Bird Mites

Facts, Identification & Control


What Do They Look Like?
  • Body: Bird mites are small, semitransparent, and ovoid in shape. They have hairs on their bodies.
  • Legs: These pests have eight legs.

How Did I Get Bird Mites?

Properties with a bird mite problem likely have conditions that support birds, including accessible water, roosting spots, and plenty of insects or other sources of food. When bird pests nest in trees, on home exteriors, or inside attics and wall voids, their parasitic mites move in with them.

Bird mites infest:

How Serious Are Bird Mites?

Bird mite populations are extremely destructive and grow rapidly; eggs hatch in some species after three days and mature into adults within another five.

Do They Bite Humans?

These pests are not parasites of humans in the long-term and can bite people if their preferred hosts are no longer available. Although bird mites rarely cause more than slight skin irritation in humans, they pose great danger to a variety of birds, including pet birds and poultry.

How Do I Get Rid of Bird Mites?

What Orkin Does

To eradicate a bird mite population from the home, it is necessary to locate their breeding and nesting sites. All state and government regulations must be followed, since certain bird species may be protected. Specific pesticides, applied according to the label and regulations, can then be applied in the nesting area in order to prevent future infestations.

Behaviors & Habitat

Infestations may thrive for some time prior to identification.

Although some bird mites are not selective in choosing a bird host, they remain loyal to and often spend their entire lives on the host they do choose. If a host dies, thousands of mites migrate in search of a new host.

Where Do They Live?

Infestations tend to occur during the spring and early summer, when bird nests are plentiful. Bird mites often reside within the nests of their hosts. These nests are commonly found in:

  • Chimneys
  • Eaves
  • Roof spaces
  • Small cracks or cavities in walls
  • Window ledges