Red Mite Control

Predator Mites: Poultry Defender

Poultry Defender (Predator mites) - This natural solution works by competitive exclusion. Using wood shavings or other clean organic material in your coops and nest boxes will help predatory mites establish. These predatory mites if given the correct environment to thrive will hunt out Red mites.

Note: Never add predator mites to a coop that has recently been treated with chemicals, or birds who have been medicated with anti-mite treatments. If this is the case, wait two weeks before introducing the predator mites.

90% of effective red mite control is in coop cleanliness. Over reliance on chemicals leads to resistance.
Red mite talk between Avian Empire and Chris from Bioforce. 


Exzolt is a veterinary medicine used to treat poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) infestation in pullets (young female chickens), breeders and layer hens. Poultry red mite is a parasite that feeds on the blood of hens.


0.05ml per kg of live weight. Exzolt needs two treatments to be properly effective, dosed 7 days apart. 

How much do I need?

Take the total live weight of your birds in kgs x 0.05 x 2 = your amount

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