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Bird Mites: What They Are and How to Get Rid of Them

Updated: May 16


Bird Mites: What They Are and How to Get Rid of Them. PGM & SON Pest Control Services

Key Takeaway

Bird mites are tiny parasitic arthropods that primarily infest birds.

Remember to consult with local pest control professionals for specific information and guidance related to bird mite issues in your region of the UK, as local conditions and regulations may vary. Please note that bird mite-related information may vary over time, so it's always a good idea to consult local pest control experts for the most up-to-date guidance in the UK.

 

What are Bird Mites

Bird mites’ is a collective term for a number of different types of mites that are parasites of different bird species such as pigeons, sparrows, and poultry.

They are tiny little arachnids relative to ticks and spiders.


These avian mites can be found in low numbers, close to birds, their nests, and poultry houses, but, if the conditions are favourable, their colony can grow to thousands.


Bird mites feed on the blood, skin, and keratin of birds. If these hosts are not present, mites can ingress into properties in search for food where they can bite humans and pets such as dogs and cats.



Where do bird mites live?

The conditions for bird mites are warm and moist conditions. They usually live in close proximity to pigeon or other bird nesting areas. This is why they are often found in upstairs in properties where nests are present in attic spaces or roof spaces.


They will travel distances to find food if a nest doesn’t provide them with the food they need. Inside properties, pigeon mites usually gravitate towards the windows and ceilings and loft spaces. Once inside, mites will burrow into fabric material, cracks, and crevices to lay their eggs.



Can bird mites live on humans or pets?

Bird mites are adaptable and can infest a variety of mammals such as dogs, cats, mice, rats, and other domestic animals.

PGM & SON; Bird Mites on a dog

Even if there are no nests nearby mites can travel on other animals into homes and businesses.


If there are no animal hosts available the bird mite will bite humans although usually, the insect can’t survive on human blood alone.


Bird mites require a host to survive, so they will usually die within three weeks if they do not find one.


Because of their tiny size, mites are extremely difficult to identify and very difficult to eradicate / control.



How to know if you have a bird mite problem

Bites

The best way is to rule out other potential sources of bites. For example fleas and bed bugs. If you’ve ruled those out along with mosquitos then you may have pigeon mites.


Crawling sensation

If you sense a crawling sensation at night this could be a sign as bird mites tend to feed at night.


Rule out similar causes

As mentioned above, try and rule out other potential more common sources such as fleas or bed bugs.


Environment clues

Check the humidity levels in your home as high humidity is an ideal condition for bird mites.


Bird activity nearby

The most obvious clue are nests. If you have found nests and you’ve got bites, the chances of you having a mite issue are increased.


The best way to get rid of bird mites in the first place is a professional removal and insecticide treatment of the bird nest and a clean-up of the area with a biocide, which can be done by a qualified pest controller. Call us today on 01981 540088 or email contact@pgmpestcontrol.co.uk for help and advice on our Bird Mite Control Treatment.

 

Bird Mite Frequently Asked Questions


What are bird mites, and how do they affect humans in the UK?

Bird mites are tiny parasitic arthropods that primarily infest birds but can also bite humans. In the UK, bird mites can be problematic when they enter homes from bird nests or infested buildings, causing itchy bites and skin irritations in humans.


How can I identify bird mite infestations in the UK?

Identifying bird mite infestations typically involves observing the presence of mites, which are barely visible to the naked eye, but may appear as tiny moving dots on surfaces or skin.


Additionally, if you've recently had bird nests near your home or notice increased biting sensations, it could indicate a possible bird mite infestation.


How can I prevent bird mite infestations in the UK?

To prevent bird mite infestations, it's essential to take measures such as securing and blocking access to bird nests, sealing any cracks or openings that birds can use to enter your home, and regularly cleaning and maintaining your property to deter bird activity.


How can I eliminate bird mites from my home in the UK?

Eliminating bird mites from your home in the UK may require professional pest control assistance. They can employ methods such as insecticide treatments, vacuuming, steam cleaning, and targeted bird nest removal to eradicate the mites and prevent future infestations.


It is crucial to address both the mites and their source, such as bird nests or infested areas, to ensure effective elimination.


Can bird mites transmit diseases to humans in the UK?

Bird mites in the UK are primarily considered a nuisance pest rather than disease vectors. While their bites can cause irritation and discomfort, they are generally not known to transmit diseases to humans.


Are bird mites only active during certain seasons in the UK?

Bird mites can be active throughout the year in the UK, but their activity levels may vary depending on the availability of bird nests or suitable hosts. However, it's worth noting that bird mite infestations may become more apparent in the spring and summer when bird breeding and nesting activity increase.


Can bird mites infest indoor pet birds in the UK?

Yes, bird mites can infest indoor pet birds in the UK. If your pet bird has been in contact with wild birds, or if there is an infestation in your home, there is a risk of bird mites transferring to your pet bird. It's important to regularly inspect and clean the bird's living area, including cages, perches, and toys, and seek veterinary assistance if you suspect a bird mite infestation in your pet bird.


Another helpful tip is to discuss pest prevention with your local pest controller.


Remember to consult with local pest control professionals or authorities for specific information and guidance related to bird mite issues in your region of the UK, as local conditions and regulations may vary. Please note that bird mite-related information may vary over time, so it's always a good idea to consult local pest control experts or authorities for the most up-to-date guidance in the UK.


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