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Bird Mites
 

"Bird Mites", "Tropical Fowl Mites" or "Starwing Mites" are the common names.  These mites are often incorrectly called Bird Lice. 

Identification

They are most active during spring and early summer.  They are semi transparent in colour and are the size of a pin head.

 

Contact with humans usually occurs after birds gain entry to roof cavities via broken tiles or through unprotected eaves of homes, factories, offices, nursing homes and other dwellings to construct their nests.  The Mites feed on the unfeathered nestings as well as the adult birds.  The large amount of nesting material used by the birds provides the mites with an ideal environment in which to thrive.  The Mites have a short life cycle, approximately 7 days, and can rapidly generate large populations.

When young birds leave the nest, or die, many mites (often tens of thousands) are left behind without a host.  They will then disperse from the nest in search of a new host,humans.

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