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Tom writes,

How can I get rid of fleas in my hen house?

I have a stick-tight flea problem in my hen house. Do you have anything that will help? I ordered some Demize, perhaps that will work.


Due to the nature of this type of flea, the attached female fleas may have to be picked off of the birds or if the fleas are too numerous a flea product that is labeled for use on poultry may be used. The fleas that are infesting the henhouse itself (juveniles, adults, eggs and pupae) should be treated just like any other flea infestation. Remove the infested bedding and discard and vacuum or clean the area. Spray the hen house floor and bird resting area with the insecticide, paying special attention to cracks and crevices. Be sure to treat outdoor areas where the birds frequent, paying special attention to moist shady areas and areas where the birds may rest or spend more time. Tengard would be a great choice for this type of application because it can be used on poultry and in poultry houses and offers a long lasting residual. Adding an insect growth regulator such as Martin IGR will  help stop the breeding cycle of the fleas and  help eliminate a flea infestation faster. Pyganic dust can also be used in cracks and crevices and on the poultry to help eliminate the flea population.  Demize EC is an excellent product but it is not labeled for use in poultry houses.

Answer last updated on: 04/19/2010

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