My yearly Q... harvest mites

poiuytrewq

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Sorry! I ask every summer and am asking again in the hope that someone different reads it and knows what to do!
This morning my horses came in with the dreaded bloody harvest mites on their faces. Same battle every summer since we have lived here (never even heard of them previously)
They vanish as quickly as they start in I think Sept/October time so its at least fairly short lived but drives me and them insane in the meantime.
Ive tried various mite treatments but all are geared towards feather mite which is a different thing and seems not to work in this case. Ive also had them injected but again its for feather mites really and didnt help.
Please please someone have a suggestion/solution for me?
 

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Ive only got experience of mites in feathers. Ive never heard of them on faces. Ive had good results with a sulphur dip (on legs obviously and I realise you cant dip faces but could sponge on). It stinks though. Im presuming youve tried Frontline?
 

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Ive only got experience of mites in feathers. Ive never heard of them on faces. Ive had good results with a sulphur dip (on legs obviously and I realise you cant dip faces but could sponge on). It stinks though. Im presuming youve tried Frontline?
Interesting, last night I lightly sponged some Shapleys MTC into the worst/first effecteds face. I think the active ingredient in that is sulphur and he was less bumpy this morning.
 

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I havent tried Switch or Spot on no, Ill add them to my list!
Frontline I used last summer for a while but didnt think it helped much more than anything else, however I think maybe Im expecting too much! I think i want it to be like a lice situation, you treat and it gos away. I think maybe I need to accept this has to be done every few days
 

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Sulphur smells like rotten eggs so youll know if its in what you are using. Frustratingly one treatment cleared 3 legs but one has been more persistent. Ive done the sulphur twice now and pig oil in between.
 

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Sulphur smells like rotten eggs so youll know if its in what you are using. Frustratingly one treatment cleared 3 legs but one has been more persistent. Ive done the sulphur twice now and pig oil in between.
Ive never thought of it that bad! More burning something
 

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Interesting, last night I lightly sponged some Shapleys MTC into the worst/first effecteds face. I think the active ingredient in that is sulphur and he was less bumpy this morning.
Can I ask how you know it's harvest mites? Been religiously treating one of my feathereds for feather mites but with zero response and it flares up every year around now and on long grass. Harvest mites would make sense...
 
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