Bird Mites (commonly known as bird lice)
Bird Mite bites are 10 times worse than flea bites and can cause anything from minor irritation to severe reactions.
The eight-legged bird lice are of the arthropods family and are commonly found on pigeons, starlings, sparrows and Indian Mynah birds. They inhabit the nesting materials of birds and live directly on the animals. Bird lice feed on the blood of the animal and coexist with the bird and its habits.
The main problem with bird lice is that once the fledgelings have left the nest, the mites can come directly into the home via the roof or ledges close to vents or windows. Although the mites cannot survive solely of humans, they can take up to 3 weeks to die if left untreated.
Bird Mite Treatment and Control
Irritation from bird mite bites can be alleviated with creams. Severe reactions may have to be treated, like other allergic conditions, with antihistamines. Unless steps are taken to control the mite infestation, symptoms resulting from bird mite bite will continue.
An insecticidal spray can be applied to eradicate mites inside houses, but the treatment of rooms without removal of nests in roof cavities will not stop mites from returning. Broken tiles or timber, allowing access to roof cavities, should be repaired and all potential entry points to the eaves and roof cavity blocked. Roosting and nesting sites on window ledges should be cleared and made unsuitable for future bird use. A member of our friendly team at Possum Plus can assist and carry out all work required.