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Redmite (just for a change)
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I have been out there creosoting the third house this afternoon. Bit worryingly, within half an hour I felt sick and dizzy and had to stop. This happened a few days ago as well..can a person become allergic to creosote? At this rate it will take me a while to finish this one..??
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#17
Have you been wearing a face mask Aunt Sally ?
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I have to say we didnt use a mask this time, but we both felt ok. Hope you are ok AS
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I didn't wear a face mask...I used to creosote without problem.?
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#20
was it the new stuff or the old stuff?
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#21
Maybe you now need to wear a mask AS. I can no longer use mould sprays as they make me feel really poorly,MrK9 gets that job now. Big Grin
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#22
Real stuff Teazel and yes K9 I have bought some masks for using in the future...
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#23
I thought I was winning this battle and then I went out last night and they were everywhere. I'm totally fed up. We're getting a new coop soon (hopefully) but I'm thinking maybe just go plastic with a smaller coop and less birds.
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(29-08-2016, 07:54 AM)chickenmum Wrote: I thought I was winning this battle and then I went out last night and they were everywhere.  I'm totally fed up.  We're getting a new coop soon (hopefully) but I'm thinking maybe just go plastic with a smaller coop and less birds.

Try the sulphur fumigation - an empty standard 400g tin works well, (beans, tomatoes, cat food, etc), with label removed, filled with sulphur powder, and placed on a heat-proof slate. place in the coop, light (easiest with a blowlamp, but a small bit of candlewax and a match should work fine, a match on its own might be OK but I can't promise), and close up the coop (no birds in there of course!!!) - it burns with a low very pale blue flame, almost invisible. Seal up any obvious cracks or gaps with parcel tape/duct tape or whatever, and leave for 6-8hrs (or longer if possible). I used 2 tins for a 8' x 3' x 5' coop - sulphur is cheap. Keep the birds away so they aren't next to leaks from the coop, though I doubt they would stay there!

Air well for at least an hour then check the smell has gone, (though I swept mine out within half an hour - lots of dead mites). Leave for a while longer before any birds are closed in, to allow any residual gas to come out of the wood.

At a minimum I would expect the numbers to be cut to a miniscule fraction of pre-treatment levels. My coop was crawling with them beforehand (literally 100s of 1000s, several per square centimetre on all surfaces, it was horrible) I found one or two a couple of nights later, and they looked sick. I haven't totally eradicated but So much better.

Sulphur is often available from horse tack/feed shops in 1.5 to 5Kg packs.
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