Bird Mites – How Did They Get in the House?

How could something so small be such an incredibly strong insect? There is a particular brand which is far from what we would consider to call a mite. In all cases, they’re basically microscopic. But when you call something a mite, you think of a someone who is less-than mighty. The kind of mite we’re talking about is the tropical the oribatid mite — AKA, Archegozetes longisetosus. Other names this superthing is called is Aoki, Acari and Oribatida mite.

Wrap your brain around this: The above mentioned mite can lift something up to 1,182 times its own weight. That’s equal to a 160 pound person being able to bench press a barbell that weighs over 94 tons. In other words, can you pick up a Boeing 757?

Your Basic Mite

Remember, this is an insect you can’t see without a microscope. A rather powerful one at that. So how can you even know you have mites? Your first encounter is going to come in the form a bite. Generally they arrive from birds. But they’re not adverse from hitching a ride on your cat, dog or other insect.


There are a couple of things you need to do if you suspect an invasion. The bottom line is you can DIY, but it’s best to ring us up at Vulcan Termite and Pest Control. Why? Eliminating this pin-prick sized beast is a true pain in the patokis.

  • Try to id the troublemaker.
    Identifying something smaller than a grain of sand is going to take more than a naked eye. Try getting some clear packing tape and lay it down where you think you’ve got a colony. Sticky-side up. What if they’ve that set-up a mite apartment complex on a table? Use a soft brush and sweep across the surface to the adhesive on the clear tape. Another way is that if you feel a nip on your skin, use tape again. Once you capture a critter-or-two, make a call to your local cooperative extension office. They’ve got people on site that are experts to give you the low-down. You may think you have a mighty mite when you actually may be infiltrated by noseeums, bedbugs or biting gnats. Armed with information, you’ll now know the best way to attack the problem. Mites don’t die with the same toxins as most other monsters.
  • DIY is not a drop in the bucket.
    Buy a Deerstalker Hat like Sherlock Holmes. You’re about to engage in a little known Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tale called “The Case of Doing a Lot of Work.” You’ll need identify all of the nests of the birds, any pet birds you have around the house, birds that have gone to meet their maker, the attic, around air conditioners. See, you’ve got a ton of tasks in finding ground zero. Then pull-out the vacuum cleaner and start sucking-up everything in sight. Every day. Curtains, rugs, furniture, mattresses, curtains and drapes. Then remove the bag immediately, seal it tight and stick the disgusting container in the freezer. Likewise, wash everything in sight. Now it’s onto the insecticide. Are you starting to see the ending of the Sherlock Holmes story? Here’s a hint. It comes in the title.
  • Call in the experts.
    Feel free to identify the bugs. But if you don’t want to chase after Moriarty, call Vulcan. We do this kind of stuff for a living. Consider, though that after the pros do your bidding, you’re going to have to change your ways a touch. Don’t want to do this again.

This Just In

After you’ve done everything you can and you still are getting snapped at by small wonders, maybe it’s time to visit the doctor or a dermatologist. You may have an unrelated problem, like chiggers, follicle or scabie mites. And if you ever see a turkey drumstick moving across the floor by some invisible force, remember, some of these species are like the villains in your favorite superhero comic book. They live on the dark side.

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