TIPS FOR PREVENTING AND TREATING A BIRD MITE INFESTATION IN YOUR HOME

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As enjoyable as birds can be outside our home, bird infestations inside our homes can be nothing but a nuisance. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a physical bird in your house to suffer an infestation. Bird mites, or the tiny parasites carried by birds, can enter the homes of individuals with bird nests on or around their house or in residencies that have not been properly bird proofed. Once a bird mite’s bird host is gone, they will readily bite humans and can cause a host of symptoms. Read on for information about this bothersome pest.

Overview

Bird mites most commonly reside in bedrooms or bathrooms, but can infest other rooms. They may also inhabit the carpeting, bedding, or furniture of your home.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a bird mite infestation can include frequent itchiness and the vague sensation that something is crawling on your skin. You may also notice small bites or lesions that heal very slowly. Because bird mites are most active at night, you may see an increase in your symptoms at night or in humid weather.

Prevention

The most effective way to prevent bird mites from entering your home is to work with a bird proofing specialist to identify and eliminate potential points of vulnerability. In the meantime, remove any empty nests on, near, or around your home. Also, be sure to check your home’s exterior for any crevices that may appear inviting to birds looking for nesting spots. You can also spray an insecticide designed to deter bird mites around your home’s doorways and window sills.

Treatment

If you do have a bird mite outbreak, contact a pest-control specialist to help eliminate your infestation. Use Borax on your carpet to kill any mites that may have taken up residence there, wash any potentially impacted bedding, and wiped down all hard surfaces with a combination of Borax and dish soap.
If you are in need of bird proofing services in the Bay Area, contact Premier Rodent and Bird Proofing. Call (888) 345-0969 or visit our website for more information.

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