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We had a bird nest removed in our bedroom roof because they were dropping on us (ewwwww). My rats are also in my bedroom and I noticed they have a mite problem. My big rat Brudus, (about 3yo) is starting to lose his hair on his back. Can you suggest anything to get rid of the mites? Is it alright to use a tea-tree oil based shampoo when I bath them?

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Sorry I would like to add that bird mites were dropping on us before we removed the nest. Some must have fallen into the cage.
 

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Revolution, which is a medication that is used on cats, is frequently used on rats. I've never used it so I don't know if it's an oral medication or an ointment or what. I myself have always used Ivermectin, which can be given orally or can be injected.
 

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You need to take the rats in to the vet to get medication to treat the parasites with. Usually Ivermectin or Revolution (the cat or kitten/puppy kind) is used safely in rats.

Info on rat parasites: http://ratguide.com/health/integumentary_skin/ectoparasites.php

Info on treating rats with Ivermectin and Revolution:
http://ratguide.com/meds/antiinfectives/ivermectin.php
http://ratguide.com/meds/antiinfectives/selamectin_revolution.php


(Yes, I did more or less copy paste this from what I just posted in the other parasite question thread XD)
 

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^^ and like you, i will repeat the info i put in the other thread....

get some olive oil, rub it all over your rats, then leave them. re-oil a week later, then again a week later. the oil will drown the mites, and the re-oiling will kill any eggs and ensure that you get the persistent little buggers that hatched.

olive oil will not hurt your rats, but they might not be happy with you for a couple of days (mine weren't) but they will get over it and thank you for stopping the annoying itching.
 
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