Bird Mite

Bird Mite
Size: less than 1/32"
Color: Semi-transparent
Habitat: Indoor and outdoor
Infestation: Parasite
Questions & Answers : How to get rid of Bird Mites (25)
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Bird Mite Control

Bird mites, or also known as chicken mites, get their name because they are parasitic arachnids that typically host on a wide variety of birds, especially chickens. Usually, they will host on bird species and they only become a structural pest when they move from the birds and bird nests to the inside and outside of buildings. When their original food source moves or leaves the nest, they will migrate from that nest and begin to attack humans. Because they are capable of attacking people inside structures, they are considered nuisance pests. Bird mites are found worldwide including all throughout the United States.

Bird Mite Identification

Bird mites are tiny in size and most of the time they are not visible by the naked eye. They are about .75 mm to 1 mm long. Their bodies are oval shape and typically, they are flat from top to bottom. They have a single dorsal shield and even though they taper at the rear end, their ends are not pointed. Bird mites are generally almost white in color when they are unfed. After they feed though, they change to a bright red color and as they digest, they change colors to a gray or will even turn black. There are hairs on the shield of the body and on the legs. They have four pairs of legs.

Bird Mites Life Cycle

Bird mites undergo a simple metamorphosis. This means that they simply molt as they develop into fully matured adults. The developmental stages of bird mites include the egg, larva, two nymph stages (protonymph and deutonymph) and finally, the adult stage.

Females lay eggs in batches of about 7 eggs in available cracks and crevices in bird nests or the poultry houses. If bird mites invade inside structural buildings, they will lay eggs in cracks and crevices around and inside the structure of the building as well. Larvae only have 3 pairs of legs and as they molt into nymphs, they develop the last pair of legs. Although larvae do not require a blood meal before they molt into a nymph, nymphs require a blood meal before each molt into the next developmental stage. Also, females require a blood meal before they are able to lay their eggs. Under all favorable conditions, the full developmental period can last for merely 7 days. Once they have fed, adult bird mites can survive for 4 – 5 months without feeding again.

Significance of Bird Mites

The reason why bird mites are such a nuisance is that they are not limited to just birds as a host. Once their original host has moved away, bird mites will invade the indoors of structures to find a new host to feed on and typically, humans are the next choice.

Usually, problems only occur when birds build their nests on roofs of homes or in trees that are very close to the structure. Some of the typical bird species that are involved or leave traces of bird mites are sparrows, pigeons, starlings and chickens. Due to their size, it is easy for bird mites to enter a building. They use window frames, cracks in the attic and ceilings, and other cracks and crevices that are on the exterior of walls.

When humans are attacked by bird mites, they cause an aggravating skin irritation that may look like a rash or a cluster of red bumps. Moreover, several disease pathogens have been recorded that are carried by bird mites. Although the mite’s role in disease transmission and development is still not clear and even unknown, there have been positive experiments that show signs of disease transmission from bird mites.

How to Get Rid of Bird Mites

If a homeowner finds that their home is infested with bird mites, then most likely, they can trace the infestation back to a bird nest somewhere nearby or even in or on the house itself. Sometimes, birds will make nests in attics, on windowsills, in the gutters, on top of the roof, or under the eaves of the house. The first step is to locate the nest and after treatment is applied to the nest with a properly labeled pesticide, the nest must be removed. Once the nest is removed, the surface and the surrounding area of where the nest was must be treated.

Indoor treatment is a multi step process. Use an appropriately labeled aerosol or liquid insecticide to treat the cracks and crevices of the infested rooms. Bird mites will hide or lay their eggs in cracks and crevices of the structure and therefore, it is important to thoroughly treat possible hiding spots or breeding locations. Then using a ULV to fog or mist the room will provide a complete control of bird mites.

Once the structure is chemically treated, it may be necessary to hot water wash and hot dry bedding and cloth materials that have been left out on the floor or close to walls. Keep in mind that all pesticides should be labeled appropriately. All labels and directions should be thoroughly reviewed before any pesticide is applied in and around the house.

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Q. I have bird mites on me how do I get rid of them
A.   Unfortunately, bird mites are a species of mites that are not labeled by the products that we carry. We will not able to advise you to any of the products for DIY pest control on bird mites and you will have to contact a professional. Once again, we sincerely apologize for being unable to better assist you.
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Q. when you use a fogger will it hurt tv or stain things
A.   It will depend on the liquid you are using inside the fogger.
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Q. Bird mites
I have a bird mite infestation 2 local pest controllers have removed the nest, sprayed with Ficam, fogged (one week later) and smoked + light.(one week after this) the bird mites began biting again a week after the last treatment. The local council pest control is investigating other treatments, since I'm not alone in this. Can you suggest any further ways of eradicating them? I live in England. Many thanks
A.   Bird mites are very difficult to get rid of. The best solution is to use an insecticide synergist to enhance the effectiveness of the current insecticide.
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Q. bird mites treatment
We discovered yesterday while cleaning the kids tree house that there is a bird nesting under the eves and the tree house is full of bird mites. We had mights all over us - everyone showered, I put our clothing in plastic bags and left it outside but I am scared to death that we will end up with an ifestation in our house. We have 2 dogs and 4 cats who all are Frontlined on a regular basis but all of the stories on the internet of bird mites infestations are freaking me out!! What to do next??
A.   Bird mites can be fairly difficult to get rid of if you are not careful. You do need to check to see if all your entry points are sealed and that cracks and crevices in the structure as well as utility lines that go into the building have been checked. We recommended using Nygaurd IGR, Onslaught Insecticide and Exponent to attack bird mites. Although there aren't many insecticides that have bird mites on the product label as a target pest, from our experience, we have noticed that these insecticides together have been the most successful in fighting bird mites. All three insecticides are concentrates and so they have to be diluted in water but they can be mixed in the same solution.
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Q. how do i aply onslaught inceticide in my room
i have mites in my room and on my beds and chairs please help me to get ride them.thanks hope to here from you soon.
A.   Depending on the species of mites, the method of treatment will change. It is best to identify what mite species you are dealing with first. Generally though, Onslaught will be applied to base boards, window sills, the frames of the furniture but it cannot be applied directly onto areas that you come in contact with. For example, it can be sprayed on the frame of the bed and underneath the bed, but it cannot be sprayed onto the top surface of the bed where you will lay down. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. How long does a bird mite live without a host?
A.   Some bird mites can survive several months without a host; some for several weeks. Most mites will die within 3 weeks without a blood meal.
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Q. What product kills mites?
A.   We have a variety of products that will kill mites. It will depend on the formulation of insecticide that you will like to use to treat for mites. Liquid sprays may be the most effective. Such products like Talstar Pro and Onslaught are liquid concentrates that must be diluted in water and sprayed on. These provide a long residual. Sterifab is also very effective, but it does not have a residual effect.
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Q. Kill BIRD MITES
A.   The active ingredient Onslaught Insecticide with Martins IGR works best on mites in general. However, we do not have any items that specifically target bird mites.
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Q. Do Bird Mite Protectors Kill Bird Mites After They've Infested A Pet Bird?
A.   We do not carry bird mite protectors. However, we do not recommend using pesticide on live animals unless otherwise directed on the product label. Please refer to the manufacturer for more specific information.
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Q. if there was no nest can you get rid of them easier
My sister passed away in March, so I inherited most of her belongings, I had decided to have a yard sale to sale some of her clothes, I have them stored in a shed in the back yard. Brought one box in laid the clothes on the bed, a couple of night later, I felt them crawling across me, I told my husband but he never felt anything so they tried to say it was all in my head. After about 2 months we finally found out what they were---after they had spread most of the house, new living room furniture, both bedrooms our cat. We sprayed with the Bifen I/T yesterday then felt them last night. I put some tape on the air duct when I found them on it, so my husband went in the atic and sprayed it. I am still finding them on us. we could only bath the cat with flea and tick shampoo, if though she didn't like it she isn't scratching. I had read some web sites on line it about how to get them off of humans, we sprayed down in the shower with bleach and water, 10:1 ratio, then used epsom salt. then wash your hair and rinse it with vinger. It seemed of help, but the smell was hard to get used to, but it only lasted long enough to go to bed, it just seemed they were right back. the pest control we contacted only told us what we could use, helping with expenses. Please tell me what we should do. We took everything apart and sprayed it or washed it in HOT water. is there anything else we can do? Please we are going insane!!!!
A.   Unfortunately, we do not have any products that list out bird mites as a target pest. Bird mites require not only chemical treatment but exclusion as well. All cracks and crevices should be sealed. If you would like more information on bird mite control, please feel free to email us at info@pestmall.com
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