Bird mites are microscopic parasites that can infest birds such as pigeons, chickens, robins and sparrows, and that can transfer hosts to human or pets. Bird mites bite the skin, causing itching sensations and rashes. Bird mites multiply quickly, particularly in humid conditions, and gravitate toward areas of a home that collect moisture. Ridding a home of a bird mite infestation is a difficult task, as bird mites are resistant to a number of insecticides and can infest carpet, bedding and upholstery. Using a professional exterminator who is adept at treating and controlling bird mites provides a long-term solution.
Wear protective gloves and a face mask. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Get your shovel and multiple plastic bags.
Look around the exterior of your home for dead birds or nests, particularly under windows, air conditioners and trees.
Double-bag and throw away bird feeders and bird nests that attract birds to your property. Pick up dead birds with a shovel. Discard dead birds and empty nests in resealable plastic bags. Place the dead birds and nests in another resealable plastic bag to prevent mites from getting out, and to reduce odors.
Rinse your shovel in warm, soapy water. Remove your clothing before entering the interior of your home, then wash your clothing. Clean your hands with warm water and anti-bacterial soap to remove bacteria and germs.
Call a tree trimmer to cut down tree overhangs or branches that are in close proximity to entry points to your home, such as windows, doors and chimneys. This prevents birds from carrying parasitic mites near your house.
Hire an exterminator who has experience getting rid of bird mites. Ask the exterminator to treat the exterior of your home near potential entry points such as windows and doors. Request that the exterminator spray the interior of your home, particularly in bathrooms and bedrooms where bird mites infest.
Schedule a time for the exterminator to return for a second treatment within seven days of the first treatment.