What are Bird Mites?
Bird mites are parasites that feed on the blood of birds and tend to live in bird nests. When they no longer have a “host” because the young birds have learned to fly and left the nest or their nest was disrupted for other reasons - by cleaning, falling, or moving, the mites leave, seeking a new animal to feed of of, sometimes landing in human homes and feeding off of humans or pests. To the human eye, bird mites look like moving grounds of pepper, which can be very disturbing.
Although the mites can be an itchy tingly nuisance, they typically can't survive on humans or in homes for any significant length of time. The literature suggests that off of their avian hosts, the common bird mites may be able to survive a matter of weeks, but can possible last longer, especially in humid and hot climates.
While bird mites can leave physical injuries - sometimes leaving painful bites causing itching and possibly permanent scarring on their victims, the mental effects of a bird mite infestation can be severe. Our clients have experienced stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, delusionary parasitosis (thinking that the bird mites are still biting you even after they have been eliminated) and even sustained depression as a result of bird mite exposure. Additionally, if the bird mites are in your home or apartment, you may face significant expenses trying to eliminate them, or through the loss of your property.
What do you do if you suspect you have been infested by bird mites?
Call pest control that has experience in bird mites - a professional
Get medical attention. This will help to reduce itchiness from the bird mite bites.
Take photographs of the bird mite bites.
Search the area and take photographs of the bird mites.
If you are staying in a hotel or a hospital, contact the management to file a report of the bird mites.
If you are in your apartment, contact your apartment manager to write a report and to request elimination of the bird mites.
Do not bring your clothes or other items to your home if you have been staying in a hotel or elsewhere. You may accidentally transport the bird mites to your house
Call us for a free consultation on how to proceed with any claims you may have.
If you suspect you contracted bird mites in Metairie or New Orleans, it is important to consult with an experienced Metairie personal injury attorney or a New Orleans personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Call us for a free consultation on your claim.
Megan C. Kiefer is a partner at Kiefer & Kiefer. She is a personal injury lawyer who has handled many bed bug and bird mite cases.
This is being provided for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.