Bird Mites

What do bird mites look like?

Bird mites are parasitic pests that belong to the same family as spiders and ticks.  They are very small; adults grow only to be about 1/32 of an inch in length. They have a flattened oval body that is covered in short hairs, and mature adults have 8 legs.  Bird mites have a very sharp mouthpiece that they use for piercing the skin of their host to feed on their blood.  The color of the bird mite is determined by the timing of their feedings.  When they have not eaten, they are white-almost translucent in color; after feeding, they are bright red in color. Then, once they have started to digest their meal they will turn a black or grayish color.

Bird mite behaviors

The most common bird mite hosts are pigeons, chickens, sparrows, and starlings.  Bird mites often migrate in very large numbers when their original host dies, or when young birds leave the nest.  The bird mites will enter homes through gaps found around window and door frames, and through spaces in the attic.  Bird mite problems are especially prevalent when birds build their nests very close to or inside homes.  Bird mites can also enter homes through already infested birds or other small animals purchased from pet stores.

Are bird mites dangerous?

Bird mites are not considered to be dangerous; they are not known to carry and transmit any dangerous diseases to people.  Bird mites are generally referred to as nuisance pests that are occasional invaders of homes.  Bird mites should be controlled and eliminated from homes because while they will not use a person as a long-term host, they will bite people if they come into contact with them.  These bites can be quite irritating, itchy, and painful.

Can Suburban help with a bird mite problem?

Yes! Suburban can help to get rid of bird mites from your property.  The Long Island pest control professionals at Suburban have the experience, training, and knowledge needed to treat a very minor or a very extensive problem with bird mites.  There are specific state and government regulations that must be followed when treating bird mites in order to protect the protected bird species.

Bird mites are very small in size and it can be very difficult to locate and eliminate all the bird mites and their nesting sites from your home.  Our technicians know how to handle and treat for bird mites in the safest and most effective manner possible and will get rid of them all from your home.  Suburban Exterminating can eliminate bird mites through our effective year-round pest control program.  

For more information about getting rid of bird mites, please contact Suburban Exterminating today!

Bird mite prevention tips

Preventing bird mites can be a difficult task, but along with having year-round pest control services in place, there are a few things that you can do around your home to prevent these tiny terrors.

  • Before purchasing a bird or other small animal from a pet store, insure that they are bird mite free before bringing them into your home.

  • When owning pet birds, make sure that their bedding is kept very clean and changed often.

  • Place a tight fitting cap on any chimneys, secure vent covers, and make sure that any openings around the roof soffit are repaired.  Doing these things will help to prevent birds from getting into your home and nesting in it. 

  • Don’t handle any abandoned bird nests that you may find on your property.


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