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.
What are the signs of Bird Mites?
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.
What Damage do Bird Mites cause?
There is no damage to the house. Bird mites can bite humans but are not a health threat. They are mostly a nuisance and annoyance. Bird mites do not attack nor harm stored foods, plants or household furnishings. If you have pet birds, they’ll likely infest the bird cage and the area surrounding it like furniture.
How do you prevent Bird Mites?
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.
How do I get rid of Bird Mites?
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 Bird Mites hurt me?
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.
What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives
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.