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How effective is Cresote?


In another post I had I was discussing the mite problem I'm having and cresote was suggested as well as dropping and powdering chickens.

I've dropped and powdererd chickens and I'm in the process of cresoting coups! It really seems to have worked as I can see alot of dead mites but how effective is it, what about the bits of wood that I don't have access to like under the felt or bits of cracked wood? How often would it need to be done or will it work for along time after applied.

Any help advice greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Don't let your hens anywhere near until completely dry. Dangerous

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

its great once its on it it will control them i repaint every year

Virginia's fowl
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

A neighbour of mine was on about cresote lately.hes 75 years old and was using it for painting tops of fence posts on electric fence.he reckons cresote is only "piss water" to the old cresote he used to get.hardly much smell of it in fairness compared to a telegraph pole.i know they are soaked in tanks of the stuff but still.he reckons the cresote these days ain't up to much.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

The stuff you can buy in the shops is called Creocote, it works ok. Never tried the old type real creosote for comparison though. The creocote does help get rid of mites, and protects the wood itself as well.

Susan Mc
Thursday, September 15th, 2016

I mix crecoate, burnt oil and diesel. Great stuff. Take longer to soak in though

Ryan Haverty
Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Yes it's creocote but smells the same,its killed mites on wood but just wondering can the wood get infected again after drying,coup has had a long time to dry,birds have been in it 4days and I cleaned out bedding in nest boxes and I've found red mites. . .

Once dryed I dsprinkle ant powder down,i drop birds every week,no clusters of mites on them at the minute and De the birds with powder(haven't managed to get other powder yet.

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

ah mix the ficam-w with the cresote thats what i did

Virginia's fowl
Thursday, September 15th, 2016

What is meant by dropping birds,

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Ivermectin drops

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Old Creosote is banned for use in enclosed areas due to its carcinogenic properties, personally I would not use it, but circumstances could change. Use good judgement and be safe.

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Used proper creosote for over 50 years and still using it now. 100% coal tar and goes on black.Lasts 12 months without re treating,Remove nirds for at least a week.Nothing survives a creosoting.

Castle Farm
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

That should be Birds not nirds.

Castle Farm
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

To rid an infested area of mites persistence is key.
I had a badly infested coop once, I mean it was unbelievably bad, so bad I wanted to burn it down.
Instead I bought gallons of cheap thick bleach (Lidl or Aldi stuff) and mixed it 50/50 in a spray bottle.
Sprayed all nooks & cracks I could possibly reach, inside and out, let it sit for 20 min., sprayed again, focusing on the areas where most mites came out of.
Then I hosed the whole thing out with water.
Then I repeated the spray treatment and hosed again.

I put de powder in after and also on the bird, under wing, vent area, neck, making sure it trickled through to their skin.

Then I waited 2/3 days and repeated the whole process, for two weeks, then only once a week.
After 1 month the coop was completely mite free and remained so for 6 months, I checked very week, no sign of them.
They only started coming back when I slacked off with my twice a month cleaning routine.

Bleach really kills them, even a badly infested coop can be made mite free, but it's not a once off treatment, persistence is key to get rid of an infestation.......after that it's just once or twice a month as a precaution.
A tiny bit of bleach residue gets absorbed by the wood after a few treatments, the mites don't seem to like that and stay away.

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Ever since it became next or near impossible to buy th old style creosote,bleach was recommended to me by landkeeper on here,gave it a try andas you say if it is used regularly it is very effective in controlling mites.
Once you have used it and cleared the coop it a matter of giving it a blast once a week or so and again as you say the residue left behing does seem to deter them from moving in again.
Besides the old creosote and bleach the only other thing i,ve used is Ficam-w,very carefully and using all recommended precautions that works too but is hard to find and a palaver to apply.

Monday, September 26th, 2016

I thought all mites had gone until I picked up the feed scoop the devil's were hiding in the feed bins! it is a constant task as they breed so fast! and spray your tipping heaps where you tip the chicken droppings with jays a hen walking past is a sure target!

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Ivermectin isn't sold for chickens. Anyone have any advice on brands and dosage / dilution levels for use with a dropper, and whether one should avoid eating eggs afterwards and if so for how long?

Monday, June 24th, 2024

Any brand of cattle pour on 0.5% (not the injectable) will do, you may need a flock number to buy it, if you don't know a farmer who can spare a little. If you only have a few birds you can buy harkermectin for pigeons, but it is a very expensive way of buying it.

The dose is 1 drop per 1/2kg of body weight.

There is no prescribed egg withdrawal period for eggs as it hasn't been tested, but most people do 2 weeks.

When using ivermectin keep it well away from any dogs as it is extremely toxic to some dogs especially collies.

Tuesday, June 25th, 2024

Priceless. Many thanks!

I have 8 hens and a cock. Probably going to cut back so they're all on the (one) roost bar -- a couple sleep on the floor at the moment.

I've sprayed the tongue and groove cracks repeatedly with 6% Smite Professional; have double sided sticky tape on the ends of the roost bar (replaced daily; has plastic covers to keep the chickens and dust off it); diatomaceous earth in the next boxes (cleaned regularly) and dustbath sites, and I'm making two visits each night after dark to deal (with a paint scraper) with the ones on the roost bar going away full of blood. Needless to say this involves wearing an anorak with a hood; it seems they jump off the walls onto anything warm. I had thought they process along the roost bar. Clearly not.

I've just managed to get to zero mites overnight on one side of the roost bar but I'd like to get shot of them entirely.

Wednesday, June 26th, 2024

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