Bird Mites are a small mite generally about .5 mm in size, they are greyish in colour or can be ginger when filled with blood.
They are commonly called Bird Lice but are in fact true mites and generally cause problems in the warmer months from November through to April.
During the months of spring and summer some species of birds, the most common being the Indian myna and pigeons up here in Cairns will search out nesting sites in buildings, they will also act as hosts to bird mites
When access is available, the nesting birds often bring with them an invasion of bird mites. This occurs when the numbers of mites carried on the host birds become so large that they migrate across ceilings and down walls in search of a new host. The bites of these blood sucking pests cause severe itching, skin irritation and considerable discomfort.
The bird mite life cycle consists of: egg, larva, nymph, and mature adult. They can complete this cycle in about 7-24 days, depending on the environment.
Treatment of Bird Mites
The treatment of bird mites is only the start of solving your problem. The residual chemicals will control the current infestation, however, more is required!