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Old 02-27-2013, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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infestation? im going to be getting a hedgehog that will most likely have mites soon and will be treating him for mites as soon as i get him home. (its the only place i know of to get a hedgehog in my area i cant find any houston breeders) anyway i was wondering if theres a spray i can us that will get rid of mites and mites eggs. when i had a previous hedgehog that had mites (i think i got him from the same place) my vet gave me a spray to use to wipe everything down with but im not sure what was in it
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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could i get this and spray it around on stuff, then when everything in clean and dry put the hedgehog in his cage. in case they come back

http://www.petco.com/product/102342/8-i ... Spray.aspx
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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or in case somehow they get from where i treat my hedgehog (at my moms house) to my apartment
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I'm not sure if any commercial products will definitely work or not - even if they do, as far as I've read, as long as you treat your hedgehog with Revolution for 3 rounds, and clean the cage regularly to get rid of eggs, etc., you should be fine. When Lily had mites, we treated her and I cleaned her cage daily for a few weeks and it worked just fine to get rid of them. For cleaning, I sprayed with a 50/50 vinegar/water solution, then sprayed with a diluted chlorhexidine solution.
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Bird and hedgies have different mites so that spray won't do anything. Treat your hedgehog with revolution as recommended and clean the cage daily and you should be fine.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i was no tgoing to use the bird spray on my hedgie i was going to spray the cage and the area with the spray to kill mites and mite eggs. im doing revolution on him as soon as i get him home
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It won't kill the mites in the cage, its for the type of mites birds get, not the type hedgehogs get.
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Most commercial sprays don't work very well, if at all. Mites are notorious for being incredibly resistant to chemicals, which is why it is so easy for them to live with humans. In their home, on their skin, on their pets, etc. Mite sprays are definitely mostly designed for aggressive, biting mites that you would find on animals. I am not sure of the family of mites that would infest hedgehogs, but I guarantee that short of fumigating the place the chemicals in most mite sprays will not be incredibly effective. I've dealt with a lot of mite species in feeders and rescues, and the only mite products I would definitely say works for inanimate objects is going to be mite paper. Sprays will do you nothing unless you are dedicated to spraying and cleaning up the infested areas 6+ times a day. Then maybe you'd make a dent in the population, if only from them drowning in the spray and not from the chemicals.
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If the pet store you're getting your animal from has mites, what other issues is it going to have? Health issues for a hedgehog aren't cheap. Do you have a vet in the area that has worked with hedgehogs before?
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i cant find anywhere/ anyone else in houston to sell me a hedgehog. and i dont want to get a rescue id like a regular hedgehog or a young one. ive already talked about this before there was another topic
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