.

Dave
same here works good
joe
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dsonyay
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Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total (May2020)

flyin-lowe wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:33 pm
I just sprinkle the powder Seven under the front of each nest a day or two before eggs are due to hatch. This has always lasted long enough to keep the mites away until they fledge.

Great idea. I’m doing the same this year. I had a terrible mite problem last year. Never again.

David
joyjazz
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Can you put anything in the houses to prevent mites/etc prior to them arriving? My houses are stacking ones and are hard to mess with after they've nested or have started to nest. Can you use the things they use for parakeets, that they put inside cages, something called "Bird Protector" 8 in 1"?
flyin-lowe
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I don't know about that specific product but I have never heard of people using it. What type of housing do you have that makes it tough to open them up. I know not everyone can do it but ideally you would be opening each cavity every week or so just to check for dead babies, capped eggs, mites, and other issues.
2021.................HOSP count-6
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
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