Bird Lice Control Sydney
Bird mites (another name for Bird lice) have a yellow coloured body that is less than 1mm in size and 8 legs. Surprisingly, once the mite had a feed of the bird’s blood, its body changes colour to dark red or black, eventually.
The common bird mite species that affects people is the Starling mite (Ornithonyssus bursa). In general, every bird mite may live up to 3 months, and die within 3 weeks if there is no food. Moreover, they are most active in spring and summer.
Where Do Bird Lice Breed?
The mite breeds on the birds such as sparrows and pigeons. The birds set up nests in the roofs of houses and continue to stay there until the young leave the nest.
In the bird’s nests, the mite thrives in warm and moist conditions. So, when the young birds begin to leave their nest, they leave thousands of mites. This situation then forces the mites to find food elsewhere. Eventually, mites will vacate the nest and travel in the roof to the living environment. They will crawl their way through the ceiling, walls and even into the bed. As a result, the mite infestation begins.
Bird Lice and Humans
Once in the living area of the house, the mites bite people in search of food. The mite, therefore, bites the human skin and injects saliva which leads to irritation. As a result, the skin becomes itchy, swells and has raised pink spots on the skin. When the spots start to appear, it is then that people realise they may have been bitten by a bird mite!
Treatment and Control of Bird Mites
If bird mites bite you, you may need to apply an insect repellent to prevent further biting. Therefore, as the bite causes an irritation, an anti-itch cream (eg. Eurax) may be applied to relieve the itching.
How to Treat Bird Lice?
A suitable pesticide should be used to treat the living areas of the house. For that reason, you may need to call a pest control expert to help you with the bird mite infestation. Above all, it is important that you first identify and remove the bird mite infestations.
So, there is a need to inspect all areas of the house and attempt to locate the nest. These areas include roof, basement, attic, porch, wall voids, and chimney as well as potential areas near the foundation.
After finding the nest, it is important to treat all nests with an insecticide. It is also clearly crucial to remove the nest.
The person removing the nest is at risk of contracting a bacterial disease, psittacosis, as the person is coming in contact with the nest. Therefore, it is recommended to use gloves and a mask.
Without removing the nests, it is quite impossible to stop further mites from entering your house. Thus, the problem will continue.
In addition, you also need to ensure that there is proper sealing of all crevices and openings in roof and living areas.
Your pest control professionals will be able to assist you effectively to make your home safe and bird mite free.