BIRD MITES & RAT MITES

Mites are believed to come from Africa, as the rat mite was first recorded infesting rats in Egypt. Mites are now found throughout the world,   Mites are parasitic and infest warm-blooded animals. they prefer rodents or birds, but in the absence of those hosts,  they also bite humans. Mites are not an important vector of any diseases to humans, but their bites can be very painful and lead to itching, irritated rashes. The young mites  generally cannot survive more than 12 days without food, while adults may survive over 2 months without a blood meal.  Mites are very small and difficult to see, they have very long legs  (for their size) that stick out in front of the head. Mites are light grayish in unfed mites to reddish orange in mites recently having had a blood meal.  Controlling mites relies heavily on proper identification, and then discovery of and removal of the source, which will be nests of rodents or birds in or on the structure. As the mites search for an alternative host, they will crawl onto the skin and conduct an exploratory bite to test the appropriateness of the host. The mite will move on, possibly trying the host again, but will not feed. These bites are felt as a “prick” and a resultant rash and itching, sometimes intense, will occur. Some individuals are apparently capable of sensing the crawling of the mites on the skin. The irritation produced by the bite is enhanced by the injection of the mite’s saliva that can cause a localized histamine response. Differential diagnosis can be difficult in the absence of mite specimens and can easily be misdiagnosed as non-descript “insect bites.” Most bird mite infestations occur during the late spring to early summer when bird nests are in abundance. Bugs B Dead has a lot of experience with these pests and can control the problem quickly.