Have you got what appears to be a mosquito bite that just won’t heal? It could be that it is actually a bird mite bite. These bites are similar to that of a mosquito and have a bullseye appearance with a raised and reddened centre.
Bird mites are tiny little creatures that can invade your home in the late spring and summer. The reason a bird mite decides to call your home theirs is usually because the nest they were living in has since been vacated by their hosts–the birds.
You may also get an unwelcome visit from bird mites if infested second-hand furniture and the like is introduced into your home. They do prefer soft fabrics as opposed to leather and vinyl.
Whilst their first target is to be where their new host–you–might be, such as the bedroom or the bathroom, they can quickly multiply and take up residence throughout your home.
Due to their love of soft furnishings, you can expect them to make their homes in carpets, bedding, upholstered furniture, clothing, and wardrobes.
Prevention is the Best Cure
For the most effective bird control, prevention is always the best solution. It may be nice to have a bird house or even a bird feeder in the garden, but this is an open invitation for infestation.
We are not saying to not be kind or loving to nature, just place these items well away from your home or where your pets might laze to ensure these mites are not unknowingly transferred indoors.
Here at Bob Gunn Termite Solutions, we recommend a good preventative measure to keep tree limbs and shrubs trimmed away from your home. Be wary of birds nesting in or around the home and its eaves or under window air conditioners and the like.
If you find an empty nest either around the home or under your air conditioner, wear gloves when removing it from your property.
As we mentioned previously, these mites are tiny. The first signs you will have that these are on your person is when you start to itch or get a twitchy nose. So be aware.
Bird Mite Treatment
A chronic infestation could entail major treatment such as tenting and fumigating, which can run into the thousands. Should you find that you have an infestation, it is best to move quickly with arranging treatment.
When acted upon quickly this issue can be resolved quite effectively. Be prepared to possibly endure a second treatment 7-10 days after the first, to stop the cycle of this pest.
For more information or if you want to arrange an inspection, please contact us right away.