Bird mites are naturally found where birds (such as pigeons, starlings, sparrows and poultry) and their nests are located. Bird mites are found in the warmer regions of the world, including Australia and are generally associated with moist or humid conditions and are most active during spring and early summer.
Bird lice eggs are laid on the shaft of birds’ feathers and hatch after a few days. Young bird lice then develop through several stages before becoming mature adults. Lice cannot survive away from their hosts for more than a few days.
In the first few weeks after birds leave their nests, bird mites may infest homes and may move into living spaces in houses, climbing on walls, ceilings and bedding in search of a blood meal. Bites from bird mites can cause severe irritation.
There are several species of bird mite but the most common species affecting humans is the domestic Starling mite, Ornithonyssus bursa from the family Macronyssidae.
Controlling bird lice begins by identifying the source of the infestation. Due to the large number of bird lice species and their rapid rate of infestation, a thorough inspection of the affected area will need to be completed before determining how to control mite infestations.
The best approach for controlling an infestation is to locate and remove bird nests and then treat the area with an approved insecticide spray or powder. Nests can be found around eaves and in chimneys, in roof spaces, in cavities in walls, in foundations and basements, around porches and on window ledges.
The best way to prevent bird lice from getting into a property is to prevent birds from occupying spaces in houses by repairing broken tiles and blocking openings in eaves or roof cavities.
High Pressure Clean Up & Waste Removal
Bird waste is a common problem often seen on the sides and roofs of buildings or in important traffic areas, such as office entrances and pathways. Bird waste is both unpleasant and odorous and is also a recognised health hazard if not cleaned correctly.
Bird Prevention Specialists can quickly and easily remove and dispose of build-ups and leave the area clean and free of mess.