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About Banshee

Banshee is a natural solution to prevent red mite infestations in poultry sheds, coops, hutches or houses. Banshee is a blend of natural plant essential oils in a mineral oil carrier with emulsifiers to help it mix with water for easy application.

Banshee was developed by Renovo Technologies in response to a request from a commercial grower.

The commercial grower has continued to use Banshee with outstanding results on flock health.

The success of Banshee has encourages Renovo Technologies to make it available to a larger group of users in pack sizes which suit all scales of poultry farming from small urban/lifestyle through to large commercial growers.

 How Does it Work

Banshee works by repelling red mites away from poultry housing, and in the process also keeps the birds from mite infestations. The essential oil blend was specifically formulated to deter red mites from a treated area following extensive research and consultation with a commercial grower and veterinarians in New Zealand.

Red mites live on surfaces and in cracks and crevices and only migrate onto the bird to feed. If the mite harbourages in chicken housing are not attractive places for red mites to congregate then they move out and away from the birds. This reduces the ease of getting a blood feed from the birds and so reduces the egg laying from of red mites. 

The video below shows red mites being deterred away from a treated area.

Benefits of Banshee

Banshee has a number of benefits over other products which are used for red mites, none of which have been assessed by the Veterinary Medicines regulator (ACVM):

  • Assessed to be exempt from regulations by the ACVM.
  • Safer with low toxicity from natural essential oils instead of harsh synthetic chemicals.
  • No crystalline silica, a cancer causing impurity found in diatomaceous earth.
  • Low residual product.
  • Applied to surfaces, not directly to the birds resulting in less stress on the birds.

How to Use Banshee

Banshee is straightforward and easy to use, only requiring a pressurised sprayer, such as a common 'garden sprayer' or 'trigger sprayer' found in hardware stores. The birds should be moved out of the area to be treated until the spray solution has dried.

The product is added to water at the correct use rate depending on the type of sprayer used:

  • 80 ml per 5 litres of water for a garden sprayer, or 16 ml per litre of water.
  • 80 ml per 100m2 of treated area if a more elaborate professional or commercial sprayer is being used.

The spray solution is then thoroughly mixed and applied to the point of run off (when the spray solution starts to run off vertical surfaces and pool on the floor) over all exposed surfaces in the chicken house/coop/shed. A thorough saturation of these surfaces will ensure that any mites will be deterred away from the chicken housing.

Repeat at 7 day intervals or as necessary.

 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Banshee an insecticide? No, Banshee is not an insecticide as it is designed to repel mites away from poultry housing.
  • Does Banshee smell? Banshee is made using an essential oil blend and has a characteristic odour which comes from the essential oils used. Some people like the odour, some people don’t.
  • Will resistance develop with Banshee? It is very unlikely that resistance will occur due to its use as a repellent and the blend of essential oils used.
  • What pack sizes area available? Banshee is available in 240ml, 1L and 5L packs. For a small grower using a garden sprayer, 240ml will make up 15L of spray mix.
  • Is a Safety Data Sheet Available? It is free to download from our website here.
  • How do I determine how much water my sprayer applies per 100m2? A typical 'garden sprayer' will apply 5L of water per 100m2 of treated area which would require a dilution rate of 80 ml Banshee in 5L of water, or 16 ml Banshee per litre of water. For larger users with more elaborate sprayers information on how to calibrate your sprayer is found on our website here.