Sunday, March 16, 2014

Natural And Safe Pest Control For Cleaning Chicken Coop



This is the season for ants, flies, mites, lice, mice, rodents, etc. Here is a perfect article from Fresh Eggs Daily on The Natural Way to repel these problems. I have tried all of these and they do work. I never use Raid or any harsh chemicals in my coop. I have a garden I start in the spring one for myself and one for my girls, perfect time to grow all of these herbs. This is all natural products tha are safe for the chicken's and people. 




Ants
Also earwigs, silverfish, fleas, crickets, millipedes and centipedes
Sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth.
Sprinkle black pepper or cloves.
Make sachets using fresh lavender, rosemary and thyme.
Plant mint and basil around the run.
Spray white vinegar.
Cinnamon sticks or sliced garlic cloves.



Fleas
Shampoo with 1 part Dawn detergent or mild baby shampoo, 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts warm water.
Use lavender sachets.
Dust hens with DE.


Flies
Plant basil, dill, rosemary or mint around the run area. 
Plant citronella (lemon grass) around the run area.
Open a bottle of Chardonnay and drop a few mango peels into it. Leave outside the run or on your kitchen counter.
Hang vanilla-soaked cotton balls in mesh bags in your run.
Hang sachets of cloves, eucalyptus and clover blossoms.
Sprinkle food-grade Diatomaceous Earth.


Lice
Mix 2 cups of salt into 2 gallons of warm water. Soak the hen for 10 minutes, then soak her for five minutes in a tub of 2 gallons of warm water with 1/2 cup of Dawn dishwashing liquid and 1/2 cup of white vinegar mixed in. The lice should drown and float to the top.  Rinse her well and dry her thoroughly. Dust with food-grade Diatomaceous Earth.  Repeat every other day or so until you no longer see evidence of the lice.
Apply coconut oil every day for five days.
Squirt apple cider vinegar onto the affected hens where you see the lice.
Essential oils sprayed onto the affected hens that kill lice include: lavender, rosemary, clove, thyme, anise, cinnamon leaf, red thyme, peppermint, nutmeg
Mice
Sprinkle cayenne pepper.
Plant lavender around your run and coop.
Plant mint around the run and coop. 


Mites
Sprinkle food-grade Diatomaceous Earth and fireplace ash in the dust bath area, on the floor of the coop and rub some into the roosts.
Feed hens raw minced garlic.
Spray hens with a 10% garlic juice/water solution.
Mix 1 Cup of cooking oil, 2 Cups of water and 1 T dishwashing liquid and spray coop interior.
Mix cooking oil and water and leave a bowl in your coop to 'trap' the mites.
Mix garlic juice, thyme, tea tree and lavender essential oils into water (1/10 ratio oils/water)
(UK poultry scientists found this mixture achieved a 100% kill rate over 24 hours)
Bay, cinnamon, clove, coriander or spearmint essential oils in water sprayed on the hens.

Mosquitoes
Plant marigolds around the run and coop.
Plant fennel.
Plant rosemary, lavender, bee balm, basil, catnip or thyme around the run (or hang sachets).
Stick cloves into half an orange, lime or lemon and hang them where you are seeing the pests.
Sprinkle cinnamon.


Roaches 
(Also earwigs, silverfish, fleas, crickets, millipedes and centipedes)
Sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth.

Slugs
Scatter crushed eggshells around plants.
Halve fresh oranges.

Snakes
Plant marigolds around the run.
Spray clove or cinnamon oil.
Sprinkle agricultural lime around the run/coop area.

Spiders
Plant spearmint or peppermint.
Slice fresh garlic cloves.
Leave out orange, lime or lemon peels.
Spray white vinegar mixed with chili pepper oil.
Plant lavender around the run. 


Ticks
Plant rose geraniums around the run.
Spray rose geranium oil around the run or on pets.
Plant Lavender around the run.
Get some free-ranging guineas.
Dust with DE.


Miscellaneous Flying Insects
We have a bug zapper hanging over our run and each morning when I let our chickens out, they run right over and stand under the zapper to see what tasty toasted treats will fall to the ground ! 





This Article From : http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2012/04/natural-pest-control.html
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