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Hi hogdevotee

No, you definitely don’t want to be thinking of cleaning out a hog house if it’s being used. But normally a hog wouldn’t use the same nest twice, thus helping to reduce to any parasite problems. Obviously we hope that they will use our hog houses again, which is why (once absolutely certain that the hog has moved out) we try to get rid of any parasite eggs. It isn’t safe to use insecticides with hogs, hence the boiling water to kill any eggs. It also has the advantage of getting into the joins between the wood, where tiny ticks, etc. can hide. Once clean, dry, and parasite free, hopefully another hog might decide to use the box to build a nest in.

But sometimes we have to trust the hogs natural instincts to move on from a nest which has parasites in it.