Saturday, June 14, 2008

Bird Mites

The panic that can ensue from a suspected bird mite infestation can be overwhelming and intense. I found this to be true when a site that I take care of called me for a bird problem they were having in the ceiling. It was reported that the room the birds were found in had people reporting getting bitten and itching. When my pest control person went in there and took down the drop ceiling tile there was a giant nest and he pulled 4 birds out of there. The nest fell in and the room was full of bird mites. They were able to be seen best on the black phone as they scurried. The room and nest was treated with Talstar, a miticide, and sterifab, and the room shut down for a few days. A few days later the housekeeper went in and threw away the nesting, bleached the entire room, and all was fine.
I decided to investigate bird mites further on the Internet that night and found a site that gives some alarmist information and frankly the info was not true. My fear was these mites could infest peoples homes and, like fleas, take a blood meal from their human hosts, reproducing and becoming a major problem. The website I found that is in question would have folks fumigate their homes and go through crazy measures to get rid of a problem that is not a human problem but bird problem. The facts are as follow:
Bird mites need a bird blood meal to reproduce, not a human blood meal.
Bird mites can bite and be a problem for people, but if you find the bird nest they are coming from, get rid of it, and treat your home as normal, you can get rid of them. They will not multiply into million of mites taking over your entire home.
The fact of the matter is there is no need to panic. Identify the problem and treat. Simple.
For more info that is factual look at this site from Penn State.
http://www.ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/birdmites.htm

197 comments:

charlotte said...

Let's hope you are right, because I have just found them in my house. Both my husband and I have been bitten by them in bed at night. I caught one of them this morning at 6 am on a piece of scotch tape as it was trying to crawl away from the spot where it bit me.

We have a swallows nest on our front porch that is crawling with mites. The last baby bird is about to fledge, then I am going to knock down the nest, Clorox the surface and spray. Deep Woods Off did kill those I sprayed, so I know it works.

Valerie said...

Thank you for posting this. We just found them in our house (coming in through windowsills underneath where a nest had been built into an open soffit) and I found the "scary" site you're talking about and had a mental breakdown. I'm not kidding.

It makes me calmer to know the facts. We've gotten rid of the nest, sprayed with insecticide up there, and I'm spraying Chlorox and Lysol on the windowsills every hour or so. I still see a few mites, but their numbers are greatly reduced. I'm hoping and praying we got rid of the problem, because that other site had me in tears, worried for my daughter's safety.

Billy Mac said...

Valerie...the facts will set you free...I'm glad someone else saw the "scary" site I was talking about. I did not name it out of respect, but it is enough to scare you silly, and most written in it is false.

Anonymous said...

SO glad I found this site and thanks so much for the correct info. You hit the nail right on the head when you said reading the misinformation out there can cause some serious distress and anxiety. I had just emailed the link for the alarmest site warning my wife to keep close watch on herself and our twin girls. (Initially I was really freaked out thinking they were ticks.)

We had a finch nest in a hanging planter outside our front door. The last bird just fledged and I brought the planter out back far away from the house. In the process, I ended up with tons of bugs all over my arm. I've had the creepy crawleys for a few days now!

Anonymous said...

More misinformation :

http://wcbstv.com/health/bird.mites.bloodsucking.2.741942.html

KMT said...

Thank you for the information. Just spent the past hour or so combing the net trying to figure out what has been biting the people in my household. We first thought of fleas as we have four cats, but they're clean (anyone that has animals knows those signs....). However, after reading several pages (and yes, I saw the "scary" one too - UGH!)I realized that the now abandoned bird's nest in my attic under the eaves is most likely the culprit. And here I was trying to be nice by waiting until after breeding season to deal with it! Well, I'm off to find a ladder so I can get it cleared up. Thanks for the info!

Cat said...

I wish you were correct but I can tell you from experience you are not (at least in my case). I was infested with bird mites a couple of months ago (dead bird and nest found in attic). The source was removed and the PCO sprayed and fogged my apartment several times. The mites did not go away. I threw out most of my furniture and I fogged the apt myself and a few days later I moved. Now the infestation has followed me to my new apartment.

Unfortunately, the other site you are referring too has been right more times than wrong so far in regards to my infestation problem. I get bit and feel them crawling on me all the time. I have sprayed and fogged my new place and they are still there. The whole ordeal is enough to make you crazy...which currently I am not (but may soon be).

It has been a very trying experience. Unfortunately a lot of the research out there is not correct or the problem I am experiencing would have ended weeks ago.

I am sure some of the people on the other web site are nut jobs but they all cannot be crazy. I'm sure many of them are people like me experiencing the worst case scenario of a bird mite infestation.

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Anonymous said...

I have a nest with baby robins in it and have recently noticed the mites, if you go to a pet store you should be able to find a mite spray for birds or reptiles, the one I am using is organic and even safe to spray the babies with!! I sprayed yesterday and today and am noticing a HUGE difference both on the birds and around the nest already....give it a try it may work for you as well!!

Anonymous said...

I too hope you are right. We had a nest with 3 dead baby birds in our wall. After removing as much of the nest as we could see, we began seeing the bugs and getting bit. This has been going on since the end of May. We cleaned and vacuumed every day after work until 2 or 3 am in the morning. We had the house professionally sprayed 3x now, and though we have not been bitten for over 2 months we can still feel "wisps" on our legs, arms and hands all the time, and we now have separate spray bottles of bleach, ammonia, or alcohol all over the house which we constantly use. We have even been spraying the cars everyday.
We also saw the 'scary' site you are talking about, and my husband, who has been scared to death himself by it, has been trying to keep me from having a complete mental breakdown, of which the crying and hysteria has left me on the brink, several times.
We have someone coming in this week to spray again with a miticide that you mentioned in your article, even though we do not see any live bugs anymore. (Dead ones keep appearing, but we do not know from where).
Thank you so much for this information site. Could you please arrange for your site to come up first when someone Googles 'Bird Mites', so people will not rely solely on what they read on the other site...which pops up so easily all over the place. The stress I endured from reading that site is phenomenal. They should be sued for terrifying people.
We just want to be able to live in our house--panic free, but I don't know if I'll ever forget what I read on that other site, and keep wondering that these things will come back and start all over again.

Imightseebees said...

Ithere any way to capture these mites?

My wife feels things crawling on her all night after we cleared out a rat infested shed. There were no birds in the shed but the neighbor has an aviary full of parakeets (about 100) about 40 feet away from our shed.

After reading everything about bird bites on the various websites I feel hopeless.

But now I'm thinking along these lines:

We had a problem with mold that NOTHING would get rid of. I spent 1000's of dollars on things that didn't work. Finally I found several places the mold was growing and cultured it in a petri dish. Then I experimented with the various things that claimed to kill mold to find out what would kill the nmold we had. Only 2 products worked, and only one product worked well. Some of the products most commonly claimed to kill mold had almost no effect on it (among them bleach).

So I want to try to capture some of these mites and run similar tests on them. But the problem is we can't see them.

I've looked at places where my wife feels things crawling with a 30x lighted magnifier and can see nothing that even remotely resembles a living thing. I've pressed tape on places were she feels them and looked at the tape under a microscope at 100x to 300x and still can't see anything.

So is there any concensous on how small these mites are? How can you capture them to look at them?

She has no visible bites and we can't see anything. But she definitely feels them crawling on her and biting her, especially at night.

We are going to have to mortgage our house and rent motel room after motel room to try the eradication methods that are suggested on various sites ( and which worked by the way the last time she was getting bit about a year ago).

But our money and ability to borrow is nearing its end.

I need to know how at least to capture one of these bugs and see it, take it somewhere to be identified, see what kills them.

Also I never get bit or crawled on by them. Is there anything a susceptible person can take that will cause their "taste" to the insect to taste as bad as the people they stay off of?

ANY HELP will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Billy Mac said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your nightmare. Mites are small, but not so small that they can't be seen under a microscope. I would suggest starting first with getting in touch with a consulting entomologist to come a visit your home. This person would be able to set up a plan to identify and rid you of your problem as best as they can. You can find any number of entomologists on google for your area. Good Luck.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found your post. I am not even sure I have bird mites and "the other" website really scared me. We have a bird feeder on our balcony on the 17th floor and yesterday I was bit and caught a white bug whose description seems to be a bird mite. Is it possible to have bird mites from the feeder on the balcony?

Billy Mac said...

I would venture to say not, but anything is possible. If the birds visit to simple eat from the feeder then no...if they roost or nest near you then possibly. If you were lucky enough to catch one then you maybe able to ID via a consulting entomologist. I would guess it is nothing to worry about though. Good luck.

Organic Gerry said...

We believe there are more cases than is realized of bird mites living off humans. We have come across case after case of bird and rat infestations, followed by a sick dog, exhibiting scratching and itching, followed by the master experiencing the same after contact with hiding places common on the dog for parasites.

Check out www.heartspm.com mites and parasites for more on this subject.

This particular point is controversial, I realize.

Organic Gerry said...

Cat may be a typical example of a situation that starts as a real bird mite issue that evolves into something else. I had a customer that we had to abandon when he started washing his clothing with pesticide to keep the bird mites away.
What I have to say in Cat's favor is that bird mites are persistent and we believe they can live off humans. Also, most mites are not visible without a microscope and many people will believe the suffering person is crazy, when in fact the situation may involve more gray, than black and white.

Anonymous said...

Well I have just noticed them for the second time in my life. The first was in the old house which was being torn down to make the new one anyway. They all burned in a hades rubbish pile as is fitting for their species. But Ne new house has a BBQ area with eves that had perfect bird nest spaces. Hot shot works, by the way; sure got rid of the birds. You guys, I can even understand not using farm equipment to plaw for the sake of bird nests, but my childrens home? Send them to birdy forever I say. I is me or them and I choose me. Hot shot works. And then you clean. And clean. And clean. I plan to up root all nest, babies birds or not, spray the house down (brick) and keep a pantry of Talstar, sterifab, deep woods off, and Endure (a horse spray that I have found works better than anything, really, you gotta try it. It has Cypermethrin in it because pyrethrines really don't work).

Found they perfer females. But all this "falling from on high" had me so scared I got drunk several nights in a row just to be able to sleep. Ting are getting better, though my husband has to wait to go to bed sometimes until the linens are on the bed. And, frankly, I enjoy wine before I sleep now!

I am gonna put this on favorites. I kind of like sharing with folks who are levelheaded. We will fight the good fight!

Valerie. Dear Valerie. We will fight the good fight and we will win. I have babies too. Bless you. Write and I will check in on you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Val, checking in.

I now own a telescope that Hubble would be proud of. Mites arn't as difficult as people are making them out to be. I'm clean. Actually, I think I am down to stuff that really SHOULD be in our environment! Do you know that over 600 species are reported to be necessary for removal of debri from our home and body? What was God THINKING!? Not in my house.

Get a good vac and a good steam iron.

dru said...

it took me a few months to figure out what these were.they followed me to my new apt(moved because 2 failed pco attemps) and now that i actually know what im fighting i belive i now have a chance to regain my sanity. i do have a question. has anyone tryed a dehumidifier? supposedly they dont last more then several days, jus wondering

Anonymous said...

Dehumidifers would work provided ALL areas in your house has an RH of 30% or less. You may need to run them 24/7 for a few weeks to see any results though. I think to get rid of them in a few days with dehumidifiers, the RH needs to be at a very very low threshold - somewhere along less than 5-8%.

dru said...

Thanks so much for a quick response, I have a roomate that dosent feel the crawlys at night and thinks im crazy to the point he has threatened to kick me out if I continue to spray and vac. Last week I used a spray containing bifenthrin which has helped a hell of a lot but i still feel crawlys at bedtime. I live in a double wide trailer, I would hope a few heavy duty dehumidifiers could do the trick. Its getting cold out here in northern ohio and the rh is low, but is there a better method to remove these mites once and for all? Has anyone tryed Kleen Green?

Anonymous said...

dru, i know what you're going through, i'm currently having an uphill battle with the medical and civil authorities to do something about my own situation.

I am currently working closely with my own PCO in eradicating the menace from my home, but i know it won't last, because these things are always in the environment so long as there are avian vectors.

These little cunts apparently rarely bothered humans in the past, but due to environmental factors (global warming/higher humidity) things got out of hand.

From personal experience, once you get targeted, you become a "mite magnet", you will attract them wherever you go! Forget about all the remedial quacks like Tea Tree Oil to Enzyme Cleaners and conspiratorial nonsense that you have read on the internet, they don't help and most info garnered turned out to be untrue (from personal experience) - they don't infest your body, just your environment, though i believe that they have evolved to reproduce off human blood.

Work closely with a PCO, get rid of them from your home and surroundings, then go away for a while to some place where you can wash off whatever that these bugs have left on your body with scentless soap. Make sure you don't get bit in the process.

If it's getting cold, you're in luck, the mites are not active when it's frigid. Gives you a chance to recover.

I am in Singapore, RH is 80% and temperature is 26-30 degrees celsius all year round. Nobody - yep not even so called medical consultants and mite "experts" - down here know what these bastards are and how they tick.

I got my home problem contained recently, but i wonder for how long. I only know that at the earliest opportunity, i am getting myself out of this blasted country - FOR GOOD!

dru said...

ok ive done alittle more research and it looks like a mixture of 4oz suspend sc and 4oz gentrol igr per gallon of water has been known to do the trick. i sure hope it works because they are still here. im gunna spray the house, car, and work this week and ill keep you guys posted on the results

Karen said...

Karen Has Had Enough!!!...I can call myself close enough to 47 yrs. of age and not a nut, who is ready for the psych ward, because I am having all the fun I can stand. I live with my 16 yr. old daughter, who says that I am pretty much making a big deal out of nothing. She is not getting bit, she see's nothing that I see and is tired of hearing about it. No, she hasn't done any cleaning or vacuuming to help either. You see, I am on SS/D after 18 yrs. in heavy construction. I loved my job and would give up this wonderful stay at home life if it were possible. Long story short, since 2003, I have had 5 operations and more unfortunately to come to the spine. "C" has dual level fusion and the rest is just degenerating away. I don't want any boo-who's, because God has another plan. Really wish He would clue me in, soon. Just wish my wonderful daughter would realize my Fairy Godmother never shows up for work and the cats can't clean. Now all that said, I live in NH and yes it is cold, but trust me the little so-called-no-see Diamond looking(without my glasses), jumping critters are for real and bite like crazy. All over the body! My ears, in my nose, side of my mouth, stick like rock candy to the skin and are going to get the best of me soon. They even get where they have no business at all. Anyone tried Best Yet? Not doing anything for me, except helping the itch and sting. Not getting a gold star from here. I never had a bug problem living 6 yrs. in Florida and the 6 yrs. next living in GA. Go Figure??? They are in my food, in my drink before I take a sip(not liquor) and that is only by the Grace of God!!! They are in my Fridge and I just can't keep the laundry clean. Where do you put your clean clothes when they are still taking over your house? And then you do the car and it starts all over again their. Yes, 20 degrees and they are still living. I have even gone to town and come home with them on the same spot of the car, outside. Yes, I said outside. We wonder why it takes all we have to get them off our skin. All my strength I tell ya. I think that sounded kind of hick. So, just because I am the only one to see them, have evidence in bags that something/things are invading my home, my family made me go to the Emergency room on Thanksgiving. Yup, threatened me with the police, among other cruel things, because I was either on drugs or my meds. were messing me up. 4 1/2 hrs. later, they decided I was depressed. My chart and meds. could have told them that. Hey, they make the big bucks, Right? I was fit to be tied and then some when they finally released me. Went to my Psyche a few days later and she came up with a solution in less than 15 min. To meds. were causing delusional(sp) Para(something). One she gave me for ADD and my GP gave me something from the Tetracycline family and boom she had the answer. All my imagination. Now if that doesn't beat all. She did better than the so-called wonder boys, but I know what I see and feel. I even showed her the evidence. Now I have to make sure to tell no one what I am still doing or they will really lock me up. Still have to call Social Security and see if they really feel the need to pay the Emergency bill. If so, The other 4 family members can split the remaining balance. Boy, 5 yrs. home bound is too much. I almost feel like I am really talking to someone, when no one may ever see this. Yup, Nuts! So, what's a girl to do? I'm tired, and I think some things are happening in the interior of my body. The ends of my fingers have been numb for weeks. I also think I see strange things in the toilet. Oh ya, this all started about 2 1/2 wks. before Thanksgiving. No where ready to decorate for X-Mas. Presents are contaminated. Okay, lets see how much they print. I also have 2 cats and they actually seem okay. I'm certainly not made of sugar. Should we eat and wear garlic? Just when we thought I was done, I forgot to mention I have a full basement, 3 bedroom Ranch, with two garages attached in two different locations. Please Help Me!! Both shoulders have each had 2,yes,2 rotator cuff repairs and my arms do get tired. Can I pay to use someones Jeanie?

Anonymous said...

For bird mite info go to caledonianrecord.com and columns and Bill Amos and 10/14/08 and 10/21/08.

Anonymous said...

1 oz of this and a gallon of that Dru? Did it work? Chances are you're still struggling to find a way for a few measely hours of relief at best! That's the problem with homemade and "all-natural" remedies, they never work.

At the end of the trail is but a broke and empty bank account and suicidal misery.

Wished it was that easy to take care of a bird mite infestation as everyone had said, i have this for 8 months since the first biting symptoms and to date the problem had roller-coaster up and down with a variety of homemade BS thrown at them and the environment.

These things seems to build up a resistance to alot of crap being thrown at them real fast! None of the stuff i tried ever worked for more than 2 weeks.

Anonymous said...

Ditto that - my story is the same. I live from trash bags filled with moth balls, beds covered in plastic, my home lacks furniture & furnishings, & I routinely clean each night as if I had OCD. I spray & powder my vehicle & workplace. I have not experienced relief in over 5 months now; the rollercoaster continues. Sevin Dust worked well for 2 weeks - then did NOTHING the 3rd. Tried DE, boric acid, & epsom salt on everything imaginable. Orange oil, neem oil, * anything else that has been known to kill mites covers every hard surface in my home. The only slight relief I enjoy is a full peppermint oil scrub in the shower, followed by peppermint foot lotion (as a repellent.) This helps significantly in getting them (& keeping them) off of your skin. Just watch out - it freezer burns your skin like no other! Just never underestimate the hungry ones - they will make it through an ocean of sulphuric acid to get to you, baby. Seductive story, huh? Yea. Broke & suicidal is truly the only reluctant end to this issue. My husband & I no longer joke about the "Romeo & Juliet" ending to this cursed world...

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, & just to mention Cedarcide's "Best Yet". Thus far, I've found that name to be contradictory to the product. If you decide to invest in this product after numerous failed attempts with a PCO, it may prove to be the "Worst Yet" decision for your bank account and/or credit limit. This stuff (applied with a fogger) is a mild repellent at best (pun NOT intended.) You might get a day of relief (which, hey - to us, that's some much needed sleep), but truth be told...the price tag is FAR from worth it. Save your money. *This is coming from someone who used it on a weekly basis (to catch the egg-hatching cycle) for several weeks. Unsuccessfully!

Anonymous said...

Sad isn't it? I had the PCO came over 4 times to no avail and no doctor could do anything except advised me to get pest control!

Yip, all the powdered stuff like DE, Sevin Dust, Sulfur or Borax don't work after a while. In fact, the worse of them all is DE, doesn't do anything even upon first use! It's snake oil foo foo dust and all that BS about it cutting into their shells or whatever is bogus from what i can tell.

Sucks. Been there, tried it all, threw out entire crates of furniture and belongings and these mites still marched on.

I was in the military, slept in trenches and crawled on mud, got bitten by poisonous snakes while on duty, the whole nine yards ..... but never have i encountered creatures that refuses to go down when everything but the kitchen sink had been thrown at them.

Something's obviously really wrong.

Hulamom said...

I live in Hawaii with no airconditioning so there is no possibility of getting the humidity down to 5%, so I sure hope there is some other way to get totally rid of these things. I have been battling these since Nov. 15. We have no birds, no bird feeders, no bird nests. They have to be living off me and my 90 year old mother in law!!

Things that do work--mostly. Deet keeps them off usually. However, I found a spray that has no smell that works better than Deep Woods Off. They seem to like the Deep Woods Off smell, at least here.

If you have a bad infestation then they get into the seams of your clothes and you can carry them other places in your clothes, and they bite you from your clothes. To prevent this, wash all of your clothes that you can with bleach, and as soon as the washer fills up turn it off and leave the clothes in the water for an HOUR. It takes that long for them to drown. If you can't use bleach, then use 1 cup of Pinesol (regular or lemon)and again soak the clothes for an hour before completing the wash cycle. When the clean clothes come out of the dryer, put them in clean airtight plastic bags, so the bugs don't jump back into the clothes when you spray the rest of the house. I also recommend putting dirty clothes into plastic bags to prevent the bugs from jumping into the rest of the house.

Gold Bond powder will keep them off of you also, but this can react with some deordorants or lotions and sting. When you feel ones crawling, Speed Stick deordorant (men's or women's) will get them off of you, but it dries out your skin.

When you shower, wash with Neutrogena T-Gel coal tar shampoo, scrub all of your body well, then use Dawn Original Dishwashing Detergent and also scrub well all over including your hair. This dries out your skin, so use a lotion with no smell as soon as you get out of the shower. CeraVe works well. Then you may want to use Gold Bond powder or a Deet spray. Use an over the counter vaginal fungicide on your private areas to keep the bugs off of those.

I haven't found anything that kills the eggs. Most pesticides kill the adults. The bedbug types and commercial flea sprays kill most of the nymphs. Lots of people apparently can't feel the nymphs crawling, and so only know they have the things when the adults bite someone. Nylar seems to work fairly well on nymphs and adults. Permethrin doesn't work well in a 1% or less concentration. So far my exterminator has succeeded in driving them into the depths of the closets, although the carpet liquid flea spray did kill the adults (after two excruciating days during which they bit and bit).
If someone finds something that really does kill the eggs, please let me know.

WARNING! WRONG INFORMATION! said...

WARNING! WRONG INFORMATION!

The facts given in this blog article are seriously wrong: It has been proven that bird mites do live on human blood, too.

Here is a citation for the actual research:

TITLE: An Infestation of a Human Habitation by Dermanyssus Gallinae (Degeer, 1778) (Acarina: Dermanyssidae) in New York City Resulting in Sanguisugent Attacks upon the Occupants

JOURNAL/DATE: Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 7(6), 1958, pp. 627-629

AUTHOR(S): Roger W. Williams, School of Public Health and Administrative Medicine, Columbia University

ABSTRACT/SUMMARY: Although a marked clinical dermatitis is common in some individuals that become closely associated with the bird mite, Dermanyssus gallinae, the literature presents little evidence that this mite will ingest human blood and many investigators feel that this species will never ingest it. The invasion of a New York City apartment by these mites resulting in attacks on the occupants is described. The finding of mammalian erythrocytes in the digestive tract of mites collected from this apartment, some of which were taken from the bed of the occupants, as well as the appearance of fresh blood splotches on the bed sheets resulting from crushed mites which had recently fed, offer some factual evidence that D. gallinae may, on occasion at least, partake of human blood.

IMPLICATIONS: Although an older research article (1958), it clearly documented human blood was ingested by D. Gallinae. Which was contrary to what many had previously thought; that bird mites do not feed on humans, only birds.

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone who study blood sucking mites will argue about whether Bird Mites will feed on mammals of any sort. The beef now is about whether Bird Mites can REPRODUCE off human blood.

Due to thicker human skin construct, they will bite humans harder and more often to get nourishment, hence the immense discomfort.

ShelleyB said...

I am incredibly grateful for this site. Having read the other site's (mis?)information, I was on the verge of a breakdown yesterday and today. Usual story: Nest in extractor vent pipe, left it alone in consideration for the wee baby birds, wee baby birds die and mites show up on and around ceiling vent. Pest control is coming tomorrow, and I've been out of my mind, imagining worst-case senarios with my family, whose youngest child is 4mos. This site is the light at the end of this tunnel. Thanks for the hope that we won't be plagued for life and become shut-ins for the remainder of our days.

Anonymous said...

I post as buggie on the topix scabies site. My nightmare began july 7 2008 when I felt a tiny bug crawling on the top of my head...I was eating dinner at a restaurant with a friend so I didn't mention it. At home I was battling an enormous flea infestation that 5 bug bombs didn't touch. My cat had black specs under her chin. She liked to roll in dirt and pigeon droppings were closeby, the pigeons were a huge nuisance to all the neighbors along carpinteria ave in carpinteria california. I now realize the big home problems began when I used the roof air conditioner which probably had pigeon fleas, mites etc in it. At work one day I realized with horror that I had aprox 5 mites racing all over my skin surface. On july 27 I was home and felt a vibration in my forearm, looked down and a bug was going into or coming out of my skin. Another time I saw aprox 4 delicate bugs with graceful fans syncronized dive into my upper arm. I grabbed a razor and chopped off their heads. Finally stopped the fleas with dumping gallons of epsom salts on floor, but something else was still jumping...collembola mites? Exterminator and 2 doctors and pharmacist no help. No itching like with scabies. I infected car and job. I moved escaped quit job and 9 months and 6,000 dollars later not including income loss, I and cat are on ivermectin horse paste, cat on 2x month revolution, best yet by cedarcide was a lifesaver fogging car, work, house. Dry clothes 2 hours on hot hot hot dryer, zero contamination with clothes and bedding. Soak clothes in borax and water. Mop floors with same. Windex kills mites too. I may have had multiple bugs...sarcoptics, rat mites?. I wanted these bugs gone from day one. Biggest nightmare of my life. I will join any political action group on this. Class action lawsuit count me in. Too many people are suffering, we want recognition and a cure.

ClaireM said...

After reading lots and lots of pages about people's experiences, I have concluded that the best approach to the bird mite problem is not to try to kill them, but to make your house so unpleasant to the mites that they will go elsewhere. And to do this without harming your own health in the process. I do this with essential oils. It has been stated over and over that there are certain scents that these mites do not like, such as eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint. Buy some 100% pure essential oils at a health food store. (Don't use the non-pure ones because they are partly synthetic.) Put about 20-30 drops of the oil into 12 oz. water in a spray bottle, and mist it everywhere in your house. Do this at least twice a day. A fine mist will dry in 5 to 10 minutes, leaving the scent; you will notice it immediately when you walk into your house. I initially used lavender. Then I started misting my bedroom with eucalyptus about 10 days ago, and it has made a huge difference in my sleeping. You might want to alternate between 2 or 3 of the above oils. WARNING: IF you decide to use the oils on your OWN SKIN, use sparingly, as they are strong. Some of them should not be applied without diluting with another oil such as sesame or olive. Here is a good source of articles: http://www.uncleharrys.com/infobase.php
Please post here if you try essential oils as a mite repellant, and what your results are. Thanks.

ClaireM said...

PS - Regarding essential oils, I forgot to say that if you have a cat in the house, you must be very careful, as cats are extremely sensitive to many of the oils and can get very sick. If you have a cat, you must use a by-product of essential oil production called "hydrosols." Here is more information: http://www.holisticat.com/aromatherapy.html

Carrie said...

Help! We discovered the mites 1 week ago, went away for the weekend, they weren't gone. Called the exterminator who thought they were clover mites and probably not an issue but he came out anyway. Turns out they are bird mites. I think there is a bird nest in the gutter above our bedroom, a wildlife pest control guy is coming out tomorrow, I'm hoping he can remove the nest (sorry, birds). Our exterminator said after the nest is gone and we clean really well the mites should go away. After perusing the internet, I am FREAKED! Will they infest our clothes, our bedding, our cats, our kids? What do we do first? Am I going to have to quit my job so I can continually disinfect? Are we going to have to fumigate and place all our belongings in sealed bags with moth balls and eventually sell our belongings and move? It may seem irrational but I'm really scared and upset.

Carrie said...

I forgot to add the exterminator said he sees bird mites once every 5-10 years so as nice as he is I'm guessing he's not an expert.

Jill said...

We were just infested with bird mites through our air conditioner that some birds built a nest in. It was Memorial day weekend and all I had was the internet as the exterminators were all closed for the Holiday. I thought I was going to put the house up for sale after I read it. My exterminator said the people who created the site should be smacked around. Please do not mistake me...they are disgusting and a pain in the butt to get rid of, but with some persistance, you can do it. After the exterminator, the number of mites was reduced beyond belief and the ones that are left are slowly dying off. Anyone going through the same problem, I understand. Hang in there!

Just a note, before you do it yourself, our exterminator removed our nest for us, disposed of it, sprayed the air conditioner and the inside of the house with pesticide, and put spikes on top of the air so that the birds can no longer nest there. I love birds, but they will find a tree somewhere!

Jill said...

P.S. My exterminator told us that anything with orange oil kills them on contact...I have been using green works cleaner, (which is non toxic since i have a 2 year old) and it is working great. Pledge has an orange furniture cleaner and there is also Murphy's Oil spray with Orange Oil for the floors. All are working great, but it is frustrating. My exterminator did tell us that these mites cannot reproduce off people and the worst case scenario is that they live for a few weeks in the home and die off (a little too long for me, but at least it is not forever). Most important thing is the bedding and the clothes. He told us to do alot of laundry.
I thought i was going to lose my mind but I think we are getting there! Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Our house was infested by a nest on our deck. I was attcked the night the last of the baby birds left. I realized what I had pretty quickly as I felt and saw bites on my stomach and thighs and felt the crawling. The bites were like being pricked with a pin, with painful itching and left a small red bump. A couple of times I actually saw a black mite moving pretty quickly. We attacked the problem quickly with the laudry, shower, vacuum routine, and sprayed with a Dawn solution. Thought we were making progress. Now the past couple of days (almost 2 weeks later) I have been feeling a lot of pin pricks on my legs and thew crawling, but I see no bites, experience no itching, and see no mites. I'm wondering if the nymphs are biting now, even though the sites say only the adults bite. After all, they are wrong about saying they can't reproduce without a bird host.

NJMom said...

Help! Every spring starting about the end of May, I start to get tiny bites all over my stomach, arms and back (at night). They are intensely itchy. I hardly sleep. Then it starts to go away sometime around the end of July. This has happened since we moved in here about 5 years ago. We live in the Northeast. My husband does not get bit at all but now my 11 year old daughter is starting to get bit. I am convinced now that it is bird mites but we have searched and searched and cannot find a nest. If we can't find the nest, what can we do? Do you think an exterminator will find it?

stg111 said...

I had a pigeon nest on my porch and I felt bad to chase them away, now my apartment is infested with bird mites, they crawl all over me and bite me day and night. I am in a lot of pain. My husband and two babies have not been biten yet. Does anyone have any solutions?

Anonymous said...

Here is what I have found to work...

Go online and buy as much Frontline for large dogs as you can. Then buy bug bombs for each room. For each person that is itching, put the Frontline on your back and let it dry before putting on clothes. The point is, you can't wash it off, or you'll have to reapply, which will cost you $$ for each additional application. I suggest putting it on your back so you can wash your hair, armpits, face, etc. in the sink and not get your back wet.

So maybe Friday morning, before everyone goes to work or school, apply Frontline on everyone's backs. Then set off the bug bombs. Stay at a hotel or something for the night, don't reenter the home, so that the bomb can kill everything off.

When you're finally aching to shower or bathe, do so, but then reapply more Frontline.

This has worked for me, and I hope it works for you. Even if you can't leave the house for the night, just set off the bombs while everyone is out and about for the day.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the site info! We have had a robin's nest under our deck for the last three weeks and our four kids have been watching the eggs and (now) baby birds, every day. Lately, the kids have been saying that little black bugs were crawling on their faces when they peaked at the birds(the nest is directly under the back deck about a foot from our back door and the kids have to peek through the deck boards to see them). This morning I was awakened when my 5 year old daughter jumped in my bed and said she was itching all over. She had just been with my husband on the deck watching the birds try to leave the nest. She layed down next to me and I saw little black specks crawling all over my white pillow! I immediately popped up and stripped her down and jumped in the shower with her to try to wash them all off. I then turned to the internet (it's Sunday) for info regarding the bugs and found mostly disturbing info. I was near hysterics and had my husband move the nest and birds to the back of the property. In taking it down, he noticed an abandoned nest a few feet away. When he pulled it down, he saw that it was all black and moving, teeming with millions(yes, he said millions) of bird mites. He threw it in a plastic bag and sprayed pesticide on it. He said it killed them, but it's still in the bag in the far back corner of the yard. He went to the hardware store and came back with an arsenal of pesticides(mostly due to my freaked out state of mind), and hosed the deck with them. Hopefully they will be gone tomorrow. I sprinkled Borax in the carpets and Windexed the door and all windows near the back. I have been getting bit all day and am worried that the kids have been going in and out several times a day this past week, carrying these little nightmares in with them each time. They were crawling all over my husband, but apparently aren't interested in his blood. I think I'm going to call pest control tomorrow. As you can see(after 3:30am), I can't sleep because of this even though I'm exhausted from cleaning. This has been one of the most mentally challenging days of my life! After discovering the mites and searching the kids, I found out that we all contracted head lice from some neighbors at our fourth of july block party! I feel like I'm in a horror film, the victim of terrible blood sucking beasts from head to toe! As if one of these wasn't bad enough! Both in one day nearly sent me to the psych ward! I am going to windex the house again and sprinkle the other half of the borax box on the floor as I make my way to bed and try to get some sleep. If it wasn't for your website, I would still be cleaning and crying and definitely not going to sleep for days! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Nasty things (Execsp)

Anonymous said...

Have been battling bird mites for 7 weeks now since birds left a nest directly under our front window touching the sill. We have put more than half our belongings in storage in order to make vacuuming the floors, walls and ceilings easier. We have also pulled up most of the wall to wall carpeting. Despite 2 exterminations within 7 days, taking the nest away, spraying and cleaning 18 hours a day, the mites are as bad as ever. This nightmare has taken a huge toll on our family as the biting is getting worse. We would love to have our home tented and gased but have been told by two exterminators who use entomologists that the samples we have given them show no evidence of mites. Apparently, when we roll the mites with lint rollers, the mites die and shrivel up to a black blotch like pepper which is impossible to distinguish as a bird mite. We are now trying to catch them in bowls of water which we can transfer to a jar filled with water and alcohol, We can then have the entomologists check for exactly what type of mite this is and extermination can be done with the tent. We'll have to refinance our home to pay for the tenting, but at least we'll have our home back free from these little demons and all the biting.

Anonymous said...

Tenting for mites is extremely expensive, as you must use 10 times the gas that is used for a termite fumigation.
You need a really good inspector, a specialist in mites, and you also may need to face the possibility that what was once a physical problem may now be a phobia. This happens to the brightest people and it could be your situation.
Gerry Weitz
www.heartspm.com

Carol said...

We were recently at a state park inside a pavilion when we noticed very =
tiny insects all over our clothes. They were very small, about the size =
of a pin head, probably smaller, and could barely be seen on our light =
colored clothing. We took our clothes off and changed when we got back =
to the cabin, hanging our clothing outside.....2 days later when =
gathering the clothing up to go home, I noticed the bugs were still =
there. They were still present the next day when I started laundry. =
There was a swallow nest in the pavilion. Is it possible these were =
bird mites? I began experiencing itching approximately 2-3 days after =
being in the pavilion, but no one else in my family has. Perhaps I'm =
being paranoid, but is it possible to contract the mites this way? How =
do I know if that's what this is?

Anonymous said...

I am about to break. These things are driving me crazy. There are tiny black bugs in the shower after I bathe and if I shake out my clothes over the white sink, same thing. I can't sleep, can't talk to anyone about it. I live in an apt. and can't afford to move. Regular pesticide doesn't seem to work. I got laid off and am trying to look for work and I swear being this tired and with the itching I'm loosing it!!

Anonymous said...

Clorox doesn't kill them. Lysol does. Ammonia does. The only household pesticide that I found that works well is HotShot Spider Killer. I guess people have tried to kill them with Permithrin, and Pyrethrin sprays to the point that the bugs are immune to those now.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Anything that helps. I'll try it.

Anonymous said...

I have been battling with bird mites for 4 years. All the horror stories are true. It took me a long time to identify and treat. Please gain from my experience.
The listed remedies do work like Sulfur, boric acid,Borax, Peppermint, etc. Use a spray of Cyfluthrin -Tempo SC. Permethrins only work upto a point. Permite cream 5 % works great to clean your skin especially at night. Smoke drives them away, try burning incense.
I have gallinae red bird mites. Source was an airconditioner which had pigeon nests.
I also use neem products. Apply neem oil, (don't eat it) and you can eat neem leaves powder (its very very bitter ) that will make your blood unpalatable. They prefer woman and people with low immune systems, perhaps anaemic. There is no need to despair, I know I had become suicidal, they aren't in your head they do exist and they seem to choose one person in the household. They are very intelligent like red ants.
Use the OFF insect repellant spray, on room and body, it really works to repel or perhaps kill them. Perhaps the DEET kills them.
I read a great deal about their life stages etc. My suggestion is they are mites, and it doesn't matter whether they are bird, rodent or grain mites. Buy Tempo SC- it has cyfluthrin that has worked for me!! Continue using it, every week or so. A dehumidifier, or air conditioner really helps. Try Off insect repellant, I was surprised of all the products it works, whatever kills chiggers works on them. I have spent a fortune and tried everything I read.
Please do write success stories. Have faith they're not invincible, you are just using the wrong products. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I want to add to the comment above to help identify the symptoms and characteristics of these mites. I prefer to call the ones I am battling simply red pigeon mites. The mites are active at sundown, (when the birds come back to their nests) and feed till dawn, probably on one poor victim in the nest. Typically the biting is in the evening. I noticed that the family members who spend little time at home are rarely bitten, so I started to take long walks between 4-8 pm. I smoke the house, with incense at the same time. Strangely, driving them away works better than trying to kill them.
They like the smell of food, especially smoking oil based, (avoid that) and will even bite when I'm out eating lunch. They are definitely living off humans. I keep food out of the bedrooms, and my house and car is more sanitized ( Lysol )than a hospital. Vacuuming seems to drive them out and they will bite more, which is fine because that is the best time to spray them with OFF repellent- when they are drawn out.
I have not tried Talstar yet. Flea sprays give limited relief and kill the harmless adults, but the young larvae seem to increase after that. I cannot explain, does the spraying makes the eggs hatch ? or they get disturbed ? The trick is to kill or repel them in each stage and do it consistently otherwise they come back in the spring. While permethrins kill the adult and nymph I think DEET in OFF kills the biting larvae stage. As for the eggs I don't know if there is any product out there which will kill them. I have tried the lice shampoos too. Perhaps the dehumidifier will help. These products and steps have helped but I haven't succeeded in getting rid of them forever. I agree with an earlier comment that we have become magnets. There is something in our body smell and blood that they are attracted too. Until I discover that I will use deflectors like camphor and peppermint.

brooke said...

Thank you for your suggestions and support. I haven't thrown in the towel just yet. Some days are better than others. I know where to get the borax and Off, peppermint, etc. but where can you get the cream and the pesticides you mentioned? Also, does it seem like they burrow slightly into the skin? Do they lay their eggs there? Not sure if its just the bites or what. Thank you. I am trying to have hope - you are helping.

Anonymous said...

Yes they do burrow in the skin. That is the worst part. They bite some people, dislike others blood and fall off. From what I have read, there are one or two females in a household whose blood they can ingest, and reproduce with. They have shiny white eggs and yellowish larvae, then after a meal, these creatures change to a bright orange hue, and then a red, dried blood color. The adult is very dark brown. They do lay eggs in the hair follicles. I have observed them at 10 X magnification.
After a shower I spray the Off spray -DEET 25%. The bites have decreased 95 %, and if some do its very light. I think the adult 6 legged larvae get affected. But, I'm not sure if the burrowed ones die!! Its important to get the burrowed ones because they are reproducing.
A dermatologist prescribed permite 5 % (permethrin cream) would do that. And/or, you could immerse the whole body in a tub full of water, borax and Dawn dish washing soap.
Its still a mystery to me how OFF works, does it disorient them, or kill them? I sprayed Off after a RAID Flea spray. They get very agitated and active even after a lysol spray, and then I recommend spray the DEET, or OFF repellant. It worked for me they disappeared. I was overjoyed, but I'm not sure if they died or were repelled.
If they don't get a blood meal they cannot reproduce. Whats more they don't bite the majority of the population so there isn't any need to worry about spreading them. I'm sure they will just die a natural death. Adults live for at least a year, and prefer eat wheat, and flour. They are scavengers on the kitchen floor. For a long time I thought these were grain mites. Whatever they are there is only one permanent solution...and that is to find a medication like IVERMECTIN is to scabies mites, which will help make our blood impossible for them to ingest.
Why do they like female blood, is it hormonal? Will bitter neem leaves powder repel them? I'm searching for the answer.
I wish there was more research. if someone knows anything please post it on this site.

Anonymous said...

Ok, here I go, we HAVE them, I no forsure what we are up agaisnt and it's not fun. We had a little bird nest on our patio eve for 4 months, thought it was cute watching MaMa bird take care of her young.. NOT so cute anymore. After a baby bird fell out, my son and I put the baby bird back in the nest, and the others and the baby flew away 2 days after that. We were proud we saved the baby bird. In saying all of that, 3 days later the four dogs we have all started itching, I thought they had fleas. Went down to the feed supply store and purchased frontguard. Didn't work, why? Because it wasn't fleas.. It was the bird mites and bird lice. How I know this, let me tell you how we identified them. All of our dogs sleep upstairs with us, the itching continued on the dogs, then my husbanc and I started itching at night and getting little bites. Not like flea bites, but smaller. My husband came home from work, did his normal rountine, took a shower, and noticed these little black nat looking things crawling on our window seal in the bathroom. Got a magnifying glass and flashlight and BINGO we knew then to start looking for them everywhere in our bedroom. We seriously would get on our hands and knees with the flashlight and magnifyer and noticed them under our bed, inbetween the hardwood floor cracks. Caught a few of those too with clear tape then put that onto a white piece of cardboard to gather our bugs for a specialist to look at from vector control. Sure enough they were bird mites, bird lice and maybe even rat mites. He couldn't really identify the rat mites but susspected so. But for sure the bird mite and bird lice. So....... the dogs got booted from our room.. :( until we get rid of this incitius problem.. Anyway, here is something that you must do... Take a bath in tea tree oil, add only a few drops in bath water. Scrub with a loofa have your flashlight and magnifyer handy and when the water is still check out what's in there.. It's gross, the mites and the little white eggs fall off almost looks like salt and you can SEE them in the water...I about lost it... We feel so invaded, wer are doing everything known possible to rid these bird mites/bird lice and maybe even rat mites. I'm a clean person to begin with and this is just freaking me out..This is week 2 of having the mites. We have cleared out all of our clothes in the closet, dressers, and hitting the room hard. Another thing to look for on the floor with flashlight and magnifyer is little hard shells, looks like bird seed almost.. IT"S NOT.. those are the shells from the bugs they shed when they get big and expand.. They are everywhere. I'll let you all know hows it going from time to time as we are fighting this battle... Not sure yet what works.. At times it feels so helpless that I just cry, then we find ourselfs laughing.. It's not funny trust me, but what we do at night so we can get good sleep is awful, vicks rub around on our ears, vaseline on our eye brows, and around our eys... I can go and on, but need to close...

Tim said...

I have Bird mites from a sparrow nest on my porch. I've read all these comments and many more. It's amazing how many people are considering suicide. I am too. But not yet. I have never seen anyone post that they have gotten rid of them. NOT ONE.

Anonymous said...

To find someone who says they did finally get rid of these horrible things, look at birdmites.org and also shanspirations.org. I am praying for all of you.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I am so happy to have found this site. My husband and I have been dealing with bird mites for 1 1/2 years now. THOUSANDS of dollars spent, all of our furniture gone, we've tried everything we could find on birdmites.org and other sites, all to no avail. Doctors are absolutely no help and i'm tired of leaving in tears. i'm going to look into 'talstar' and see if that might help. i don't care what the doctors say, they have definitely infested themselves in my husband (both my son and I have dug them out of his eyes!) and they were biting me all over my mid-section. we now live with his parents. he lives in their spare house and cleans like crazy. we'll keep fighting, but what made me so happy to find this sight is that it's RECENT postings! if he could go back to the very beginning when it wasn't this bad, he would spend DAYS in the ocean! the saltwater seems to provide him some relief now, and he wonders if that would have made a huge difference back in the beginning. also, elevation seems to make a bit of difference, but it has to be HIGH. he also burns menthol crystals in cups and cup warmers and washes with diatomaceous earth. hope that little bit helps someone...CATCH IT EARLY!

Anonymous said...

dealing with these rat, bird mites a year now? bad part is they also live in my ears,can't kill them in there without destroying the ear drum,but get relief by pouring 1/4 cup garlic cooking oil in tub and totally submergeing my head and letting it air dry on skin , even go to bed with it still on me , gives relief, also you must buy EpiCor to build your immune system, 1 pill a day, 1000 mg garlic per day,1-2 cups wht. vinegar and 3/4 cup 20 M.T.borax for wash , no need to use detergent, cedar chips ( wal-Mart dog aisle ) in closets & dresser drawers

Zak Rhee said...

Mr. McCaffrey,

I am not sure what your source of information is, and It sounds as if your experience with bird mites is very limited considering you “decided to investigate further”. Should you have to investigate further as you call it, then what are you basing your article on? It sounds as if you have taken the notion that because you blog on a specific subject that make you an authority on the subject matter. I do not know you your history or profession, and will assume you are in the pest control industry. From a laymans point of view, there are thousands it not millions of insects and bugs out there, and it would be a daunting task for someone in your industry to keep up with all of the different species which is no fault of your own. However, I do fault someone who will talk as an authority as I felt you have and you have contradicted potentially valid information based upon your opinion. If your experience with bird mites is based upon the one incident that you have wrote about and your knowledge is only as deep as whatever your garnered from your internet research, I hardly find that to be a credible authority to advise people that the the others are “alarmists”. While I can appreciate you attempting to kwell any fears people may have, I can assure you the bird mites do multiply exponentially. Further, I do not and have not had any birds as pets or otherwise and the roof of my building is clear of any debris whether bird nests or hornets nests, and I know for a fact that they bite like hell and if they don’t survive on a bloodmeal from humans, then they can surely last a hell of a long time fasting.

I’ve also found that normal as in Raid or whatever bug sprays do not work and there are only a couple of chemicals that do, and having done three rounds of this stuff, they continue to remain, however admittedly I killed thousands. I am now thinking that they may be in the air onditioning vents, but that is my problem. I only wished to take exception with your comments as I feel you have spoken based upon opinion and not fact and should state as much as it is important not to mislead people and advise them that you are only providing them with another point of view and not a subject matter expert as you portend.

Thank you
Wil

sarah said...

bird mites are absolute overwhelming hell. in the last week since my apartment has become infested i have been cleaning like crazy. i did 9 loads of laundry yesterday after a fumigator came and sprayed and they are still alive and well. i have been bathing my dog daily with shampoo and epsom salts and baby oil. i believe any discrediting reaction to "alarmists" is counter productive. unless you've felt these things crawling around your genitals or crawling out your nose onto your face, you don't know what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

We moved into a house with these mites. It took a while for them to come out. The mites mostly like 'jumping' onto my legs and soon found the bed. At night a few would crawl around on me. My partner has been bitten in some places quite severely - in particular foot and face.

We moved to a smaller house and then the hell started. They bite every night. The cover the lower legs, in particular from ankle to knee.

Before we moved they were happy to tag along, get washed off in the shower. No huge problem.

Now they are seriously biting us, they infest clothing, they bite under the clothes anyway, they got nuts at night time.

The best way to deal with them, we've found, is to use clear tape. It picks up the mite when they bite.

Flea bombs haven't done very much.

Spraying with pyrethrins has sort of worked. I figure that it kills around 80 to 90% of them. A few days later they all come back.

I've recently tried spraying with Borax. Unsure how well this is working. About 100g of Borax to 5L.

Last weekend I let off 2 pyrethrin smoke bombs in the house. Unsure how effective this was. I believe that it cleared the garage.

I had a problem with the old vacuum cleaner: I would vacuum, put my hand in to take out the bag (even after spraying with household bug spray), and the insects would 'jump' out onto my arm and bite my arm.

I have purchased a Dyson, the one with 'mini cyclones'. Like this - http://www.dyson.com.au/landingPages/dc22.asp - with a HEPA filter and power head. No bag, but then no more jumpy problems after vacuuming.

I've tried essential oils. Works for a while.

Tried lice treatments. Again, works for a while.

Last Friday I was driving home and one insect (I assume mites btw) got into my shoe, through the sock and was biting my foot above the small toe. At the same time the tea tree oil with which I had smothered my foot, was burning into the bite.

So far these mites have bitten me through tea tree oil, through eucalyptus oil, through petroleum jelly.

I have sprayed with the Deltamethin sprays from the supermarket. To no effect that I can tell.

We've had the carpets steam cleaned. They came back after 3 hours (that I noticed).

I'm starting to feel really worn down by the lack of sleep and they are ripping my skin to shreds with constant biting.

These mites are feeding on my partner primarily, and myself secondly.

I do not know the cure.

The local pest control companies are a joke. No, seriously. I have found where they buy their chemicals, they don't really know much beyond basic pest control and get really offended when you ask how they are going to control the problem.

I spoke to old and said 'I've tried the following... (see list above and more)'. The response? We can't help you.

Ingridjee said...

HEY FELLOW SUFFERERS!! I have good news!
After more than a week of complete anguish and despair, of not having any sleep and be bitten by these creatures, night AND day! After calling the exterminator but still having them EVERYWHERE! I might have found a way to sleep ...
I was covering myself at night in peppermint oil and vick vapor rub in hopes these bugs would leave me alone. It felt a bit better but last night I dropped it and ran out. I looked everywhere in my house for something and found this bed and body dust , in its label, reads, contains fumed silica. Since I have been waiting to try Diatomaceous Earth, I thought, ummm contains silica.. So I sprinkled it, generously all over my body, hair and sheets.It smells good too! THERE! I found something that worked!
It is messy but I slept like an angel and now I just have to use a vacuum but my sheets smell good and my body too. The ingredients arrowroot, fragrance and fumed silica. I called Kindred spirits in burbank and ordered more bed and body dust and for the smell I will mix it with the diatomaceous earth when i get that, and dust my bedrooms.Funny is that while on the phone ordering more bed and body, the woman says, so you like the smell? And I told her THAT and it keeps the mites away at night! This woman was laughing! She did not think of this use. I told her is the silica NOT the delicious fragrance.
There, TALC, anything with Silica!
Worked all night, and as the powder leaves the body in the morning, a shower and a reaplication is a good thing. It helps.

Good luck!

CSC said...

An open question to my fellow sufferres. I have asthma and have been partially immuno suppressed for many years. In that regard, I am typical of the hosts these creatures attack. However, whenever I use things like OFF or menthol crystals, the creatures move down my throat and into my lungs where they hide until the offending agent is gone.

Has anyone else experienced this? If so, have you developed a method to fight it.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Anonymous said...

I have had bird mites for three months. I got them at my boyfriends house as he had birds build a nest in his garage ceiling and that is the floor of his apartment. I only go there once or twice a week and spend the night. We started feeling things crawling on us at night and I look online and figured it was the birds. I haven't gone back since. Then I started feeling them at home two weeks later and freaked out. I have three kids and would never want them affected. I called terminix and the looked a a sample of lint roller I used at night to get them away from me and identified them as bird mites. They said since I did't have the nest at my house they would be able to get rid of them. I have been sprayed three times in July and felt nothing for six weeks. Then I started to get a couple of bites everynight and felt some crawling and signed up for their quarterly spray. I now notice them when I go to work and am so afraid I have contaminated my work and might have to tell co workers what I have. They would freak. I have used Permithrin on myself from doctor and that got them off me temporaraly, but they are coming back. I spend every night vacumming and doing laundry and sprinkly borax on sideboards of carpet . I am so panicked that I have trouble sleeping and eating and have gotten below normal weight for my height. My family feels nothing and said they think I have heat rash not bites(never had heat rash before) and that I need to see a phycologist. I want my old life back, as I no longer can do they things I used to enjoy as I clean all the time and am obsesed with finding a cure for all this. I had to get Xanax to be able to come home at night after work and cry daily. I so need help and answers.

Anonymous said...

I just printed off this blog. OMG I have had my cat to the vet so many times. Actually 3 vets. They tended to say the poor cat had OCD. Then my other 2 cats started licking off the fur off their bellies too. One is so bad I have to get the vet to give her a Depo shot every 2 months which is not good since it can push her into diabetes among other things. This started 2 years ago. There was a birds nest at my front door for over 10 years. It was mud so is that swallows? Anyway I thought they were cute so I let them stay. This last spring 3 sets of babies died. I had heard that old nests would get infested with mites so I took the nest down and cleaned with bleach. Of course the mites were already on my cats and me but I didn't know it. Now I realize that I've been itchy and felt my skin crawling for over a year too. I just thought it was allergies. After researching it I now know it must be bird mites or some other kind. I actually saw mites crawling out of my computer a couple of years ago and didn't think anything about it. I just wiped them up with alcohol on paper towels. I didn't realize they are so insidious. I never knew so many people have had problems with them. I wonder if there is something in our environment causing us to be more susceptable now. I grew up on a farm and we never had a problem with this nor have our animals. I wonder if there is a way to boost the immune system of us and our pets so that our bodies can resist the mites?

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth... I had a bird mite problem a couple of months ago but was able to get rid of it myself. I, too, read "the other site" and was pretty concerned. I mean panicked. But I ended up getting rid of them without an excessive amount of trouble. And I think that "other site" should not be taken too seriously.

So, during the summer, I had some swallows build a nest on my patio. I thought it was kind of cool, in a pre bird mite awareness kind of way... Well into the summer, and well after I should have cleaned up all the shit on the deck (I don't go out there much and figured the rain would eventually wash it away), I one day noticed approximately one zillion tiny little bugs, almost too small to see. I decided to clean up the poop and rather stupidly just use my bare hands and a scoop, walked the stuff through the house and basically self-infested my own house.

Within a day or two, I started seeing them near the sliding glass door, on my desk, on my computer screen and uhh, on me. Well, I never saw them but I felt them. Not sure if it was the power of imagination but it sure felt like something was crawling in my hair...

Anyway, once I started seeing them in the house and in large numbers, that galvanized me into action. Here is the list of stuff I used to get rid of them:

Clorox, Lysol, Raid (House and Garden) and eucalyptus oil.

Before I did anything, I knocked down the nest. Luckily they had just flown the coop, or they would have been flying earlier than they planned. Or plummeting, depending on their stage of progress.

First I emptied an entire bottle of the Raid on one regular-sized sliding glass door. Everywhere. In the slider, on the window, in the wood cracks, on the ground, everywhere. There was nothing moving or living on that door, and probably won't be for 10,000 more years.

I also sprayed in my house, all along that part of the house by the sliding glass door where they had come in at.

Then I scrubbed the deck with a serious water/bleach mixture. Did that about three times. It became a very clean deck.

That got rid of 95% of them but the next day or two, I started seeing a few again. I bought another bottle of Raid and emptied that, bird-mite, nuclear-holocaust-style again. I also began using a "lighter touch" dose of Lysol whenever I saw them anywhere. I went through two spray bottles of Lysol. Over-kill works.

Within about three or four days, I was maybe seeing one or two a day, and eventually none. But just to be sure, I sprayed a mister of eucalyptus and water on the carpet and around the general area several times a day. I have heard that peppermint/spearmint also works, and lavender as well.

A week after I went on the rampage, the bird mites were all gone and have not come back. In contrast, my girlfriend now has.

I have heard (but don't know if it's true) that they cannot live off of human blood. So they might bite but a couple of weeks later, they will die off regardless.

So you can get rid of them, at least in my experience. For me what worked was to use plenty of Raid and Lysol, and spray it everywhere they could possibly be, and do it several times with a heavy thumb. Go to Costco and get it in bulk. Spraying them makes you feel good.

My experience may or may not be typical but it might be a starting point. Remember: be ruthless with the Raid.

Anonymous said...

How is "http://wcbstv.com/health/bird.mites.bloodsucking.2.741942.html" misinformation?

It states all of the relevant points. It clearly states what happened. Which part of this is wrong? Please advise.

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Anonymous said...

Watch out. I was batling bird mites for two months! I had the crawling and bitting symptoms and had the place exterminated twice. Got the black specks and "insects" to be examined by an etmologyst in a very prestigious university and all I got was a report that after examining all samples in the microscop all was found was "fabric pills", some sort of carbon and sking. And she gave me a link to morgellons disease.\
Morgellons.org

Good news for me is tha eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil rubbed on sheets and put on a cotton, diluted in lots of alcohol, before bed, did diminish the black speks in the morning and the crawling and itching.\It can be worse than you think.
Send it to the lab!!!

Anonymous said...

son had a pigeon nest oustide his apt . this past summer had it removed. he figured it out due to the mites being on his bed and had pest control come out and advise bird mites. had the nest removed. and thought we had it taken care of after cleaning, ,but recently he has the feeling of being bit again and crawling on the skin and hair. thinks they are back in his room and car. we are on the verge of winter, so will trying some cleaning methods noted on this page but ,who mentioned what about being in the ear and moving down into the lungs...thats crazy ,is that true. could some discussion be made on that please.

Anonymous said...

If by chance the exterminator finds no mites and the crawling and biting continues. And if by chance you feel some other symptoms. I would advise the following:
1. Get any thing you think is bitting you , any samples and send to an etmology department of an university near you. They often charge very low fees and are able to analyse what type of insect you have.

2. Steam Menthol Crystals in your space. With a diffuser. It is cost effective and easy and Menthol is wonderful to clean the environment and get rid of pests.

3. Visit the site, Morgellons.org if these crawlies seem to be invisible, if you have any black specks or fabric pills around or in you.

one WORD: A handful of Menthol Crystals in a diffuser or a safe, heat resistant plate over a heater can do WONDERS. Think also about spraying some peppermint essential oil and eucalyptus oil, diluted in alcohol in and around your bed.
Take a bath with Dr, Boomers Peppermint soap, take a chance and wash your clothes and bedding with it too.
Do not use any more chemicals if persistent.
Eat healthy.

Good Luck and my sympathies!

bill said...

Any luck using an ozone generator on bird mites? I just bought one and will let you know how it goes. Treat yourself with MSM, garlic pills, organic apple vinegar, immune boosters, proper diet and vitamins etc etc etc.... I'll let you know about the ozone generator after I try it. It suppose to kill everything from mold spores, bed bugs, and even bird mites without pesticide. Of course you have to leave you home overnight while it runs but it kills everything in there. Its relatively inexpensive less than $500 considering pest control treatments and other methods. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

okay so i moved into this apartment and ever since i moved in i have been getting these bites all over my body. and now that i have been looking around and thinking about it, when i first moved in here i found 2 dead birds behind a door b.c the sky light in my bedroom had blown off just b.4 we moved in here, do you think that they could live on a deaD BIRD? HOW WOULD I GET RID OF THEM ,THEY ARE BITTING ME SOO BAD. im going to buy a new bed but i want to move now too and i dont want them in my new place how do i get rid of them so they dont follow mee??
pleassse.

email me if you have any idea's please..
sexyzipper_011@hotmail.com

Terry said...

For the record:
If you are infested with bird mites then consider the following:

1. Killing the adults helps in the short term, but they become immune quickly.
Something like Delta Force can work for a few months.

2. An IGR like starycide will stop the bird mites from growing into adults - but only for as long as the mites touch it.

Right now, I am spraying the carpets in my house with starycide every 3 weeks. It is working.

3. They live in your clothes / bedding. Soaking for 24 to 36 hours helps. Adding chemicals to the soak also helps - eg, bleach, Detol etc



4. Find a pest control company who actually knows about bird mites. They will most likely spray the carpet with an IGR and knockdown.
They will put coopex dust in the room / subfloor. This won't do that much, but the mites don't like to walk across it.

5. If you feel like you can handle it, get a sprayer ($30 for a cheap one) and some knocked down and IGR and spray your house regularly.

e.g.:

http://www.epestsupplies.com.au/index.php?pgid=4&cat_id=21&rec=0

6. Protect your skin
Before you get into bed, kill the mites on you and protect your skin.

Eucalyptus oil (not the 100% the 20% one) on your skin can help. Watch out for poisoning ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_oil#Safety_and_toxicity )


7. Wear thongs (flipflops) in the house. Spray the bottom of the thongs with IGR / knockdown.

8. Get a GOOD vacuum cleaner. Vacuum all carpets daily.
I use this one, it really works well: http://www.dyson.com.au/store/product.asp?product=DC22-MOTORHEAD

This has been key to killing the mites in the carpet.

Empty the bin far away from the house, if possible. Into water, if possible, off of a bridge (which is what I do).

9. Wash all hard floors daily.

10. Put napthalene flakes or cedar balls in your clothes drawers

11. After washing clothes, put the clothes in plastic bags or plastic containers with cedar or naphthalene balls.

You will need to attack them on all fronts. Deny them food: cover your skin with Petroleum Jelly, Rid to make it difficult for them to bite you.

WEAR CLOTHES. They find it harder to bite skin through socks.

The love to bite from the knees down.

Hydraderm works - moisturiser to help repair your skin and they find it difficult to walk across.


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We are nearly there. All of the mites in the house are now juveniles. We wash clothes every day. FINALLY after 4 months our bed is clean and we can sleep.

It can take 3 months to 6 months of hard work to get a grip.

If this happened to me again, after this, then the first thing I would do is get the Staycide, and spray EVERYTHING. Of all things, this helped the most.

Anonymous said...

I checked myself into a resort hotel, stayed there for three days, went from pool to jacuzzi to whirlpool to pool and on and on, hour after hour. By the third day I was symptom free. I don't think they can stand a long immersion in a dilute chlorine solution, i.e., pool water. The jets of the jacuzzi are great -- they drive the chlorine right into your skin. Had a great time and got rid of all of them. Now am back home which isn't bug free yet, so not so fun, but am going to bleach the whole thing. Chlorine, bleach, kills em.

Anonymous said...

Where did you get Starycide? Can we buy it in California?

Anonymous said...

I'm a fellow sufferer for over 4 years now. Started with a robin nest. They used to start biting in May and leave in August, but after we moved to a warm, humid climate, they morphed, and now are on me all the time. The only thing that keeps me going is that they now only bite me and not my wife and children. This is honestly one of the worst things I can imagine. I pray for all of us in this nightmare. Do they like a certain blood type, or rh factor? It would be interesting to see. I'm O+, and they certainly breed on my blood. Would it do any good to post blood types and rh factors to see if there is a common denominator? There is something out there that will work, I truly believe this, let's all work together to figure this out (morgellon sufferers included).

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your helpful website.
I've had birdmites for 2+weeks. Did all the spraying, housecleaning drill, but they'd gone in my ears too. Best treatment is 1 tsp Teatree oil, in a small dropper bottle mixed with olive oil and a little lavender. A few drops every bedtime has killed mites in my ears, reduced the mite population in my house, easy and harmless. Must be done every night (mornings if you have time, also) for at least 1 week, to be effective.

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Anonymous said...

It doesn't help to read that they are easy to get rid of or just are in bird nests! It's been almost two years that we've battled these and that is with the "help" of Michigan State and Purdue University! That site may be scary - but we read stories on it that are identical to ours. We vacuum and steam every single day to keep them "less" rather than more but they are persistent. If you have something that TRULY gets rid of bird mites permanently, please let us know. We have tried virtually everything on the market and Internet. Do we REALLY have to get rid of everything and move?!

Anonymous said...

Ok, longtime sufferer (years). I'm sorry to say that really nothing has worked for us. I'm not giving up though. I just bought an 80 quart stock pot, and am now boiling my clothes and bed linens on our gas oven. It may sound crazy, but until you've suffered with these things, it's difficult to understand what we are going through (and yes, I've verified the bird mites through a microscope). I'll try and update to see if we have any relief. Don't give up hope. There has to be an answer out there.

BJ in Florida said...

By now the original poster of the article must surely realize they are wrong, and can cause a lot of harm by telling people this is not a problem---at precisely the point where they have a shot of at least handling the problem.

I want to see an apology, nothing less.

I too have suffered for two years, finally figured out what the heck was going on---story identical to the worst of the 'other' website stories. Why are so many so-called professionals in denial about this? Ego?

Gillustrator said...

Your article is not accurate. Bird mites reproduce off human blood for a long,long time. I'm a living example of it. You should come clean with these people.

Anonymous said...

You do people no favors by pretending a problem doesn't exist when is does. We had them swarm in when the baby birds left the nest. We had the county (Los Angeles) come out and identify them and the guy said they will die off after 3 to 5 days because they won't live off the host. THEY DID NOT. We first tried an organic pesticide company and that inspector, although he saw and sympathized with the awful bites, also said they will die off in a week of or two. THEY DID NOT. Finally my dermatologist screamed at me to get a pesitcide company to treat, so we had Terminex tent the house. Things improved and died down during the winter but now that Spring is here I'm seeing bites again, which is why I'm exploring these sites. More research needs to be done by scientists since there had been some kind of change possibly due to climate change and these mites are thriving very nicely with human hosts. We of course are going out of our minds. Washing clothes and especially bedding in 140 degree water with Borax and Dawn is somewhat helpful, some washing machines have a special setting that will heat to 140, check the manual. I sympathize and wish luck to all of us, a lobby is needed to get more research done on this. Maybe the people who manufacture Frontline and Advantage can come up for something safe for people that could address this problem, they could make a fortune!

Anonymous said...

If a nest is physically contacting your home, then after the birds leave the nest you might want to remove the nest but be certain to wear protective clothing from head to toe when you do. The nest can stay while the birds are there because the mites will stay with the birds, but when the birds are gone the mites might look for you. When the birds leave the nest they might return to roost for one or two nights but after that, you might want to remove the nest but wear protective clothing!!

DW said...

most people have mites feed on them and on everthing in your house like dust mites, clovermites, and others. i had a custumer how had mites and said she could see them so she showed me a litewood table in the sun lite and i saw them. they look like they where floating along.

Anonymous said...

I have been tortured by these little black grains, they bite more often during the 3-5 am, I know we were infested when we opened up bags of accoustical padding to place under laminate flooring from a big well known company. They sent a representative to obtain samples, and he stated he has never seen these types of insects. We have covered our mattresses with heavy plastice, taped securely, wash all padding sheets, pillow cases daily in Clorox and hot water, followed with 2 hr. drying, we shower in hot water, twice a day, I rub alcohol prior to showering to loosen them they lose their grip, wash with scrubbie and ecalyptus liquid soaking soap from Walmart, all clothing towels are placed in huge plastic garbage bags, I have taken any rugs curtains out of the rooms which I could,I spray with bedbug spray, it curtails them but they do come back, after bathing at night I use Vicks vapo rub and petroleum jelly around my eyes. Six doctor visits later, still no help, I plan to use Lysol, I was bathing with it, I will try on floor, I was using Pinesol previously. Thank you all for your comments. God has given us authority over every crawling thing on this earth, prayer is the only way, I will wait for a miracle.

Jody said...

The information on this site is outdated. Please consult the 2009 book, "Control of Poultry Mites (Dermanyssus)" for up to date information from a scientific source. The book is a reprint of a special edition of the Journal of Acarology. Two quotes:
"they have a very large range of hosts and they can easily parasitise other species including farm animals and man." (page 94). This is a "devastating pest for humans and animals." (page 2) The book also provides information on a number of diseases these arthropods carry that can affect humans. Important reading for those affected.

nyaargh said...

I have been experiencing an invisible plague of itching that after nearly 2 years now (oh wow, i just realised it's been that long) can only be mites of some kind.
Everything people say is true about it being irrationally scary, how they may vanish and suddenly return like an invisible cloud, usually at 3am, and other people who may occupy the house simply do not notice... it is a very serious problem. One that is obviously only really understood by longstanding sufferers.

Here's one of my feeble inquiries into the subject... not so much as useful information, but more to reiterate just how little useful data there is for those of us who are suffering this.

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1444415

Anonymous said...

This has been interesting to research. I have a birds nest outside and will take it down today even though there are 2 fully feathered babies in it full of mites. i do NOT want them in my house. Some of the comments I have read from various websites seem to me to be from people who have another condition (mental, physical) and not mites. These bugs DO NOT feed and live on humans. THEY DO NOT like to go INTO the house. I think many of the posts on different sites are from drug addicts. For instance, one post said "I developed a drug habit because of the mite infestation in my house..." It's not mites, it's meth!!! so take everything with a grain of salt.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info... I found a site that basically said I would have to tent and fumigate my home if I ever wanted to get rid of bird mites and that it was $3000!!! That is when I started to feel overwhelmed and freaked out thinking I was never going to get rid of them.

My husband removed the nest and tonight we are going to clean that whole area as thoroughly as possible, in the meantime I am cleaning erverything in site!

How long does it take for them to die off and disappear?

And, can they get in your eyes, ears, nose and mouth and live in there?

Anonymous said...

That bird mite site is not a crazy site. I think it all depends on how early you catch your infestation. If you catch it early, like notice a nest on your window....lucky you. We got our mites from our cat. Our cat adopted from shelter had them 9 months crawling and walking all over our furniture and carpet without any of us getting one bite. it took several visits to the vet to finally figure out they were coming from our dog from our yard where ducks visit alot and attaching to our indoor cat when our dog came in. She had no loss of fur or any of the normal symptoms. She liked us to rub her head alot...but that was it. She was purring...so we thought it was her little love spot. By the time we found out what we were dealing with a human transferring mite....we were infested and being attacked by the hundreds. We had them in our showers/tubs/baths/carpets/furniturecloths/walls/cieling/bedding. We are close to beating this with tons of pest control chemicals/miticides, treating our animals with ivomec, ozoning our house over and over and lots of sulfur soap/borax/peroxide baths for ourselves plus elimite from our doctor. Consider yourself lucky if you catch it early. oh...and we washed our cloths/bedding borax/ammonia/hot water. Just my thoughts on this issue.

Gerry Weitz said...

You said it so right when you stated that the sooner you detect the problem the better. I have found upon inspection of pest control customers that if you don't get to it soon enough, not only is the problem hard to solve, but you then have a much harder time identifying what is the pest problem and what are the problems that the potential customer caused with all sorts of DIY treatments that are way off the chemical label.

Anonymous said...

Deborah from IL. I have been dealing with something that sounds a lot like what I am hearing from others. I have been to Doctors and they cant help me. I still have these bugs. There in my head,ears,noise and mouth. I am having such a time. I have tried every thing I can think of. I have made dozens of orders from site that say there product will get rid of them. I have had no luck with anything. I take more baths use more lotions,and still have not luck. I some time thing I will go insane. If you can help me find anything that might help please let me know.
deborahsmail2009@gmail.com thanks.

Jeff in MN said...

I've been living with bird mites for 48 hours, and I'm astounded and discouraged that so many people have spent years battling these creatures.

I found the bugs 2 days ago. They came in my closed patio door from a swallow nest on the outside wall above it. I could only find them by the patio door, nowhere else, so I figured I have a shot at containing this. I went to bed at about 11:30pm and after a half hour, I was in the bathroom looking at dozens of red marks all over my body. They're in my hair, nose, throat, and are crawling all over the rest of me - biting.

I know if I shower, they're just going to hop back on me when I'm done, so what's the point. I'm sitting here, on the edge of complete disbelief, when I think of what I have to look forward to.

I haven't found a common thread in any of the 100's of post's I've been reading here, and on other sites, since I first found the bugs yesterday, that might offer a clue about resolving this.

I know I can't live with this on a long-term basis. I'll walk away from my home (it's worthless anyway, since 2007, and going down in value every day) before I'll live like this.

How am I going to hold my 3 month old grandaughter without transferring mites to her?

This is a plague, and I feel like a leper.

To those few who think this is imaginary, I'd like to invite you over for a good long hug.

Anonymous said...

I have been liveing with these mites for three years, it is a liveing hell,, i have tried every chemical i can get my hands on and all the methods mentioned such as borax, menthol, all the parenthins, alcohol, they are bad, i do find some relife in Sulfur 8 shampoo and conditioner, i smeer it all over my body before bed and they bite less

Ward said...

After living with bird mites for 3 months, I finally got rid of everything I owned and took a 3 month driving tour across the country. I stayed in hotels and scrubbed with RID every night for 3months. I never wore the same clothes twice. I wore hospital scrubs and then bleached and dried in HOT dryers for over an hour each time. I spent alot of nights in the pool or jacuzzi as well. After 3 months, I arrived in California and got a new apartment in Los Angeles. A very expensive way to escape these pests, but at least I was successful in leaving them behind. THANK GOD FOR MY NEW PEACE OF MIND. Now, 3 years later, I have a GREAT JOB and have been in several movies and TV shows. Here's the twist. I recently visisted a produce store and came home itching. The crawling and biting has begun again, and the bird mites are now in my nose and ears and eyelashes. I have revisited the same websites I found 3 years ago, and people still haven't found a solution to this plague. I guess it is time for another road trip. i could just cry but I am too busy scratching. I think the only way to get away from them is to RUN LIKE HELL. You would think there would be more research on a health hazard like this, but I can find nothing to get rid of them except evacuation. I guess the birds know what they are doing when they leave the infested nest! I am saddened to hear so many tragic stories of infestation. I do hope everyone out there in bird mite hell will find some way to get out. At least feel better knowing this -You are not crazy.

C in Sweden said...

HI, all!
Can someone help? We have been bitten for allmost 6 months. First children 1 and 7 years old, but now mostly me and 1 year old girl. My husband only on occasions. 3 srpayings with K-othrin done by pest control company. Just getting worse. Beofre only bites at night now also crawling and bites sometimes at days. Worse just after Pest control spraying. I used to be a successful athlete, live healthy and had a meaningful life with 2 great children. I can´t sleep anymore without sleeping pills. My husband knows this too and see the bites. Skin- clinic has said bite-reactions but can´t do anything more and says we have to consult hte pestcontrol firm. They can´t say for sure what insects are bothering us. They THINK it is bird mites but say they will go away. Doctors say they can´t reproduce on human´s so we´ll get rid of them. No way so far... We wash everything everyday since 4 months in hot water and tumble dry for an hour. We have left samples in form of vacuumbags to be checked (and also some samples we thought MIGHT be the insects small orange in colour) but the zologist that we sent them to at the university says it´s nothing. I also have gotten a cough daytime and my nose gets hard to breathe thru at night. No one seems to be able to help and all things you write about here is hard for us to do, cause we live in Sweden and the aprays and chemicals you suggest can´´t be found here. HOw can you get proof/find the insects/mites. We both see the bites on me and one of the girls, and the skin clinic confirmed bite- but we can´t see the insect. The insurance company won´t pay the pest control company any more if we can´tprove an insect present despite the bites...
Does mites leave SMALL black specks? (PEst company says it is NOT bed bugs, they would have founde them..)Please HELP: If it wasn´t for my kids my life would end here.. I am until now a normal person, whos had a great life and has a firm of my own doing well (but now I can hardly work because I don´t sleep) HELP WITH INFO PLEASE C in Sweden

sharon said...

We have the same nightmare; we've used everything doctors will give you (for scabies, since bird mites aren't a "real diagnosis" to everything on forums we can find, fogging everyday car and apt. washing everything then baking it all in the over, vacuuming, then putting down carpet poweder with nylar and vacuuming it up; putting things in bags with no pest strips...but the mites are in my nose and my hair and in my husband's eyes and on our skin and in our ears and definitesly living on us and reproducing like crazy. We are about to go bankrupt and bananas. The cpounty exptension only works for the agricultural industry, no consumers and the university doesn't do identification...no one wants to make this problem a reality and pay for the research and treatment.
The poultry industry is powerful.

How do we get help; how do we make them die and get back our lives? How do we even get doctors to admit this is a real problem and needs a cure? When we have several suixides hit the news? Or only if the suicides are rich people....

sarah said...

sarah from sept '09-

it's been over a year and after throwing everything at them (including throwing everything i owned out and moving.) they're still rockin' me like a hurricane.

my sage advice to anyone is, find your balance. do what you can to hold onto your sanity. engage in life and don't isolate yourself.

i would be lying if i said i hadn't contemplated death, but these things are not worth me losing out on all that i have yet to experience. so i have crawling sensations when i'm in bed? so i have unattractive bites on my ass? is that really enough to say goodbye to things like chocolate and rainbows and sex? exactly.

i don't know if i will ever be mite free and i sure as shit don't know if there will be a "cure" for these things. considering there isn't a cure for cancer which has cost us countless beautiful souls, i doubt it.

if you're really angry, contact your local government representative. do it constantly. hell, if you're feeling particularly exhausted from a sleepless night, start mailing your infested sheets to congress persons.* i'm sure eventually that would inspire someone to come up with a solution.

as an american citizen, you have so so much more to be angry about than just mites. just google how your monetary system works. or google the ratio of wealth to class demographics. or hell, google an exciting new recipe for dinner tonight.

my point is- they're just mites. it's shitty, depressing and damn right uncomfortable, but it's just mites. it's not like we're losing the use of our limbs or minds. it's not like we're going to die in 3 years. we're just going to be really itchy with little red bumps on our bodies.

*i am in no way suggesting the spread of bird mites or anthrax or any other bands from the '80s through the u.s postal system.

Anonymous said...

So glad on finding this site! I'm 16 and have a parakeet in my room(pet). I had gotten him at a birdshow, taken him home, etc. After almost a year, I noticed that his feet were turning lumpy and white. So was his face around the beak. After research we went to a Walmart looking for this substance that wasn't in store. We talked to a pharmacist who told us the main ingredient was mineral oil. We bought it, it killed everything off of him, and it was done. That was 2007, but now I noticed they are coming back! I put more on his face and feet and am now still waiting. Since a long time i'm currently the only one in my two story home who feels itching and bites. After a few years ago, and to now i've been getting these red dots aligned straightly across parts of me. I researched and found out they were mite bites. But what do I do? I haven't told my parents and I love this bird. Please, thanks.

rocky said...

Had them for a few months, what a living hell, just wanted to point out that they died out 100% when it snowed in London during the Winter. Hope this helps some of you.

Anonymous said...

This is a "LIVING HELL" IT DOES NOT GO AWAY. My body has been invaded, my nose, eyes, ears, mouth, I have severe dental problems now that will not heal and also my naval,vaginal area any crevice in my body that can be invaded. I have exterminated, cleaned, cleaned, cleaned thrown away most everything that I thought was contaminated, BUT... "EVERYTHING BECOMES CONTAMINATED AND INFECTED", EVEN STEAM CLEANING DOES NOT WORK. I AM GOING TO HAVE TO PUT INTO STORAGE OR BURN EVERYTHING. This is very expensive having to replace all furniture, bedding, clothing, personal items, "EVERYTHING". Then this is not a guarantee. Not even the CDC nor the Medical community knows how to rid these pest. I WANT TO KNOW WHY IN THIS DAY AND AGE OF MEDICAL SCIENCE(2011)THAT A CURE HAS NOT BEEN FOUND, "THIS IS PLAQUE AND SHOULD HAVE A CURE". I'M A TEXAS WOMAN THAT EXPECTS RESULTS FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION FROM OUR SO CALLED GOVERNMENT TO FIND CURES THAT EFFECT THE HEALTH OF OUR SOCIETY. DO YOU HEAR ME PRESIDENT O'BOMA? THIS IS A PLOY TO ERADICATE OUR SOCIETY?

kh said...

Okay people, I've read about half of your comments so far. Let me tell you that I definitely know what your going through - I've had these bastards for about 4 years now (started when I moved to a small apartment). Anyway, you all need to go get KLEEN GREEN! Trust me, I've tried too many products to get rid of these things and this stuff is the only one that works. That said, I am not affiliated with their company in any way. My experience is that they cannot adapt to this organic product, and it is highly effictive. I get an occasional bite every now and then (it is only a contact killer), but I have a somewhat normal life and usually sleep like a baby. I have since devoted my time to getting rid of these things entirely: I have just purchased a bad ass dehumidifier for the latest "I hope this works test." Get Kleen Green! I don't want them to go out of business because then I'll be screwed - sorry for some of the language, but this topic demands vulgarity.

Terry said...

This air purifier also works - http://www.tohealth.com.au/hybrid_ion-mini_tower.html - but is not as good as Ionmax ION388 Air Ioniser ( http://www.pureair.com.au/ionmax-388.htm )

Anne said...

My house is infested with bird mites. The nest is gone. They are eating me alive. Most pesticides do not work.

Terry: Thank you for your suggestion of using an air purifier. I have a similar model to one you linked to and it works very well.

I have found that bird mites are attracted to bug zapper. I have a 20w 'stinger' bug zapper. It does no seem to kill the mites, but they all gather around it... and do not infest the floor.

My house is now nearly 'clean'. I have several pairs of bug zapper plus UVC air purifier in each room, two and three in large rooms. It works.

Thank you Terry, you are a godsend.

Anonymous said...

I just went off on a so-called expert who, when I asked him what to do now that we have spent all our money for a thermal treatment that didn't work, informed me that the treatment didn't work because there was never an infestation in the first place, "bird mites don't infest houses" and I am suffering from allergies. This, after I had informed him that we had a positive id from an entomologist. I am furious. I did not ask for a medical or psych diagnosis...what makes these people so arrogant, anyway? When he takes a bird mite out of his eye and has it identified, I doubt he will be so smug.

Anonymous said...

As a poultry keeper I am more than familiar with dealing every year with dear old Dermanyssus gallinae. I deal with them on a regular basis, I open a shed look at a perch and mutter "bleeping redmite again"

There are lots of myths about them, but I can tell you for a FACT that they are not invisible. If you feel one crawling up your arm, then if you look with a naked eye, unless you are VERY poor of sight you will see it. They may be tiny but they are not invisible.

They are red after a blood feed, grey before, the only ones that are really hard to see are the newly hatched nymphs that are truly tiny and are white, but even these are not invisible.

Have I had them in my house? Oh Yes. Have I had them all over my clothes, Oh yes- frequently. I've even had them in the camera lens and over the computer screen. In my hair and in the bed clothes.

Do they bite humans?...Well yes and no. They love to bite me, especially around the soft areas under the armpits and and under the breasts, inside the elbows and suchlike. But my partner has not ever been bitten, although he has been crawled on!

However and this is something that puzzles me with all these people saying they can't get rid of them. I have always found a hot wash of the clothes/bedclothes and myself sorts the little blighters out, they might be evil but even they can't survive a good soapy shower.

If I am dealing with a poultry house infestation, I have to keep at it for at least 2 or 3 weeks, a spray on day one with a poultry insecticide, leave it 2 days then spray again, and then spray a third time again after a couple of days. you need to break the life-cycle which can be as short as 7 days

Now the trick here is always spray after dark, this works 100 x better than during daylight hours when the mites are hiding in the crevices. during daylight you will always miss a few.

When treating chicken houses you always get a few on you, no matter how careful you think you are so
when one walks up my arm or wanders casually from hairline to eyebrow I don't panic, I just take a soapy bath. (tip: It's always best when treating chicken houses to wear a plastic bathcap - it keeps 'em out of your hair!)
Those of you who feel mites crawling on you but can't ever see anything visible...Sorry but its not Dermanyssus gallinae, as they can be seen. Trust me on this, I work with the horrid little critters every poultry breeding season, and I could walk out of the house now, wander up the garden and walk back with a few in a pot if I so choose.

However I would suggest that those people look up Morgellons, which although some people claim it is delusional, others have enough interesting evidence to suggest otherwise and have linked it to GM foods.

GerryWeitz said...

I'm curious who was the entomologist and what type of mites did he identify.

I've never heard of a heat treatment being used for mites. Did the pest control company have its' own identifiable proof?

What was discovered regarding the source of the mites?

Anonymous said...

Omg, how can people LIE so much??

Battling infestation for years? Living on you!? That's a lie.

We had been infested by bird mites in our bedroom one month ago. That's because pigeons used to sit on the window ledge.

Small-tiny-pepper like things that move very slowly. They do not jump, just crawl.

We put some cds dangling from the the top of the window so the birds wouldn't come again, washed it with chlorine and sprayed it.We also washed the clothes, cleaned thoroughly the room(vacuum, mop etc) and sprayed too.

After that we didn't see them again. The bites have almost disappeared, and the itchiness has vanished.

That's all about bird mites. If after removing the nest they are still there, then either there are more nests or there is something different in your house.

So please don't spread myths like that, trying to terrorize people and to advertise products. Really, you should be ashamed.

Anonymous said...

I've had these things living on my scalp for about 30 years. Was mis-diagnosed with psoriasis, scalp deramatitis, you name it, by about 5 different dermatologists. FINALLY, after doing my own research, I started taking bleach baths in summer of 2010. Within 30 days, my scalp erupted and the mites came pouring out. I took several rounds of Ivermectin to get them out of my skin.
Now, my car and places in my house (sofa and kitchen eating area) are INFESTED. Peppermint spray seems to help, but they hide in nooks and crannies and are hard to get to. These things are real! The last dermatologist I went to was an expert on "complicated" cases. He did admit to knowing about bird mites but said that he can't help because they live in the environment and you need to eradicate them from the environment, something he is not educated in how to do.
So, I'm continuously spraying, spraying, spraying, showering 3x per day, and washing all clothes in hot water with Borax and laundry soap. I'm keeping up hope, but it has been 9 months. They DO move very fast, but the only time I've been able to see one is on my arm and it looked off-white. Sent a hair sample to a university entomology clinic and it came back with 0 results - no detection of anything. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

My ceiling is about 40' X 60'. Pigeons lived in the ceiling for about 4 years until I got rid of them about 5 years ago by sealing up all the entrances. All the birds that were in the ceiling died in there because there was no way I could have chased them out. Today I feel as if mites are all over the house and even inside my eyes, nostrils and in my brain. I feel invaded more when I am in front my computer, siting on my TV chair and also in my car. I use aerosol spray on my hair and often change the brand. I often feel bite-bumps in my eyebrows. I sleep with the compressable earplugs and change my sheets and pillow case every day or two. I find that using the oreck air purifier with the Truman cell can help at times. I am afraid to go into the attic but my next plan of attack would be to spray the attic with a high powered steam gun and repeat bi-weekly for about a month.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I want to thank everyone for their posts and return the favor with posting our experience. Within the past week my husband and I woke up with itchy bug bites. A couple days later I put a light colored item down on our bath mat and noticed brown specs moving all over it. I ran and grabbed a paper towel to test the surface again and the bugs crawled all over it. I threw the bath mat in a garbage bag along with our bath towels and the shower curtain and washed everything! If this is happening to you throw out the plastic curtain too. I sprayed Nature's Defense flea and tick spray - this is pet friendly - you can find it a pet stores. It didn't solve the problem, but it helped. We then sprayed bleach along the crevices of the bathroom, along the tub edges, inside and outside and along the window sill. This didn't solve the problem, but we're starting to win the war. Oh, get some itch cream. I also got some bug spray for that will provide her protection and itch relief.

I called the apartment complex today and they confirmed my suspicion that it's bird mites. They sent a maintenance representative to remove Starling nests around the apartment. These birds seem to be responsible for these tiny terrors. The woman in the property office said they would also send down an exterminator, but getting rid of the nests should mostly solve the problem. These birds build nests not in trees, but in cracks and crevices. In the meantime, she said to use a spray bottle filled with Apple Cider Vinegar and spray the bathroom vent (she thinks that's where the nest is) and bathroom areas where there's bugs. I will be doing that shortly. My problem isn't completely solved yet, since I'm updating you during the process, but I'm confident this problem will be solved. As soon as I see any bugs dead or alive, I wiped them down with a wet piece of paper towel or toilet paper and flush it. Good riddens.

I feel like bugs are crawling on me and I can tell that the cat does too. I think it's just pyschological. We'll all be okay and we'll defeat the bugs! Try not to scratch.

MWDogsledder said...

For the lady that believes she may have bird mites. She may actually have another problem-scabies for instance. I believe it is also a type of mite but I do not specifically think that it comes from birds. When my son was a toddler he and I had the symptoms of itching and not having a rash etc. I looked it up in my medical book and it is silimar to lice. I used one of those lice preparations that they sell in the store. Instead of only leaving it on for the period they prescribed, I left it on myself all night and I don't recall how long I left it on my son. I believe I kept putting it on for the period they prescribed and then washed it off. Anyway, it worked for both of us. Otherwise you should go to a dermatologist who can prescribe you something (probably similar) to what they sell in the store but most likely stronger.

MWDogsledder said...

There is also something known as scabies which are very small mites and can not be seen with the naked eye but they can be killed with the same thing that they use for hair lice. I do not know if it would also kill bird lice on a person but I believe there is a good chance that it will. Unless you have sensitive skin, I recommend that you leave the preparation on much longer than the bottle says. When my son was a baby he and I got scabies and this is how I got rid of it. Otherwise you can go to a dermatologist and he/she will prescribe a medication (probably the same thing that they sell in the store but only stronger).

Anonymous said...

Had this problem, just short of suicidal about it, for 25 years. some years I thought I had it beat, small super clean room, sleeping on a mat, eat only early in the day (cause if I eat at night they come alive), and I was sleeping with a theraflu every night, and had a routine where I forgot it was an issue. Met a girl. Looking back I knew this was a problem the day I went to her home and say everything all over the place, all carpet and old stuffed furniture and boxes of clothes and office supplies and a dirty dog on the couch, oh I should have known. but still somewhat under control, from I don;t know, past years of allergy shots and stuff, I moved in, brought my pair of birds, had them in the bedroom where they laid eggs and raised babies in nasty nests that went for months without being cleaned, with those worms that come out of the birdfood crawling up the bedroom walls, the ones that give birth to moths, I'd look at the ce9iling and watch the worms crawl. With a high intensity job and no sleep it became bad, nothing was working, wasn';t sleeping. We moved, for other reasons - the kids - and I had to pay without seeing the place, had said "I trust my wife". So the day I see this place - so infested it's amazing!!- is when I'm moving my stuff in. Well IU abandon the move, get a hotel and then an apartment for two months. But with the hospital telling me and my family that I just need spych meds, I started believing it was all in my head, but no psych meds would make the bugs get off me. A santeria lady said it was sulphur I needed, and borzx on my clothes, a little research and I saw she was saying I had mites like scabbies or bird mites. So tried all the cleaning, the sevin powded, worked for a week, tried pyrethrin, worked for 24 hours, now it's worse, they bite harder cause I made them mad. Suicide seems like the appropriate solution, but how to pull it off with the greatest number of deaths for the mites? Or, all this miticide, that's wrong in half the world's religions, my favorite half. I mean you gotta love the monothesists and the "kill the demons, the humans are superior" crap, but I may decide to lay down my life for the food of these tiny demons, you guys know, you've admitted the concept of "mite-magnets", well, we are the chosen ones, we maybe should lay down our lives to these creatures who need us like a people needs their god!

Anonymous said...

We had a nest above our bedroom window. Babies flew, they came in. Saw them on my phone, all over in bed. Fogged the house after spot treatment and nest removal. Got a Rabbit air purifier and a dehumidifier going. After cleaning everything after fogging, no more biting, can't find any anywhere, have spent long amounts of time looking and nothing. Forget these mentals and the hopeless posts, just clean up everything and get back to life. Stop reading posts like this, it's called trolling, some people get off on making people go crazy.

Anonymous said...

I got these black and red mites from my chickens. I got each chicken from douchebag owners who neglected them. I'm gonna delouse my birds/coop and try the methods you people described. The bites itch and theyve given me an allergy rash.

Anonymous said...

I have an infestation that seems to be from a Starling that got into the bathroom exhaust vent duct work. I have not been able to reach the nest to remove it because of the angles the duct takes. A professional service said they would only be able to use a fogger and could not retrieve the nest either. Is that going to be sufficient? What are my options?

HS

Anonymous said...

there a many more than just one site saying they don't need just birds to reproduce. they use rats, humans, gerbils and can last up to 8 months without a host. what landlord is going to leave a space vacant for 8 months.

Anonymous said...

I've lived with these horrible mites for over 2 years now. have tried everything from a-z, I'm diabled, and my roomates don't get attached like I do, and the house has been let go, so now they have multiplid worse than ever! We had one co. in that sprayed twice with a type of mixture that only ran them out of hiding, and attacked me more! I am at my end, I have never been so misserable. Please tell me if anyone has come up with something new. I really wish I could do something, as I'm the one with mites in my head, ears, anywhere they can get to! I put cotton with alcohol. and thick triple antibiotic in my ears, as they are now infected! Please help! About insane, anyone says they are easy to get rid of, does not know,I'm not a crazy person! Thanks for this site!

95a8cdb8-ab6c-11e0-9adc-000bcdcb5194 said...

That "other" site was very terrifying. I had SO much trouble sleeping that night and it made me think I had them crawling on me. The next day I was so scared and felt depressed and sad and i lost my appetite - i couldn't believe how much it affected my mood! I even felt like i had to drink to calm down, and i rarely ever drink at home!

Luckily my situation wasn't that extreme. And i told myself to chill out, it's not that bad. I had the mites coming in through my window air conditioner; they'd appear like 20 at at a time and every time i cleaned them off, a few minutes later there'd be many more. (This was before I knew what they were and before i found that damn website). I knew birds had a nest underneath, and I waited for them to move out and once i opened the side panels to take the air conditioner out I saw hundreds of them coving the window and AC unit. So I took the AC unit out of my window and set it outside and used RAID on the remaining mites. I told myself that air conditioner was NOT going back in my window because it was infested.

I continued cleaning my window later on in the day, and I went out and bought a new portable AC unit. As the days passed, I found mites here and there around the window (maybe 4 every now and then). I used super sticky tape (actually its rubber foam weatherseal (self stick tape) to blot them up because they won't crush; you need to use tape. I trusted that the remaining would dwindle away. I inspected my bed closely, and i found one each time i looked on my pillow, but luckily stopped seeing them. These things freaked me the hell out!!! I hate bugs to begin with.

So i'm not finding any more as hard as i look.... maybe one straggler if i'm 'lucky'. And any itch i have i think it's one, but it's no bug.

I bought some LYSOL (i heard this does the trick) and sprayed it in and around my window sill just to be safe, and I bought new *white* sheets and will spray down my bed just in case. But I think they're 98% gone.

I don't get how some people say they're itching and feel like they're crawling but don't see anything. I can see them move - they look like specs of dirt. Good riddens!

Anonymous said...

That "other" site was very terrifying. I had SO much trouble sleeping that night and it made me think I had them crawling on me. The next day I was so scared and felt depressed and sad and i lost my appetite - i couldn't believe how much it affected my mood! I even felt like i had to drink to calm down, and i rarely ever drink at home!

Luckily my situation wasn't that extreme. And i told myself to chill out, it's not that bad. I had the mites coming in through my window air conditioner; they'd appear like 20 at at a time and every time i cleaned them off, a few minutes later there'd be many more. (This was before I knew what they were and before i found that damn website). I knew birds had a nest underneath, and I waited for them to move out and once i opened the side panels to take the air conditioner out I saw hundreds of them coving the window and AC unit. So I took the AC unit out of my window and set it outside and used RAID on the remaining mites. I told myself that air conditioner was NOT going back in my window because it was infested.

I continued cleaning my window later on in the day, and I went out and bought a new portable AC unit. As the days passed, I found mites here and there around the window (maybe 4 every now and then). I used super sticky tape (actually its rubber foam weatherseal (self stick tape) to blot them up because they won't crush; you need to use tape. I trusted that the remaining would dwindle away. I inspected my bed closely, and i found one each time i looked on my pillow, but luckily stopped seeing them. These things freaked me the hell out!!! I hate bugs to begin with.

So i'm not finding any more as hard as i look.... maybe one straggler if i'm 'lucky'. And any itch i have i think it's one, but it's no bug.

I bought some LYSOL (i heard this does the trick) and sprayed it in and around my window sill just to be safe, and I bought new *white* sheets and will spray down my bed just in case. But I think they're 98% gone.

I don't get how some people say they're itching and feel like they're crawling but don't see anything. I can see them move - they look like specs of dirt. Good riddens!

Anonymous said...

Trust me.. this will get better.. I had to finally go to ER Dr. who prescibed some steriod pills to help the infection and benadryl pills. This really helps.. THen you must start the cleaning process.. clean everything.. lysol and clorox wipes helps.. wash everything.. Turn up the water heater to wash in very hot water. let it soak and use borax. clean your car with heavy duty vacuum. Laslty, get rid of the bird nest. I caught bird mites for almost three weeks before I saw some relief. I believe I was getting re-infected from the baby birds. We cleaned the area, and found a few nests and blood. poor birds. It was a nightmare having these mites crawl on my face, in my nose, on my hair, and skin. It will drive you crazy, but as the Dr. said.. these mites can't survive long on our bodies. We don't have anything they need. So start cleaning like a maniac..and avoid birds and nests.. It will get better I promise you.

Mamabird56 said...

How soon can birds be returned to an area sprayed with flying bug spray?

Anonymous said...

We found bird mites after 2 groups of birds built nest in our siding... we started to panic at first, after looking at the "other" site..
we took down the siding and removed ALL of the nests.. there was 3 dead birds in one of the nests, killed by the mites. we then used a pestacide all over the outside soffit, and siding.. we also vaccumed the hell out of the capet, and continued to wipe down all surfaces in the room where we found them... 4 weeks later now. and we have found no signs of the mites... so dont freak out, just clean up the nest, and clean,clean,clean.. they will go away......

Patty said...

Fact.... They can overcome and infest your entire home...

My apartment is living proof...

About a week and a half ago, getting started on deep clean for inspections, I reached over to grab my water bottle and was shocked to find it literally covered in little white see through specks of what could pass for sugar.. Only they were moving..
Then I called the apartment manager and she called pest control. They didn't even know what they were and had to take specimiens for further analysis..

So while I, frantically searched the internet, threw out bag after bag of infested items, tore my kitchen apart, couldn't eat because they were mainly in my kitchen, they "pest control" were having a nice relaxed weeked..

By Tuesday no word back from pest control and a thousand bites and feeling them all over me I called my manager again...

Finally pest control came out to day. They left a nice little note "Found Bird Nest, Removed wax in Vent Pipe For Stove, Insects were Bird Mites..."
Not were, still are. No directions for follow up. And they are still covering my counters, cabnets, floors, my dog and me...

I have big pus filled pimple like sores on my arms head, face, chest and other unmentionables... As of right now I am waiting to find out if I will be going to the hospital for treatment and testing...

Don't believe everything online, but most is based in facts.

alaire73 said...

i have bird mites and guess what they do reproduce on human blood. the fact is they have chosen me as the new host. i would love to hear your explanation to my lesions and hundreds of bites i wake up to everyday. at least the other sites give more info on how to take care of these. this is real. this is real hell. until you have experienced something like this you will never understand. i am not crazy. i know my body and my surroundings. it's been weeks so they would be dead if they did not live on my blood, right? this is scary and people need help. it's not that easy. the pest control around here can't even kill them. this is a very serious matter and shouldn't be taken lightly. i look and feel like one of those birds or rats with their faces eaten off so please enlighten me. i'm sure this won't be posted

Anonymous said...

i went out in my yard today,and trimmed branches off the honeysuckle tree,the branches,some had moldish stuff on it,and other braches where dead and flackey.I have a big bird feeder by the tree and a bird house. i trimmed alot of branches off.I felt itchy and crawley.afterwards I scrubbed my arms.,then took a shower and washed my hair,used tea tree soap and shampoo.my head was itchy and I was scratching all over even after the shower,so I took another shower and washed my hair again,still itched.I felt something crawal on my hair,I started wisking at my hair back and forth.a bug landed on my bed,it was a mite from that tree which was infested with nites from the birds.,The tree some of it was rotted with fungus.I sure didn:t think I would have my face ears private areas itch...I know my immune system is down because of lack of sleep,I am not going near those trees they are infested,,I guess I will have to move the birdfeeder.I even used campofanig"not sure of spelling"I actually have some red on my face...I wish I never trimmed all those branches off that tree,I would,t be in this mess.I am going to try some old bond powder he uses tonight before getting in bed...

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Anonymous said...

I've been fighting this for several months now. I have carpeted floors, etc. Various pesticides, and organic solutions have not worked. I am trying to clean up more, but am not sleeping at night. I was hoping someone here would have a lead on an actual miticide that will kill these bastards. I did try spectra ultra. They seem to only go for myself and my diabetic friend, others not at all. I hate all the horror stories, but I'm hoping there is someone on this list with entymology, or chemical pesticides who can help us all.

Jack said...

My family and I having been living with this nightmare for almost 1.5 years. We have been experiencing lack of sleep and insomnia, the creepy crawly feeling all over your face and skin, especially at night when sleeping. I have verified under a microscope that what I am dealing with are in fact birdmites, the invisible-to-the-naked-eye ones (and not the bird lice).I have read a lot out there on this topic (like birdmites.org)but not one website can tell me one simple product that can get rid of these birdmites once and for all. We have gone through it all from removing nest and birds, fumigation and fogging, blocking eaves in the roofs, re-spraying then again and again...As I am typing right now, I'm feeling them crawl all over my body. All the lotions and oils are all temporary fixes. Can some one out there tell me one simple solution? I have had enough. I feel for anyone out there in this situation, it is just the worst thing. Jay

Anonymous said...

I feel for those of you whose homes, bodies, and lives have been invaded by bird mites. I like the post that reminded to count your blessings, however hard that may be. My story: not so drastic but I'll post in case it helps anyone. I too had a bird nest built under the window A/C in my kids' room, which had been poorly sealed when installed. I thought nothing of it as the birds chirped all summer. Early August: my son pointed out black dots looking like dirt or mildew patches on top of the A/C and on the radiator cover's top which is below the window. Oddly nothing on window sill or sides of A/C. Looking closer, we were mortified to find they were bugs. I had nothing on hand to kill them except glittery body spray...which did the trick, BTW, but the next day more came in; seemed limited to those 2 areas. Not sure if they came in through the inside of the A/C or from around it as it had been so poorly sealed. Did some internet research and I was totally appalled to learn they were bird mites! Never new such a bug existed! 1st chance I had, I got some spray: Garden Safe Brand "Houseplant & Garden Insect Spray: Kills all stages of insects including eggs." Label said it worked on mites. I sprayed all around window and A/C. All bugs died that we could see. We never saw any anywhere else in the room except my son had one on his book and one on his face one day when reading on his bed which was very close to the window. The kids stopped sleeping in the room till we could get the A/C out..which we did with utmost caution (after reading this blog!) Long sleeves, gloves: bagged the front of the A/C, then opened window and all sealing cardboard, rags, tape, etc. plus empty nest got thrown directly out onto the ground. I bagged the back of the A/C and duct taped the 2 bags together so i felt it was sealed enough to bring through the house. It went right outside and is still there! The whole sill got vacuumed then thoroughly sprayed with liquid diluted lysol. Vacuum went right outside too. All rags, gloves, next, sealing materials, vacuum bag, etc. went right into the trash bag and in the garbage can. We showered. I washed our shirts in bleach and bagged the clothes that couldn't get bleached. All bedding got washed too. In all that process I only saw one live mite. I hope we got spared any infestation. So far no itchiness or any odd bug bites (aside from what I hope are regular summer bug bites so I pray that the ordeal is over. We haven't seen any more bugs. But I itch when I think of it! Now I don't think I can trust that A/C; I hate to get rid of it because it is a good A/C, but I crawl when I think it may have bugs inside and I don't know how to clean it of course. Same goes for vacuum, which is still in my garage. With bag changed, can I trust to bring it in my house? Any advice on the appliances is welcome! Good luck to all.

Anonymous said...

It makes sense what someone said earlier, that maybe there are 2 different types of bird mites? Some of these stories are not as drastic and seem people didn't get bites and the bugs were easy to get rid of. Some people seem to be tortured and have the bugs in their homes and bodies like a parasite, unable to find a way to make them go away.

Anonymous said...

I also had a rash and bites and itching. I couldn't see anything. I vacumned, bombed, threw furniture out, had my existing exterminator come in. Nothing worked. After reading all the posts about things like this, I had an animal control company come by to check if there were any animals getting into my attic or nesting on the roof,etc. It cost about $150 (they gave me a discount). It isn't an exterminator, it was an animal control company. They did not find anything. The fireplace was a place a few people they said had had problems with bird's nests.

Next, I called 7 different exterminators who tested my house for free for bugs. Sounds like they all do this. Many have etymologists on staff or send out to another location to test. The only cost to me was buying some paper gluetraps at Lowes. You can even cut them up to make it more efficient and I placed this in almost every room and after about a week they picked them up. Not every company found something so definitely call as many as possible to come out. They found no see ums and thrips coming in from outside. I signed a yearly contract and they sprayed the ENTIRE yard and all through the house along all the baseboards, pipes, etc. They had to come back 2 weeks later and do the house again and along the sides of the house.

I should have done this first instead of enduring all the agony. I also prayed a lot. Anyway, it's been fine now for 3 months. I also make sure we take our shoes off when coming in the house and if my son is out in the yard for while where the woods are and there are no see ums a lot of times I put his clothes right in the laundry room so we aren't bringing a bunch of new things in. Sometimes it just takes getting a bunch of experts to come in and look around and figure out what is wrong. A lot of time they do it for free to try to get your business. I also made appointment times in the morning so they weren't bringing in bugs from their last job! Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

I have spent a few years trying to figure out what is in my house and how to kill them. why is the information so sparse. no official sites are any help, and the posters have bad information all over.
Thankfully there is alittle good information like here and a few places.
I would add that the fact they can live in your car and office lends to the statements that they can reproduce off a human

I would also assume the eggs hatch under the skin so you may be clean for some time and suddenly you feel that old familier twinge.long infestations should have a staggered birth rate so some are allways hatching.

space bags I think may prove a usefull tool. vacumed air out. I think something to poison the little bit of air left would be nice. they do need to breath. possible silca packs to dehydrate the air in the bags too.

I lay towels down every ware I sit or my pet sits so I can toss them in the laundry often and easy.
I call them live bait traps.
there are stray cats outside of my apt I think they are the infected.
I may have to move or eradicate them but will try front line and revolution. I have the black dot variaty they seam to laugh at bug bombs.
This is some kind of horrible curse.
Good luck and love for anyone dealing with this.

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Anonymous said...

Please note that those of you with actual bird mites can find solutions. Please understand that there are many other people who believe they have bird mites but there is another organism out there that causes similar symptoms to bird mites that is infesting houses, makes life impossible and miserable and that isn't being killed by any chemicals or methods. The 'scary' site does contain true stories of what people are going through. It is great that some of you have solutions and thus your problem can end!

For those who do not have birds nests and for whom chemicals do not assist, feel your skin for tiny granules. These white/clear granules are often visable under a microscope and generally look like a blob of jelly. They are not identified by any expert as yet but if this is what we keep finding then perhaps someone will investigate and do something.

Anonymous said...

All you nay Sayers should be ashamed of yourself for propagating false info. Read this pdf on what the real facts are.

http://www.health.sa.gov.au/pehs/PDF-files/ph-factsheet-bird-mites.pdf

You should be soooo ashamed of yourself for scaring people

timetraveler said...

I have had cockatiels for over five years and never had a problem with bird mites until now we moved three years ago to this side suite a new house however they have two cats who always bringing dead birds around and leaving them in the grass on our cement walks I was first bit seven months ago my body is covered from head to toe with scars I went to the doctors and took two bugs I found he looked under a microscope and told me he had never seen these type of bugs before called pest control she came said she could not find anything but suspected bird mites I asked her why am I paying you 95 dollars when you haven't found anything? if you suspect bird mites why did you not look for those this went on for over four months back and forth with little pieces of tape oh I have carpet beetles they don't bite humans and some other beetles i beg her three times to come and deinfest us her answer was I can not de infest what I can not see I said what the hell have I been bringing you and what did you tell they were why can you kill them if they are in are carpet? so into conflict with the goverment I go 7 months later we have to move but no deinfestion what I gave them so much info and pictures of myself and all my bites testimony from to RN'S I use to work with who came over we steam all the walls crevices shampooed the carpets with Virox 5 and still they come back now I don't know what to do to deinest our belongings as we have to be out by the end of the month anybody? have a fix on how to really kill these things I have a new grandaughter who I have only seen a few times out in the open because I will not take this anywhere near her she is only six months old I have thought of just ending it all because I feel like I am fighting a loosing battle thanks
timetraveler

Anonymous said...

Living in Hawaii, my Fiancee and I have had this problem for about a year now. We've gotten bites from our home in East Hawaii 'jungle territory'. We did not know what it was and not having internet, were having a hard time finding any answers. I went to 2 Doctors, 1at Hilo Hospital and the other at a local health agency. My other half went to 3 Doctors (2 in CA). NO ANSWERS!!! One doctor looked at me like I was either on drugs or crazy. My Fiancee was prescribed Pyrethrin cream 5%, which didn't work. We have spent so much time and $ on this...tried everything!No one seemed to know, even though we brought bug specimens to many places. We felt discouraged and couldn't find anything any further. BIG MISTAKE!!! Now a year later after moving out of the house and into another one, with birds running across the roof and having finches visit our bedroom roof and window every morning, (which we thought was cool). Well now we both have went thru the most hellish experience. The other blogs on this website that say this is all crap and scaring people. They need to see it for themselves. We both have scars where these mites have burrowed into our skin and left 1 inch lesions, wart like bumps,(which we believe may be egg sacks)and horrible scarring. Anyway we have tried many cures, oils, creams, d-earth along with showers,washing of clothes and linens, vacuuming, bombing, home and garden sprays. It seemed to keep them at bay for a while but they keep coming back. Recently we have been using Gold Bond Medicated Cream (green bottle). It seems to be working a bit as a barrier, and healer. Starting today,we are using Compound -W on 15 or more 1/4 inch tall wartlike bumps to see if freezing them will help. I value this website and wish I was able to utilize it a year ago. For those who have comments please HELP!!! Those of you that think this is all 'BS' I'm happy that you have not been exposed to this type of infenstation,and recommend that you try going to youtube.com and look for clips under burrowing bugs. Aloha

joolz said...

I am so afraid....I survived a brain tumor and that seems like a walk in the park compared to what I may be facing.
Back in July I felt a crawling sensation on my feet and legs when I sat at my computer, which is located in my bedroom. I also had a few bites on my feet. After having a pest control company out to check for bedbugs and cleaning and steaming my carpet I felt helpless. My symptoms started to change a bit, I now felt a numbness in my feet when I sat at the computer and I also felt different sensations in my face, eyes and sometimes in my head. I went to many doctors, (my blood work came back with a high histamine level and a positive ana, which is auto immune.) Doctors could not find anything wrong, just kept saying I was having an allergic reaction. At this point a friend reminded me that we had a bird that would come at night and attach itself to the siding in the same area as the window to my bedroom(could not figure out how it attached itself.)
That's when I found birdmites.org and I am so so afraid.
The pest control company came back out and we found a soffit that was filled with old nesting material. He said there were no mites in it and he cleaned it out. He keeps insisting that if I had mites I would see them. I have not seen anything. But I can feel someting....it's whispy and sometimes crawly and I feel numbness and other weird sensations. I went to an allergist and he tested me for many things. I came back allergic to mites. He said that the test was not specific for bird mites, but he tested me for dust mites, feather mites and something else. He wants to give me allergy shots.
Sometimes I am convinced that I have bird mites and other times I think....can't be. Look at these university sites that say you can see them and they need a bird to thrive. This has been going on for almost 3 months. Help

Anonymous said...

I am in hell and so upset after reading this site and the other one. I have a 4 month old baby and find mites on me daily. I am so scared for babies safety and am lost. My life has gone from heaven to hell in just one week. I'm limited to what I can do with such a young baby around as I don't want chemicals to harm her. I'm truly upset and feel helpless.

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blau808 said...

Thank you for this information. It helped me clear out the nest that was on my window sill above my air conditioner. Sure enough it was swarming with bird mites. Its only been a week so I still feel the "invisible" crawlies, but hope fully it will go away soon.

Also, I dont see any harm in calling out sites that provide alarmist misinformation. If they are not telling the truth, this should be known. I know www.birdmites.org says they can infest everything in your house and can last for years. This made my girlfriend freak out and want to bub bomb everything. Luckily more research proved these extreme measures to be unnecessary.

Because birdmites.org is the first site that comes up when you google bird mites, it is in my opinion that this site should be edited or shut down to prevent such fearmongering.

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Erika said...

I've visited this site several times as well as many others on parasites, mites, etc. I've been going through this nightmare for 4 months and as soon as I think it's gone or getting better, I get a terrible awakening. At first it was just me breaking out but my 2 kids (6 and 1) were also itching and annoyed. We had a minor rodent issue and one night as I pulled into my driveway, I saw a baby opossum jump into my dryer vent outside the garge door. My husband didn't see or feel anything, he claims. He called me crazy, paranoid, delusional,spoke with my parents about my "erratic" behavior, and tried to take my kids. I had 2 exterminators come and they sprayed the house. After persistent cleaning (alone) I thought they were gone. They weren't. My kids broke out with the red bumps like I told my husband they would if he didn't help us. I took my baby girl to the pediatrician and he said "Looks like you might be right, probably mite bites." Prescribed zyrtec and same for my son. I have lost alot of weight and am around 90 pounds now. My soon to be ex-husband left us two weeks later on New Years Day! Happy New Year! He said no judge will give me custody after Casey Anthony. I have truly never experienced such a painful and horrific situation. The hoplessness and awful loneliness has made me want to take my own life. My whole family thinks I'm crazy or on drugs. No one believes me and they won't try to help us. My husband of 7 years has seen me sobbing and said "You figure it out, I don't really care." My babies are still itching but our rashes have cleared up. Oh yeah, and I lost my job. This nightmare must have an end soon?

Anonymous said...

well to blau808...you should know that they do invade your home and stay as long as they like. my daughter and i have been suffering for over 5 months...i have them in my apartment and she and her husband have them in theyre home. We have contacted the anthomologist at msu only to be told we are probably suffering from something else!!! No one but us seems to get it!!!! These are attacking humans and destroying lives!! Even if I leave here which i am doing as my apartments as nice as they are .....are not doing anything but calling your average pco to come out and put a sticky trap down. I have fresh samples on tape that I took from my face in vinegar to preserve and sending to a few different labs. Im sick of noone knowing or caring about why these attack humans!!!! They dont leave easily. I have sprayed myself and my entire apartment with amonia.....im sure my lungs are shot. They crawl in your eyes, ears mouth and nose, i have managed to keep them mostly out of my face just a bit this alst week. I rub alcohol on my face, but this is just to keep them off. I have no furniture left ....everything in the trash....no clothes one outfit i wash 3 times a day..they are in our cars....home and life!! My computer is wrapped with white trash bags...keyboard etc. I just cant understand how these idiots at the msu lab can tell me that you can just wash off a bird mite with water!!!!!! You would think that the study of these creatures would intrique them and make them famous if they found what kills them! But egos get in the way. Because they dont know....they just tell people they are nuts and sip coffee and get over paid! I have borax all over my floors it looks like it snowed in here....and by the way they dont die in the snow....its cold here and they are here! Im losing it..and so is my daughter......the emergency room dr told us to see a dermotologist....right? like they know anything. There was a women in new york hospitalized with chest pains...in 2008 she was suffering with bird mites..they found them on her and quarentined her. I will google that story...I have read everything on the web ...I even opened my gas stove and wanted to end it all...we have to get angry and wake the world of goofy scientists to look at this and help!!!!!!!!Everyone write to your local newspaper and expose this problem....I use to love birds..i hate them now...and i wont ever have a pet.......we are losing everything...ive lost everything i own....and sleep...idont know what that is anymore.Try typing thru plastic....life is not the same anymore.....Somebody please help.

Anonymous said...

After seeing 9 dr's who were insulting, we finally found a kind dr who told us that we and our house and clothes were being parasited by mites. We still have the infestation but at least found someone who had heard of it so that is encouraging. He proposed repeat ivermectin. (If your dr won't prescribe it, order vectin horse paste on amazon.co.uk). Be careful with this, can be lethal if you take too much or too many times a year. How much you need to take depends on your weight. For the Vectin paste, take a piece as wide as your finger.

And some good news! I know one person who has been cured thanks to frequent hot sauna. Permethrine does not work, any scabies treatments do not work although this resembles scabies (leaves brown spots on skin). I also noticed I have several fatty tumors under the skin. I read someone got rid of the mites by having these tumors removed. I can best feel them with soap in the shower. Also get rid of any irritated bumps inside your nose or ears, and disinfect. Use Hextril mouthwash or sore throat lozenges when they are in your mouth. Camphor and menthol rubs are good for the mody. The ones for horses are the most inexpensive. Antibacterial alcool hand rub is good, rub it in properly. Washing and drying, long term storage do not help. Iron everything just before you wear it. Cheapest and most effective is chlorine baths twice daily, and a good scrub. Iron your sheets every night. Wear rubber gloves when cleaning and when touching clothes you used. If you live in a cold climate, make use of it and put everything outside. Florame spray purifiant bio, is good to spray in the air, gives some relief. Most important is to clean all surfaces of 'dust' every day. These mites look like dust, but bigger and coarser than normal dust. Don't go on psycho drugs, they don't help. Just continue to clean and stay sane. Don't visit friends homes, but keep going to work and keep cleaning you work space. It won't spread to other people unless you have body contact or they touch your clothes or bedclothes. If you are lightly infected it is not likely to spread. Remember to clean the plastic covering of your bed every night before going to bed. And never give up! love to all.

Unknown said...

some thoughts...

i've been getting bitten once or twice a month since july 2011. little red bumps or sometimes they look like flat areas, almost like I scratched or scraped the area. There is a bird nest in the air shaft next to my kitchen window. My landlord is not too concerned even though he witnessed a pco say "I saw a white bug, I'm positive it's not a bedbug; that could be what's biting you". He put down glue traps and I called the Board of Health to come inspect, they could not identify anything. They are going to contact the landlord to get the nest removed and site birdproofed. I'm thinking of buying a humidifier/air purifier, some menthol crystals and some Kleen Green. I already spray myself with Best Yet before I go to bed and am no longer being bitten.

Here are some things I've noticed about different situations on this site:

-It seems like some people haven't even removed the nests from their area! Or maybe there are more they haven't seen...I live in San Francisco, we don't have alot of wildlife here...

-Do most people have air conditioners or heating systems? We also do not have alot of these in San Francisco! I'm hoping this is to my advantage...maybe try not using your air conditioner or heating system for a period of time (spring, summer) - I used to live in Illinois so I know that can suck but I've lived in apartments with no a/c there...

-I think using too many chemicals does not help our ecosystem in general...

-Neither does being on speed or hating bugs. I'm granting forgiveness to all the bugs for just doing what they're doing. I am not a hippie by any means but this calls for extreme measures...it's funny though, since reading these sites the creepy crawly feeling has increased! thank god i haven't felt them in my nose, ears or eyes.

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G said...

It's simple: you're an idiot. I've got bird mites and they are more than happy to eat me, eat me alive.
They are tenacious, resilient & so far unstoppable.
Luckily at the moment they are keyed to me alone, but my daughter was just bitten - my worst nightmare is they finally figure out that she & my wife are just as tasty.
Check out birdmites.org for a sample of what some people go through. It's terrifying.

Anonymous said...

I have been battling the bugs for six months and my house is very porous. They started right after the earthquake which opened up a lot of entrances to my house. I caulked around the doors and windows. Other things that worked to make it less but not gone yet is: trimmed branches away from the house to let more sunlight in (mites don't like UV), bagged all paper, clothing, carpets, curtains, anything cotton (they breed in it) and electronics (yes, they like the warmth during the winter months), used lemon juice 50/50 with water to rinse the bugs off my scalp, cut my hair short so I could get at the bugs, used gold bond foot powder (green bottle) in the bed to keep out the bugs, lotion containing dimethicone and hair products that contain it (suffocates the bastards), used the hair dryer on my hair for extended periods of time and on fabric, used Arid Xtra dry which kills them in my clothes, used cedar balls and hangers in closets and drawers, ate garlic and took probiotics and used invermectin to kill the internal ones, went to the pool and used the hand dryers on my hair (the exercise is good for your state of mind as well), Ortho Home Defense Max interior, exterior and my car, antibiotic ointment on the bites on my head, sulfur 8 shampoo, coal tar shampoo which you can leave on for an hour and rinse off, lint rollers on fabric and bed cover, windex and lysol spray in my office, swiffle sheets on ceiling (like ticks they like to drop on you) and floors daily (the little suckers get stuck in them), bagging laundry if you can't wash immediately, keeping the bed away from the wall, and Hawaiian Tropic dark tanning oil on my body after showering.

Anonymous said...

I have been battling the bugs for six months and my house is very porous. They started right after the earthquake which opened up a lot of entrances to my house. I caulked around the doors and windows. Other things that worked to make it less but not gone yet is: trimmed branches away from the house to let more sunlight in (mites don't like UV), bagged all paper, clothing, carpets, curtains, anything cotton (they breed in it) and electronics (yes, they like the warmth during the winter months), used lemon juice 50/50 with water to rinse the bugs off my scalp, cut my hair short so I could get at the bugs, used gold bond foot powder (green bottle) in the bed to keep out the bugs, lotion containing dimethicone and hair products that contain it (suffocates the bastards), used the hair dryer on my hair for extended periods of time and on fabric, used Arid Xtra dry which kills them in my clothes, used cedar balls and hangers in closets and drawers, ate garlic and took probiotics and used invermectin to kill the internal ones, went to the pool and used the hand dryers on my hair (the exercise is good for your state of mind as well), Ortho Home Defense Max interior, exterior and my car, antibiotic ointment on the bites on my head, sulfur 8 shampoo, coal tar shampoo which you can leave on for an hour and rinse off, lint rollers on fabric and bed cover, windex and lysol spray in my office, swiffle sheets on ceiling (like ticks they like to drop on you) and floors daily (the little suckers get stuck in them), bagging laundry if you can't wash immediately, keeping the bed away from the wall, and Hawaiian Tropic dark tanning oil on my body after showering.

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remoteportal said...

This site is very helpful--thank you!

We live in Charlotte, North Carolina and have had a birds' nest in our vent that goes to our upstairs' bathroom fan. I just pulled out half the nest... the other half is so deep I can't pull it out. I sealed off the outside hole with a standard vent thing with a flag and more importantly a wide 1/2" grill so birds can't get in anymore.

The nest has been there for over a year. No symptoms (yet).

Some questions:
1. What percentage of birds have mites? In other words, how concerned should I be?

2. Should I call out a professional immediately (just in case)? To (1) clean out all the way (2) Spray with miticide?

3. Since birds are gone now... how long would it take for mites to migrate the 20' to our bathroom?

4. Should I seal the bathroom vent with tape just in case?

Pete

Anonymous said...

We are just getting over an infestation in our 6,500 sq foot home. CALL A PROFESSIONAL. We have spent over $4,000 now getting rid of the mites that have made our lives HELL. I was the only one getting bitten and they made it impossible for me to sleep. We had the extermiantor here 3 times, he took out the last nest and did it the right way. Our roof is slate and has dormers that had pigeons nesting on them. Our roofer had to come out with his boom to get up there and they wore hazmat suits. I would be VERY concerned and hope you called someone in already. We created our own problem initially by taking down ivy from the side of our house where there were literally hundreds of birds nesting...birds were gone, mites stayed. We have been in our house for over 11 years and NEVER had a problem until we started messing around with moving stuff. Good luck. Our local paper did a front page story on our living hell,please heed advice and don't touch it yourselves.

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Anonymous said...

I have had some success with the following:
plastic cover on the mattress & pillow, changing bedding every other day, bathing 2X daily, bathing in 1 c. bleach in water (rarely) when desperate, but more regularly in combination of epsom salts, borax, Dawn dishwashing liquid and OxiClean oxygen bleach. Don't combine regular bleach with the OxiClean. Using a Scotchbrite sponge in the bath to scrub them off me.
Putting all clothing in individual plastic bags with mothballs in them. Borax, Trisodium Phospate (TSP) and 1 c. Pine Sol in the laundry.
Used PCO 4x, still have mites, although PCO spraying gave me some relief from the total infestation. Using menthol crystals, in home and car. Steaming the carpets, steaming auto upholtery. Weekly vacuuming of car, daily vacuuming of home. Special attention to cleaning the bathroom, especially the shower stall--they breed in there. Sweep the bathroom floor in morning before walking in there, and vacuuming the bathroom floor at night before bathing. Daily steam ironing of everything before I wear it. I just got the Kleen Free yesterday--will try it. It is really expensive though. Have had the mites for 8 months. A little better than it was once I realized what they were. Also had the same awful experiences with doctors--discounted, dismissed, told I was crazy, prescribed antipsychotics--of course I did not take them. Most helpful was PCO. Now I apply my own Nylar--also effective. I burn incense when I am home, and I use plug-in air fresheners. MOST HELPFUL: get some P73 Oreganol (concentrated oregano oil from the Mediterranean) & put 3-4 drops under the tongue. The mites really stopped biting me at night when I did that just before bed.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I lived in Singapore blissfully for 2 years until we moved into landed property at 50 Faber Avenue, Clementi, the next 2 years were a living hell. The gardener one day told us we had bird mites and the previous 3 tenants had left because of the house being infested ... greedy landlord syndrome ensuring we were signed up for a 2 year lease with penalties and we had no warning as to what was to come next. We spent thousands of Singapore dollars having the property sprayed … never seen this before la said the landlord, we threw away thousands of dollars of furniture, bedding etc to try and get our lives back again but the problem persisted relentlessly. Our pets had to go next which broke my wife’s heart. We had sleepless nights that almost drove us crazy, as soon as dusk set in the haze appeared around our faces which would drive us mad until dawn. After 2 years of what I would describe as a living hell and washing day and night in my-lice’s shampoo my contract was over and I thought hallelujah time to go back to the UK and leave these creations from hell behind us. Tickets booked and dreaming of a full nights sleep again we decided to dump all our belongings and take nothing to the UK but the clothes on our back and a suitcase of clothes to change in to during the 27 hour journey home. The first sign of trouble was soon evident not being enable to sleep on the plane home as the crawling sensation in our clothes kept us awake during the journey, the next sign of trouble was that our house in the UK became infested through our clothes and was soon as bad as the one we had recently left in Singapore. For the next 2 years it was ground hog day again but in a different country, we threw furniture out, burned clothes, washed in chemicals but to no avail, in winter the lice’s slowed down but just when we thought bingo the little devils are dying, as soon as a hot summers day came it was sheer hell again. We are now engaging with another pest control company to come on in and try something different !!!!!

Anonymous said...

My wife and I lived in Singapore blissfully for 2 years until we moved into landed property at 50 Faber Avenue, Clementi, the next 2 years were a living hell. The gardener one day told us we had bird mites and the previous 3 tenants had left because of the house being infested ... greedy landlord syndrome ensuring we were signed up for a 2 year lease with penalties and we had no warning as to what was to come next. We spent thousands of Singapore dollars having the property sprayed … never seen this before la said the landlord, we threw away thousands of dollars of furniture, bedding etc to try and get our lives back again but the problem persisted relentlessly. Our pets had to go next which broke my wife’s heart. We had sleepless nights that almost drove us crazy, as soon as dusk set in the haze appeared around our faces which would drive us mad until dawn. After 2 years of what I would describe as a living hell and washing day and night in my-lice’s shampoo my contract was over and I thought hallelujah time to go back to the UK and leave these creations from hell behind us. Tickets booked and dreaming of a full nights sleep again we decided to dump all our belongings and take nothing to the UK but the clothes on our back and a suitcase of clothes to change in to during the 27 hour journey home. The first sign of trouble was soon evident not being enable to sleep on the plane home as the crawling sensation in our clothes kept us awake during the journey, the next sign of trouble was that our house in the UK became infested through our clothes and was soon as bad as the one we had recently left in Singapore. For the next 2 years it was ground hog day again but in a different country, we threw furniture out, burned clothes, washed in chemicals but to no avail, in winter the lice’s slowed down but just when we thought bingo the little devils are dying, as soon as a hot summers day came it was sheer hell again. We are now engaging with another pest control company to come on in and try something different !!!!!

Anonymous said...

My wife and I lived in Singapore blissfully for 2 years until we moved into landed property at 50 Faber Avenue, Clementi, the next 2 years were a living hell. The gardener one day told us we had bird mites and the previous 3 tenants had left because of the house being infested ... greedy landlord syndrome ensuring we were signed up for a 2 year lease with penalties and we had no warning as to what was to come next. We spent thousands of Singapore dollars having the property sprayed … never seen this before la said the landlord, we threw away thousands of dollars of furniture, bedding etc to try and get our lives back again but the problem persisted relentlessly. Our pets had to go next which broke my wife’s heart. We had sleepless nights that almost drove us crazy, as soon as dusk set in the haze appeared around our faces which would drive us mad until dawn. After 2 years of what I would describe as a living hell and washing day and night in my-lice’s shampoo my contract was over and I thought hallelujah time to go back to the UK and leave these creations from hell behind us. Tickets booked and dreaming of a full nights sleep again we decided to dump all our belongings and take nothing to the UK but the clothes on our back and a suitcase of clothes to change in to during the 27 hour journey home. The first sign of trouble was soon evident not being enable to sleep on the plane home as the crawling sensation in our clothes kept us awake during the journey, the next sign of trouble was that our house in the UK became infested through our clothes and was soon as bad as the one we had recently left in Singapore. For the next 2 years it was ground hog day again but in a different country, we threw furniture out, burned clothes, washed in chemicals but to no avail, in winter the lice’s slowed down but just when we thought bingo the little devils are dying, as soon as a hot summers day came it was sheer hell again. We are now engaging with another pest control company to come on in and try something different !!!!!

Anonymous said...

My wife and I lived in Singapore blissfully for 2 years until we moved into landed property at 50 Faber Avenue, Clementi, the next 2 years were a living hell. The gardener one day told us we had bird mites and the previous 3 tenants had left because of the house being infested ... greedy landlord syndrome ensuring we were signed up for a 2 year lease with penalties and we had no warning as to what was to come next. We spent thousands of Singapore dollars having the property sprayed … never seen this before la said the landlord, we threw away thousands of dollars of furniture, bedding etc to try and get our lives back again but the problem persisted relentlessly. Our pets had to go next which broke my wife’s heart. We had sleepless nights that almost drove us crazy, as soon as dusk set in the haze appeared around our faces which would drive us mad until dawn. After 2 years of what I would describe as a living hell and washing day and night in my-lice’s shampoo my contract was over and I thought hallelujah time to go back to the UK and leave these creations from hell behind us. Tickets booked and dreaming of a full nights sleep again we decided to dump all our belongings and take nothing to the UK but the clothes on our back and a suitcase of clothes to change in to during the 27 hour journey home. The first sign of trouble was soon evident not being enable to sleep on the plane home as the crawling sensation in our clothes kept us awake during the journey, the next sign of trouble was that our house in the UK became infested through our clothes and was soon as bad as the one we had recently left in Singapore. For the next 2 years it was ground hog day again but in a different country, we threw furniture out, burned clothes, washed in chemicals but to no avail, in winter the lice’s slowed down but just when we thought bingo the little devils are dying, as soon as a hot summers day came it was sheer hell again. We are now engaging with another pest control company to come on in and try something different !!!!!

Anonymous said...

My wife and I lived in Singapore blissfully for 2 years until we moved into landed property at 50 Faber Avenue, Clementi, the next 2 years were a living hell. The gardener one day told us we had bird mites and the previous 3 tenants had left because of the house being infested ... greedy landlord syndrome ensuring we were signed up for a 2 year lease with penalties and we had no warning as to what was to come next. We spent thousands of Singapore dollars having the property sprayed … never seen this before la said the landlord, we threw away thousands of dollars of furniture, bedding etc to try and get our lives back again but the problem persisted relentlessly. Our pets had to go next which broke my wife’s heart. We had sleepless nights that almost drove us crazy, as soon as dusk set in the haze appeared around our faces which would drive us mad until dawn. After 2 years of what I would describe as a living hell and washing day and night in my-lice’s shampoo my contract was over and I thought hallelujah time to go back to the UK and leave these creations from hell behind us. Tickets booked and dreaming of a full nights sleep again we decided to dump all our belongings and take nothing to the UK but the clothes on our back and a suitcase of clothes to change in to during the 27 hour journey home. The first sign of trouble was soon evident not being enable to sleep on the plane home as the crawling sensation in our clothes kept us awake during the journey, the next sign of trouble was that our house in the UK became infested through our clothes and was soon as bad as the one we had recently left in Singapore. For the next 2 years it was ground hog day again but in a different country, we threw furniture out, burned clothes, washed in chemicals but to no avail, in winter the lice’s slowed down but just when we thought bingo the little devils are dying, as soon as a hot summers day came it was sheer hell again. We are now engaging with another pest control company to come on in and try something different !!!!!

Anonymous said...

My wife and I lived in Singapore blissfully for 2 years until we moved into landed property at 50 Faber Avenue, Clementi, the next 2 years were a living hell. The gardener one day told us we had bird mites and the previous 3 tenants had left because of the house being infested ... greedy landlord syndrome ensuring we were signed up for a 2 year lease with penalties and we had no warning as to what was to come next. We spent thousands of Singapore dollars having the property sprayed … never seen this before la said the landlord, we threw away thousands of dollars of furniture, bedding etc to try and get our lives back again but the problem persisted relentlessly. Our pets had to go next which broke my wife’s heart. We had sleepless nights that almost drove us crazy, as soon as dusk set in the haze appeared around our faces which would drive us mad until dawn. After 2 years of what I would describe as a living hell and washing day and night in my-lice’s shampoo my contract was over and I thought hallelujah time to go back to the UK and leave these creations from hell behind us. Tickets booked and dreaming of a full nights sleep again we decided to dump all our belongings and take nothing to the UK but the clothes on our back and a suitcase of clothes to change in to during the 27 hour journey home. The first sign of trouble was soon evident not being enable to sleep on the plane home as the crawling sensation in our clothes kept us awake during the journey, the next sign of trouble was that our house in the UK became infested through our clothes and was soon as bad as the one we had recently left in Singapore. For the next 2 years it was ground hog day again but in a different country, we threw furniture out, burned clothes, washed in chemicals but to no avail, in winter the lice’s slowed down but just when we thought bingo the little devils are dying, as soon as a hot summers day came it was sheer hell again. We are now engaging with another pest control company to come on in and try something different !!!!!

Anonymous said...

My wife and I lived in Singapore blissfully for 2 years until we moved into landed property at 50 Faber Avenue, Clementi, the next 2 years were a living hell. The gardener one day told us we had bird mites and the previous 3 tenants had left because of the house being infested ... greedy landlord syndrome ensuring we were signed up for a 2 year lease with penalties and we had no warning as to what was to come next. We spent thousands of Singapore dollars having the property sprayed … never seen this before la said the landlord, we threw away thousands of dollars of furniture, bedding etc to try and get our lives back again but the problem persisted relentlessly. Our pets had to go next which broke my wife’s heart. We had sleepless nights that almost drove us crazy, as soon as dusk set in the haze appeared around our faces which would drive us mad until dawn. After 2 years of what I would describe as a living hell and washing day and night in my-lice’s shampoo my contract was over and I thought hallelujah time to go back to the UK and leave these creations from hell behind us. Tickets booked and dreaming of a full nights sleep again we decided to dump all our belongings and take nothing to the UK but the clothes on our back and a suitcase of clothes to change in to during the 27 hour journey home. The first sign of trouble was soon evident not being enable to sleep on the plane home as the crawling sensation in our clothes kept us awake during the journey, the next sign of trouble was that our house in the UK became infested through our clothes and was soon as bad as the one we had recently left in Singapore. For the next 2 years it was ground hog day again but in a different country, we threw furniture out, burned clothes, washed in chemicals but to no avail, in winter the lice’s slowed down but just when we thought bingo the little devils are dying, as soon as a hot summers day came it was sheer hell again. We are now engaging with another pest control company to come on in and try something different !!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am dealing with probable bird of rodent bites and going crazy and yes not about to commit suicide but not sleeping or eating well and not enjoying life. I think it is true they prefer people with comprised immune systems and candida or fungus.

For the person that mentioned blood type my blood type is A.

I am a renter & live above a garage with rodents in it and have bats in the walls. Wish I could move.

I can't be around chemicals so was wondering if anyone tried Eco-smart sprays yet. One PCO uses it inside around the perimeter for mites and outside around the exterior. They don't come to my area and so don't have anyone yet to help with this because my local PCO was beyond lousy.

I really need help so I don't go off the edge of the planet. No one understands how hard this situation is. Do humidifiers really work? Any certain brands?

Thank you for any and all help.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I went through an ordeal myself about 4 years ago. Because an empty nest under my bedroom window. My window blind was crawling itself from the black specks. It took me every day vacuuming, rubbing alcohol flowing like a waterfall down on my furniture and window and carpet soaking from it. My bed had double sided tapes all around and made sure at night my quilt did not hang over. Non-stop showers and hair washing with neem soap and shampoo and before bed neem oil on my whole body. I tell you it was really tiring all to do is this and I even ruined my furniture and my bedding using hot water only.
Local entomologist told me building manager that these bird mites do not feed on human blood but me and my husband were the living example of it and I can say we had caught it on time not like some ppl. Thank god my cat did not get it.
So the bottom line I am so "lucky" that I have them again and I tell you those cute little birds freaking me out now. I do feel sorry for them to go through all this too. I so loved to look at singing birds but now I will be keeping my distance from them in the future!
I just found a site however that is called http://www.cedarcidestore.com/ worst case scenario I will use their pesticides for control. The ones mentioned in that article on the Pennsylvania University site are carcinogen but also deadly to pets even in small dose and not safe for children either.

nd said...

hi I just moved in to a new home befor we moved in there were about 6 or more swallow nest around the house we had the house presure washed and all the nests feel to the ground. it has been a week and I went out my front door and saw lots of these tiny little mites, and thought it is because they didnt pick up the old bird nest on the floor. I moved them around the house. will they go away I have three kids really scared

nd said...

hi I just moved in to a new home befor we moved in there were about 6 or more swallow nest around the house we had the house presure washed and all the nests feel to the ground. it has been a week and I went out my front door and saw lots of these tiny little mites, and thought it is because they didnt pick up the old bird nest on the floor. I moved them around the house. will they go away I have three kids really scared

nd said...

hi I just moved in to a new home befor we moved in there were about 6 or more swallow nest around the house we had the house presure washed and all the nests feel to the ground. it has been a week and I went out my front door and saw lots of these tiny little mites, and thought it is because they didnt pick up the old bird nest on the floor. I moved them around the house. will they go away I have three kids really scared

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Thanks this is really good info cause my dad has bedbugs and I slept at his house ajd my dad been spraying the room but didnt throw away the bed and I slet on it and I hav a billion bite marks on my arm and this info is helping me a lot thank u
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Anonymous said...

I feel for each of you and pray my post finds you all mite free now. However, for those afflicted with this horrific nightmare, Id love to share how I rid our home of these hell sent creatures! I cannot tell you if they do breed off of humans or if you feel this way due to how fast they accumulated/bred in the first place. And I cannot tell you that just ONE thing worked within our home, instead the list of things I did over TIME did eradicate these things. Clearly first things first, find the source and wearing gloves, carefully remove, tie tightly in a garbage bag sealing any and all exits. Then my husband sprayed the outside of our home using the yard spray "Ortho Home Defense" ...you know the kind that attaches to a water house? He sprayed down EVERY surface of structure outside while I used the "Ortho Home Defense" spray for indoors. (Found at Lowes and Walmart) Then I scrubbed and scrubbed our entire home, before vacuuming I added some DE powder to the bag. Once finished, I disposed of that vacuum bag in same fashion has the nest. Cleaned floors with windex. Added windex to our carpet cleaner with the cleaner and cleaned all carpets, furniture, ect. Added borax to our laundry detergent, never leaving dirty clothes just laying around. Showered morning and night using Dawn from hair to toes, followed by head & shoulders. Oh and I cleaned our tub on a daily basis using scrubbing bubbles (allowing to sit for several minutes). After my carpets and furniture dried, I used can of carpet flea spray with IGR (growth regulator) on our furniture and carpets. Every week the amount of bites and creepy crawlies got fewer and fewer until finally they were completely gone. I will never forget the day, I felt "the explosion" of bugs crawling all over me. Feeling them in my hair, seeing the white puffs in our hair, the nights of crying and feeling I just couldnt take it any longer. Oh and dont forget to clean/treat your cars! Yup they get in there too.
I had found myself sinking further and further into depression. Withdrawaling from life for fear of giving these to others. Being a stay at home mother of school aged children, I was literally ALWAYS being eaten alive. But I prayed, then got angry that I was allowing a BUG to beat me out of my life. And then came my plan to succeed. I began taking vitamin B complex supplements, eating better and healthier with less carbs and sugars, drank more water, and arsenoled myself with the Ortho products ect....and now am that happy go lucky person I had once been. (Just smarter and more aware ) Its been over a year for us, and I do continue to use the Ortho products as labeled, I mean, why not? If ever again a bug tries to invade my home, I have a line of defense set right into place before I ever know! I wish you all the best of luck, and pray you do not let the despair get the best of you. You can do this! Dont give up and give it time needed. (((Hugs for you on your journey)))

Dayze Y said...

SUPPRISING NEW CURE TO KILL BIRD MITES....CLEAR WHITE VINEGAR FULL STRENGTH...
My sister got them from a patient when she worked at parkland when she picked up the patient’s gown to put into the hamper.

My sister suffered 5 years and poisoned herself horribly with chemicals trying to get rid of them.

She and her 25 year old son became recluses trying not to give them to anyone else.

She has horrible purple scars all over her.
We tried to get the University of Texas to find a way to cure them but their response was she needed a psychiatrist, that mites didn’t bore, and bird mites didn’t come on humans..

Well now we know years later….they do…
and they do bore….
and since chickens are sprayed each week, these things have mutated and become immune to the spray, and they now bore.

Well she found just a few days ago….a cure…
Someone had suggested she use white vinegar for another type of bug…and when she sprayed white vinegar on them, she found it killed the mites within 30 minutes!!!

She sprayed her bedding and it killed them in about 30 minutes.
She sprayed her couches and then carpet and it killed the mites.
She sprayed her car and it killed them in her car.

She then thought about herself, so she sprayed full strength on her leg where they bored into her skin.

Where she had sprayed, it killed them in about 30 minutes.
She sprayed another place and it killed them.
EVEN WHERE THEY WERE BORED INTO HER SKIN WHERE THESE LITTLE MOUNDS UNDER THE SKIN WERE.

She sprayed her whole body, and it killed them.

This woman has lost everything!!! so much money spent to kill these horrible monsters over the past 5 years.
Now she can have a life!!!

The Romans used VINEGAR to clean and disinfect everything.
They even put it on wounds, and drank some in water to kill intestinal parasites, washed their hair with it to make it shiny and smooth.
So many uses they used, plus so many years other countries used VINEGAR for so much.
WE GREW UP USING VINEGAR AND SALT WHEN WE DYED THINGS TO SEAL THE COLOR INTO THE CLOTH OR ITEM.

My mother used it with honey for arthritis and kidney pains.

God created everything to help us, the old standby healthy things.

Now this world wide plague has a cure.
spray your yard, patio, whole house around it, and inside and out.
SPRAY ANY BIRD HOUSE YOU HAVE AROUND YOUR HOUSE,
Clean inside of drawers and refrigerator.

Bird mites go to heat, AND LIKE FIRE ANTS, THEY GO TO THE ELECTRICAL WIRES, BECAUSE THAT FEQUENCY ATTRACTS THEM, so they will have gone to your bedrooms, as well as kitchen areas, TV areas, and any electrical machine that is warmer than the rest of the areas.
OUTSIDE THEY WILL GO TO AIR CONDITIONERS AND POOL PUMPS.

I HAVE HAD FIRE ANTS BUILD NESTS UP AND AROUND ELECTRICAL ITEMS AND EAT WIRES THROUGH ON MY POOL PUMP AS WELL AS MY AIR CONDITIONERS.

The clear vinegar smell goes away soon, so use it full strength, the dark brown vinegar can stain and the smell stays a long time.

HEY GUYS!!!!
THIS IS A THOUGHT….TRY THAT VINEGAR ON FIRE ANTS TOO!!!
IT MIGHT WORK!!!

Dayze Y said...

JUST FOUND A CURE TO KILL BIRD MITES..NATURALLY...
WHITE VINEGAR.....FULL STRENGTH...
My sister got them from a patient when she worked at parkland when she picked up the patient’s gown to put into the hamper.

My sister suffered 5 years and poisoned herself horribly with chemicals trying to get rid of them.

She and her 25 year old son became recluses trying not to give them to anyone else.

She has horrible purple scars all over her.
We tried to get the University of Texas to find a way to cure them but their response was she needed a psychiatrist, that mites didn’t bore, and bird mites didn’t come on humans..

Well now we know years later….they do…
and they do bore….
and since chickens are sprayed each week, these things have mutated and become immune to the spray, and they now bore.

Well she found just a few days ago….a cure…
Someone had suggested she use white vinegar for another type of bug…and when she sprayed white vinegar on them, she found it killed the mites within 30 minutes!!!

She sprayed her bedding and it killed them in about 30 minutes.
She sprayed her couches and then carpet and it killed the mites.
She sprayed her car and it killed them in her car.

She then thought about herself, so she sprayed full strength on her leg where they bored into her skin.

Where she had sprayed, it killed them in about 30 minutes.
She sprayed another place and it killed them.
EVEN WHERE THEY WERE BORED INTO HER SKIN WHERE THESE LITTLE MOUNDS UNDER THE SKIN WERE.

She sprayed her whole body, and it killed them.

This woman has lost everything!!! so much money spent to kill these horrible monsters over the past 5 years.
Now she can have a life!!!

The Romans used VINEGAR to clean and disinfect everything.
They even put it on wounds, and drank some in water to kill intestinal parasites, washed their hair with it to make it shiny and smooth.
So many uses they used, plus so many years other countries used VINEGAR for so much.
WE GREW UP USING VINEGAR AND SALT WHEN WE DYED THINGS TO SEAL THE COLOR INTO THE CLOTH OR ITEM.

My mother used it with honey for arthritis and kidney pains.

God created everything to help us, the old standby healthy things.

Now this world wide plague has a cure.
spray your yard, patio, whole house around it, and inside and out.
SPRAY ANY BIRD HOUSE YOU HAVE AROUND YOUR HOUSE,
Clean inside of drawers and refrigerator.

Bird mites go to heat, AND LIKE FIRE ANTS, THEY GO TO THE ELECTRICAL WIRES, BECAUSE THAT FEQUENCY ATTRACTS THEM, so they will have gone to your bedrooms, as well as kitchen areas, TV areas, and any electrical machine that is warmer than the rest of the areas.
OUTSIDE THEY WILL GO TO AIR CONDITIONERS AND POOL PUMPS.

I HAVE HAD FIRE ANTS BUILD NESTS UP AND AROUND ELECTRICAL ITEMS AND EAT WIRES THROUGH ON MY POOL PUMP AS WELL AS MY AIR CONDITIONERS.
The clear vinegar smell goes away soon, so use it full strength, the dark brown vinegar can stain and the smell stays a long time.

HEY GUYS!!!!
THIS IS A THOUGHT….TRY THAT VINEGAR ON FIRE ANTS TOO!!!
IT MIGHT WORK!!!

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Anonymous said...

I like the idea of the white vinegar...I use it to clean everything as well, sometime putting a splash in a soapy water bucket for floors and full strength to wipe down door knobs as I own a Bed & Breakfast. Last year the chicken mites got in the house and I went to Tractor Supply and got about 9 cans of their lice & mite powder. I dusted every last bird (by catching them all first and putting them into my orange carrying chickens crates and releasing them once they were rubbed all over with powder - takes 2 people to do this). Then I planned a day and a half when no one would be home and powdered my living quarters including floors, couches, and chairs. I did not get into cabinets or behind anything. I left for the two days, came home and vacumned it all up, washed everthing with the white vinegar & water solution, changing the water several times and they were gone. Hope this helps. I initially also bombed with store-bought fumigants and they did nothing. Stick with the mite insecticide over the counter and white vinegar. Sorry people have run up against brick walls with this.

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dev smith said...

hi I just moved in to a new home befor we moved in there were about 6 or more swallow nest around the house we had the house presure washed and all the nests feel to the ground. it has been a week and I went out my front door and saw a lot of these small small mites, and thought it is because they didnt pick up the old bird nest on the floor. I moved them around the house. will they go away I have three minors really terrified
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dev smith said...

cheers so much for posting this. We just found them in our house (coming in through windowsills underneath where a nest had been built into an open soffit) and I found the "scary" site you're talking about and had a mental breakdown. I'm not kidding.
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