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Bird Mites

Bird Mites

Bird Mites and Humans

There are a few different ways in which bird mites can survive on humans when a bird that was a host to bird mites dies the bird mites have to look for a new host or else they will die. If the nest of the infected bird that died is situated near home then the bird mites have a high possibility to go into the home and look for a host there. One good example is a poultry farmer. A person who is practicing poultry farming may be exposed to bird mites upon handling his or her poultry. Since bird mites can cause anemia to birds leading to their demise, the bird mites will have to look for a new host to feed on. They will attach themselves to the farmers' garments and use him/her as transport back to his home without his knowledge. Another cause can be with children. Some children may come across a nest that is infected and touch it. Unknowing to them, the bird mites may latch onto them or their garments and the children may move them to another area unwillingly.

Bird mites have evolved over many decades and the sensory organs very well used to find them a new host. The sensory organs are used to detect carbon IV oxide which is usually released by living organisms and to detect new suitable hosts. Bird mites also have heat sensors that strengthen their search for new hosts.

Bird mites, however, cannot live on humans for long. They can hide inside clothing and garments as they search for a new host that is a bird (hence the name).

Bird mites are not associated with any spread of disease to humans. In actual sense, there has never been any recording of a bird mite disease spread to humans. Nevertheless, a human can feel bird mites on their skin as they crawl through, and this can be very disturbing.

Bird mite bites

There are a few types of bird mites and the time in which bird mites bite humans is dependent on the type of bird mite. For example, red poultry mites, also known as chicken mites, are nocturnal meaning they will hide throughout the day and come out to feed at night. This primarily means that any human who has an infested household will only be bitten at night. Fowl mites, on the other hand, are not nocturnal and will bite at any time.

Bird mites do not have a specific area that they love to bite when on humans. They can bite anywhere they are close to. A point to note is that since bird mites are attracted to carbon IV oxide, bites around the nose are common.

To feed on the Host undetected, bird mites have been known to inject saliva that contains a numbing agent to the skin before feeding. This saliva to some people can be irritating and to some other people, it will not be irritating the reactions are not the same across all people as some people not even realize they're being bitten and yet others will react badly.

There is no distinguished look of a bird mite bite this means that there are no specific patterns that are displayed in how bird mites bite. It will depend on how the person reacts to a bird mites bite. Small red itchy lumps will appear to some people if that's how the skin reacts to the bite or even blisters may appear on other people and they may get infected and start a meeting pass or blood depending on the reaction.

It is a point to note that bird mites bites are harmless to humans and cannot be a medium to transmit disease from the bird mite to the human. With this point in mind, it is good however to keep in mind that secondary infections can occur to the person that has been bitten allowing other diseases passed through.

Psychological impacts of bird mites

Bird mites infestation has various psychological impacts on a person. The thought that you are living somewhere that is infected by bird mites may cause disturbances in sleep patterns. The person may not be in a position to share their problems with friends and relatives due to the embarrassment that has been attached to infestation. The person will not be able to interact with people the way they used to interact with as sometimes the other people may stigmatize them as they fear to get an infestation of bird mites from the person who is living with bird mites.

Deprivation of sleep, as well as a change in sleeping patterns, is a great issue among people who have homes that are infested by bird mites. Some bird mites such as the chicken mite are nocturnal parasites and that's why they come out at night when the human host is asleep. A person will notice that they have parasites crawling on them and this may have a loss of sleep or disturbed sleep. This is particularly stressful and one can feel awful about their infestation The bird mites can also have a very large financial impact where one uses a lot of finances to get rid of the infestation.

Bird mites in the house

Bird mite infestation has a few ways that it can emerge. It is a good practice to keep an eye out for bird mite infestation and it may save you a great deal of stress and financial strain. The following are ways in which bird mites can infest the house.

Through Wild birds

This is an obvious way of bird mites to get to a household. Bird mites are very good at clinging on to their hosts. With this in mind, however, it is good to note that they may sometimes fall off as the bird flies over a house it only takes a few bird mites as they reproduce very fast. Bird mites are known to a special love horse such as sparrows, pigeons, starlings, and chicken. Bird mites can reproduce from a small number to a large colony in just weeks.
NOTE: It is a good practice to avoid living in areas with high bird population and avoid birds nesting near your home as this is a disaster waiting to strike.

Nearby nests

Bird mites will look to invest nearby nests especially if the nest has chicks in it. It is considered unsafe to have nests of birds close to your home. Bird mites are known to make birds for you and become weak and that's the birds die and the bird mites need to look for new hosts in a case where the bird can no longer offer the nutrients that are required by the bird mites. the bird mites we have to find a new host and the most likely place they will go is inside the house.
NOTE: Always avoid having nests close to the house at all times. This is a ticking time bomb and at any moment, your house is at risk of infestation.


Pets such as cats and dogs offer transport of bird mites from your lawn into your home. Pets will come back to the house, rubbing their fur on the carpet and thus rubbing some bird mites off and this is a great start to get bird mites infestation to your household. This is inevitable and we require to keep our pets clean and allow them to play and areas that are free of nests nearby as this could be a potential infestation zone.
Pet birds also have a high chance of bringing bird mites to your home since they are the primary target. This can lead to the multiplication of bird mites in the house and eventually a big infestation of bird mites.


Curiosity of a child is almost as that of a cat as the first thing they will do when they see a nest or an injured bird is to run up and investigate once contact is made with the bird or the nest this may be a potential hazard and risk infestation as a bird mites might be in search of a new host.
NOTE: One should ensure that they educate their friends and family on bird mites, and ensure that they check their garments each time they interact with a large flock of birds to minimize the chances of an infestation

Second-hand furniture and clothing

We should especially be very careful when handling the furniture that we have just seen somebody throughout as we cannot be so sure of what all the reasons that have led to the person wanting to get rid of the furniture it could be an infestation of bird mites. Since they are small and flat, they can crawl into the furniture garment and start reproducing there, while searching for a suitable host.

NOTE: Make sure you know where the furniture has come from and you are very sure that the owner was not avoiding bird mites.

Where do bird mites hide

Bird mites are known to be very good at hiding and an owner may not realize that they have bird mites inside their home until the bed mites population becomes too large to continue hiding bed mites have a flat profile in terms of their body shape and so they can hide inside mattresses, garments, and couches.

Bird mites, however, prefer to hide near where their hosts sleep this is to reduce the distance but they will have to cover for a meal. Red mites will not be seen during the day since they are nocturnal but will come out of their hiding crevasses at night to feed when they are most active.

Bird mites love humid environments that are warm, such as mattresses, and carpets. These are the most common areas in which one can find the bird mites, in the unfortunate event that they have an infestation.

Do you suspect you may have bird mites infestation in your house?

In the event that you have a feeling that you have been bird mites it shall be a good practice to look for evidence of the infestation, for example, you can call pest control to do it for you or you can look for evidence yourself such as nests on your roof crawling black dots and you can apply many DIY techniques to get rid of the infestation. It is also advisable to know what sort of mites you have infesting your household. Some of the other mites include rodent mites, which prefer rats and mice as their host, and clover mites. Calling in a specialist to check is a good start since they may all seem alike to people who are not specialists in pests such as mites.

What are Bird Mites

Bird mites belong to a family of ectoparasites that feed on birds there are three types of bird mites there is the Northern fowl mite, the red poultry mite (also known as the chicken mite) and the tropical fowl mite. Being closely related to spiders, they can be found in warm regions of the earth. The largest of bird mites are the Northern fowl mite which can grow to 1mm approximately after the nymph stage of its life.

Bird mites require a host to survive specifically they require birds as a host. They are small and are all about the size of a full stop. They can range in color from semi-transparent to dark brown or red depending on the species and the last time that they fed.

All bug bites have an oval body shape and have eight legs. They are very flat and Harry although the house can only be seen under a microscope. Bird mites cannot jump or fly but can crawl very fast.
Bird mites reproduce very fast and able to grow from tens to tens of thousands in just a matter of weeks. The infestation of bird mites is bad for birds' health. They are known to cause irritation, feather loss, anemia and even death due to blood loss.

Types of bird mites

Northern fowl mite

The largest of the family. They prefer to live on a host, only ditching the Host after the bird dies. Northern Soul might is active both day and night and can live for up to 3 to 4 weeks of a bird in case the Host dies. If no other host is available to the north Informant it will start experimenting on new hosts such as animals.

These mites are known to converge on the vent, the tail, the back, and the legs female Birds and their patterns
A typical symptom of this type of mite on birds is that the feathers will become stained by dried up blood and the excrement of the mites.

Red poultry mites (also known as chicken mites)

A full-grown chicken mite is roughly 0.6 millimeters. They are very hard to spot I like the full might. The red poultry mite is nocturnal and spends its days hiding in cracks and crevices they are particularly difficult to detect and can live without a host for eight to nine months which makes them particularly difficult to detect and do away with.

These mites look dark grey before they feed, and change color to a bright red which diminishes as the blood is digested.

The bird mites are they are difficult to protect have a very high impact on the host and chicken which is there default host may seem to become reluctant to go to their normal sleeping places. This is because they are nocturnal creatures and are most active at night. They are the most common infestation of bird mites that poultry farmers endure.

Tropical mite

These mites have a very strong resemblance to the Northern Fowl Mites. In both features and behavior, however, there are a few differences that can be noted between them. These differences include the three pairs of bristles on the sternal plate and only two on the Northern fowl mite, the posterior end of the dorsal plate on the northern is acute tapering as compared to the even taper of the posterior end of the dorsal plate on the tropical fowl mite.

Bird mites life cycle

The life cycle of all the lights is the same. The mites shall go through four stages.

These stages are : -

  • egg (This is the first stage)
  • larva (This is the shortest stage and can take up to 8 hours)
  • Nymph (In this stage they are small and can barely be seen by the naked eye)
  • Adult (This is the final stage and now they can reproduce again)

A bird mite eggs will normally Hatch within 1 or 2 days after it has been laid on a host. The larva cannot bite and had the shortest, where they stay for around 8 hours until the malt into the nymph stage. This is the stage in which they develop the mouthpiece that can be able to pierce the skin of a host. Within 7 days these names will have matured into adults and they will be able to lay eggs after 2 days of being an adult. The female mice lay eggs after each meal the number of eggs ranges from 2 to 5. This is a particularly high number and is known to cause an infestation in just weeks.

Dangers posed by bird mites to humans

Bird mites are very detrimental to the health of their host and they should be dealt with as soon as their infestation is suspected. In a case where the host dies, the bird mites will experiment on humans and other animals if they cannot find a bird to be its host.
A bird mites' bite can cause an irritable bite mark to appear shortly afterward on humans but apart from the biting, the bird mites are not dangerous. The main dangers of bird mites to humans are psychological and emotional.

Common myths about bird mites

  • Bird mite jumped on me and flew away after feeding Bird mites can neither jump no fly. Those may be other types of parasites that are jumping and flying and you may require a specialist to identify and eradicate them.
  • The bird mites I have evolved from feeding on birds and are now accustomed to feeding on my blood Bird mites can neither live on human nor animal blood. They will only experiment with other animals as an intermediary if their host dies and there is no available bird host. They will try by all means to get to birds to receive the nutrients that are in the birds' blood that are crucial for their survival. Red fowl mites have a long period to live and can live off a bird host for close to 9 months before they die. This can mislead some people and cause them to believe that these mites have evolved to depend on their blood.
  • I am sure that no birds are living around me but I have a bird mite infestation If a bird mite infestation goes on for longer than 9 months you likely have birds nesting near your area this is because bird mites require bird blood to survive. It may be necessary to check if there are hidden nests in your household, as birds may hide nests in the roof crevasses of your home.
  • I have bird mites living beneath my skin and they crawl beneath it. Bird mites cannot borrow or leave under the human skin bird mites have a mouthpiece that is adapted to the piercing of the skin to enable them to suck blood. Bird mites do not crawl under any skin. There is however condition called scabies is caused by a mite that is microscopic and can leave on your skin for months where hygiene is not properly done. These mites can be transferred from one person to another through skin contact. The borrowing of these mites is important to them as they lay eggs under the skin these are known to cause rashes that appear as reddish on the host skin and on and one may need to seek medical advice in the unfortunate event that they have been infected with these mites. It would be of good essence to look into this if you think they are burrowing.

How do I get rid of bird mites

Getting rid of bird mites depends on the interest station. A larger infestation will require more time and effort than a smaller infestation. Avoiding bird mites bites is simple also. One has the option of applying insect repellant on themselves before handling birds, for example, if they are poultry farmers. The repellant will discourage bird mites from clinging on to them and thus minimize the risk of infestation

If the area that the bird mites have infested is known, common insecticides and pesticides can be used. In the unfortunate event that the area is large or the infestation is large, it may be to call in a specialist.

Look-alikes of Bird Mites
Rat mites

Rat mites are also known as rodent mites and are similar to the bird mites. The rodent might can, however, only live of rats and mice. They can only survive for 10 days to six months without a rodent host, depending on several factors such as the last meal the rodent mite had, or the stage in life in which it is in. The description of a rat mite is strikingly similar to that of a bird mite and a specialist may need to be called in to check and give correct identification. A good point 2 note is that rat mites will be found in the lower levels of buildings where products such as rats and mice reside in a house. Bird mites, however, shall be found near bedrooms and windows where birds traffic is highly likely.

Bed bugs

The main difference between bird mites and bed bugs is that bed bugs will continue to grow until they are large enough to be seen easily and as for the bird mites they will only grow up to around 1 mm for the largest which is the northern fowl mite. It is also good to realize that bed bugs are insects with 6 legs whereas bird mites are related to spiders and have 8 legs.

Bed bugs are extremely difficult to see during the day, as they are very good at hiding and will only come out during the night. Fowl mites, on the contrary, can be seen active during the day.
It is also good to note that there are bed bugs and bat bugs which are close to bed bugs but these bugs live on various birds and bats however like bed bugs they cannot survive on humans

NOTE: Many types of parasitic animals and insects can infest your household. You have to ensure that you know what type of parasites you are dealing with and undertake quarantine measures on the same. If you are not sure, ensure that you seek advice from a professional.

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