I’m having an issue with Cheyletiella mites infesting my hay and bothering my rabbits. Do you have something I can use to treat our pens and I’d like something safe enough to use on their feed hay too.
Cheyletiella mites are known to infest dogs, cats and rabbits and can thrive in hay. We have a couple of treatments that will be safe enough to use in their pens, even on the hay they eat.
MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER would be the “organic” solution to treat the hay they eat. It will kill the mites on contact and has just one day to harvest. So if you want the “safest” option, this will do the job. Use it weekly to keep them under control by adding 5 oz to a gallon of water and spraying the gallon over 500 sq/ft of surface area.
Another green and low risk option is ESSENTRIA IC. Made with food grade oils, this concentrate can be used safely on their hay and labeled for dipping animals like dogs, cattle, horses and even poultry for the Cheyletiella mite. The label does not include rabbits but if you can use it on birds, its probably safe for use on rabbits too if they have the mite on their skin. Now can you spray the hay they eat with it? Probably. But I’d wait a good week before letting them feed on it since this is stronger compared to the Multipurpose killer.
So with the Essentria, add 2 oz to a gallon of water for any hay you’re treating they will eat. For general spraying, 6 oz per gallon per 800 sq/ft as a surface spray.