Habitat and Bites

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When young birds leave their nest, or they die, hundreds or thousands of bird mites are often left behind. If the bird nest is close to a house the mites will then disperse from the nest and move into the house looking for a food source.

Bird mites commonly infest bedrooms and bathrooms. In particular they will infest carpeting, bedding, upholstered furniture and clothing.

Generally hiding in cracks, crevices and darkened areas when they aren’t active, bird mites are most active at night. They are also more active on damp, humid, overcast days and nights as opposed to warm, sunny days.

Feeding on living organisms, the female needs blood to reproduce. Bird mites are aggressive and often bite humans when their original food source has disappeared.

A bird mite bite is similar to that of a mosquito bite, except it usually takes a lot longer to heal.

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Symptoms of a bird mite infestation include pinprick bites, intense itching, small reddened bumps and a crawling sensation anywhere on the body.

The intense itching is due and irritation on the skin is due to the bird mite’s saliva. When a large area is covered with bites it resembles a rash and is often mistaken for scabies.

Bird Mite Control

A professional pest control treatment is the best way of alleviating a bird mite problem. However there are a few things that can be done by the home owner.

Any broken tiles or timber allowing access to roof cavities should be repaired and all potential entry points in the eaves and roof cavity should be blocked. Roosting and nesting sites on window ledges should be cleared. These sites should then be made unsuitable for future bird use.

All clothing and linen should also be washed in hot water.