Unlike other pests that can invade your home, they are harder to diagnose. They are not as commonly known as some other household pests, and they are very small. If you are getting bitten but never see the culprit, you may have a bird mite infestation.
Mites do prefer to feast on birds, and they are not picky when their bird hosts have flown off without them. If you have bird nests on your roof, you are at risk of an invasion of bird mites as they can feed on human blood, although that they can survive for long on it.
It would be health and safety-wise to have any bird’s nest relocated away from your home. If you have experienced pigeon infestation and you have asked for bird control services to help you with removing the pigeons safely, you might also have considered and long-term bird proofing.
Once the bird problems are gone and if not treated properly, the small bite-human creatures will leave the nest to invade your home, and some species can go a long time without food, giving them a chance to infest your house quickly and make you and your family their new source of food.
What kind of problems do bird mites cause?
If the thought alone of having an invasion of bedbugs sends a shiver down your spine, bird mites should downright scare the pants off you. They are so small you can barely see them, but they pack a big bite and can quickly infest a home.
A bird mite bite can cause reactions like severe itchiness, rashes, and irritation. The microscopic pests themselves don’t cause any diseases or burrow under your skin but due to the itchiness of the bites, you run the risk of breaking your skin open and possibly getting a bacterial infection in the wound.
Even though these pests don’t have any diseases linked to them, you cannot decide to live with them and not have them dealt with; they will drive you mad. The bites are so itchy that they cannot be ignored, and they must be dealt with.
How do I prevent bird mites?
Ensuring any pigeon nests you have on or around your house are removed quickly and efficiently will solve the pigeon problem and help to reduce your chances of bird mites finding their way into your home. If you’re not comfortable removing a bird’s nest, you can call pigeon control professionals to relocate the nest.
Rats in London (and not only) can also carry bird mites, obviously, if you have a rat infestation, you need to get rid of them as quickly as possible, but once the rat problem is fixed, you may be left with bird mites. Staying vigilant and consistent will go a long way when it comes to the prevention of bird mites.
How to get rid of bird mites
As tempting as it may seem to buy a can of spray to treat the bird mite problem, save your money, and call in a bird pest control specialist. Those sprays do not contain enough active ingredients to treat a bird mite infestation properly. The treatment your home needs will have to be specialized to the type of mite you have and be treated swiftly. A pest control company can give your home a thorough inspection and the proper treatment for your situation.
BIRD MITES FACTS
Bird mites have stubby little legs and they can't fly or even jump. Their mode of transportation is to crawl or float down from tree branches.
Temperature: Bird mites tend to be a bigger problem in the spring and early summer, but since pigeons nest year-round in the UK, you can face a bird mite problem any time of the year.
The nasty mites are a parasite so they must have a host to live on or near to feed off. They prefer birds, mostly where pigeons are roosting, in feral pigeon's droppings but will resort to humans and even rats if their desired host isn't available. If you have birds' nests on or near your home, you are at risk of a bird mite infestation. When those birds move on from their nest, the mites will go looking for a new host and make their way into your home.
Species: Bird mites is an umbrella term used for a wide range of mites that are parasitic to birds. Tiny relatives to ticks and spiders, the two most common species found in the UK are the Dermanyssus gallinae and the Ornithonyssus Bursa.
Life cycle: A bird mites life cycle consists of egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Depending on the environment, this life cycle can be completed in 7 days, while some species of bird mites can live up to 3 weeks. Given such a short life span means bird mites reproduce very quickly.
While bird mites do not carry diseases or have any direct health issues to humans, you still do not want to wait to treat your home for an infestation. Calling bird control professionals from AccuRat to deal with the infestation quickly will give you peace of mind and your home back.