How do I get rid of the hippoboscids(flat flies)
Posted 21 August 2009 - 05:09 PM
I have ringneck and white doves. Thanks.
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Posted 21 August 2009 - 05:28 PM
External parasites such as feather lice and hippoboscids are common. Hippoboscids have been described as looking like flying ticks. These can be treated with a topical treatment of 2% Sevin powder or a 0.03% Pyrethrins, 0.3% Piperonyl butoxide spray - any pet store caged bird spray will likely work. Apply once starting at the neck and working your way down, spray only lightly the beak, then reapply 7 days later. If you cannot spray the bird safely, spray a paper towel and rub that along the bird.
British Insects: Diptera Families - Hippoboscidae
However with Parrots and the way that they preen, I would discuss any treatments listed above with an Avian Vet.
These flies also carry West Nile Virus. I think in you situation its best to plan a vet visit for the proper advice on how to treat this problem. Keep us Posted!
Edited by kellywess, 21 August 2009 - 05:41 PM.
Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:27 PM
Bathing the birdies may dislodge and slow down by drowning the bug; move fast, squeeze and flush down the drain. [Don's assume the drowning is complete; it probably won't be; gotta goosh 'em.]
8-in-1 Mite & Lice spray (a pyrethrin based spray) seems to go a good job. We take in pigeons for rehabilitation and release, and we use this a lot. A thorough spraying seems not to result in problems — and pigeons can be as vain as any other bird, so when it comes to preening, well....
I cannot document this, but the recommendation of our house-flock's vet is ivermectin. The idea: The ivermectin is in the bloodstream, the flatfly sucks the blood; ta-ta flatfly. Standard dosage (per the online UM formulary) is 0.2 mg/kg SQ or PO. Problem: Getting it. This is intended mostly for horses. You can buy an injectible, then give it orally, but you will compromise the seal on the vial, so you want to exercise some care. There is an oral suspension, but it is apparently not being produced (listed as "backordered"). I ordered dispersible tablets from a Canadian firm, which sources it in Barbadoes; not cheap but.... I then compounded the tablet with light syrup to .3mg/ml. You need a prescription.
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