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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


  • Body: Bird mites are small, semitransparent, and ovoid in shape. They have hairs on their bodies.

  • Legs: These pests have eight legs.


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.


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

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