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locarno 12-11-2018 07:32 AM

Disinfection with Virkon S ?
Can I disinfect cage, toys and perches using Virkon S ?

My bird is during scaly face mites treatment.

Or just use boiling water to remove mites ?

On this website: I read that:


As the burrowing mites only live on the body, it is not necessary to treat the cage itself with a mite-spray.
It is true ?

Hunterkat 12-11-2018 10:43 AM

Virkon should be fine, just make sure you rinse everything very very well due to the smell. The rehab facility I work at uses it as a disinfectant and cleaner as well. You don't need to "treat" the cage with a mite specific spray but you do need to disinfect EVERYTHING your bird has come into contact with over the course of the treatment.

FaeryBee 12-11-2018 07:09 PM

Please do not use a mite spray in the cage.

The safest way to clean and disinfect the cage would be to use hot water and white vinegar or grapefruit seed extract, or:

F10SCXD Veterinary Disinfectant

Safe Cleaning and Pest Control

locarno 12-12-2018 08:49 AM

Finally I ordered "F10 Avian Disinfectant". It is more expensive than Virkon S, but I think it will be better.

RavensGryf 12-12-2018 01:18 PM

Yes, F10 is for birds and therefore appropriate, if one doesn’t want to go the natural way with vinegar. It also is broad spectrum and kills some viruses, which the vast majority of bird safe cleaners don’t.

FaeryBee 12-12-2018 06:06 PM


Originally Posted by locarno (Post 4101860)
Finally I ordered "F10 Avian Disinfectant". It is more expensive than Virkon S, but I think it will be better.

That is a good choice. :thumbup:

locarno 12-25-2018 05:32 PM

F10 and mites ?
Because my old thread is closed I need to open new one.

I disinfected the cage using F10 spray. However my friend told me that this will not kill mites, because it isn't bacteria or virus. He told me that I should use Insecticide spray or clean mechanically everything.

Did I do something wrong ? I disinfected everything with F10, and then poured with hot water. My bird is after mites treatment, and I don't want my bird again catch mites.

What do you think ?

Blingy 12-25-2018 05:46 PM

When I got my birds about a year ago, my girl had scaly face mites. When the vet told me, I was horrified and was dreading the huge cleaning process but my avian vet told me that the mites cannot survive off the bird, so just a good clean of the cage would be fine and that a huge disinfect isnít needed. I know everyone has different opinions on this, and everyoneís vet probably has a different view as well, but I just cleaned my cage with hot water and white vinegar and Iíve never had a problem since. Of course, keeping the cage clean with your regular paper chambers etc. helps too.

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RavensGryf 12-26-2018 01:17 PM

F10 is not made for mites. Kelly has good advice above :thumbsup:. You’ll have to take the cage apart and make sure all small cracks and crevices are cleaned thoroughly.

FaeryBee 12-26-2018 06:38 PM

You had indicated the bird was "having scaly face treatment" in your previous thread.

It was my understanding from your previous thread (now merged with this one), that your budgie had already been treated for mites using either ivermectin or Scatt Spot-On treatment.

Is that correct?

I know from the previous thread that you already purchased the F10.

If the budgie was properly treated for mites using ivermectin or Scatt, then disassembling the cage and using the F10 disinfectant as directed previously will kill any residual mites or their eggs that may have been hiding in the crevices of the cage.
As Blingy indicated, boiling water can also be used to clean and disinfect the cage, wooden perches, toys, and food and water dishes.

I would like to suggest your friend join the forum if he/she has budgies. ;)

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