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Bird Mite Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from bird mites by learning techniques for identification and control.

Bird Mite Illustration
Ornithonyssus spp.
Small & semitransparent
Ovoid shape
Hairy body
8 legs


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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Bird Mites

What do bird mites 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 long can bird mites live without a host?

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 bird mites come from?

Infestations tend to occur during the spring and early summer, when bird nests are plentiful. Bird mites, also called chicken 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

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Treating Bird Mites

Bird mites usually inhabit farms and poultry houses. It is recommended to treat for these places for bird mites twice a year to avoid infestation.

Bird Mite Removal

Bird mites can dangerous for poultry and pest birds. A pest control professional can help decide the best way to get rid of bird mites in nests and other affected areas.

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