Bird lice & bird mite problems need to be fixed immediately. We will find the best solution for you.
- Bird mites (commonly referred to as lice) are small, oval-shaped parasites, with 8 legs (larvae have 6 legs).
- They are semi-transparent in colour, making them barely visible to the naked eye. After feeding on blood, they may appear reddish to blackish.
- Bird lice feed on the blood of common birds including pigeons, Indian mynas, starlings, sparrows, poultry and some wild birds.
- Infestation occurs when birds gain entry to roof cavities via broken tiles or through unprotected eaves, or from roosting on the outside of dwellings such as window ledges or awnings.
- Birds often construct their nests in the roofs of homes, factories and other dwellings. Thriving in the nesting material, bird lice feed on unfeathered nestlings and adult birds.
Bird lice have a short life cycle of approximately 7 days, with the ability to rapidly generate large populations.
Lice lay their eggs on the host or in the nest. Eggs hatch within three days.
On birds, most of the breeding takes place in the nests. On poultry, the lice prefer the fluffy downy feathers and are numerous about the vent, accumulating on a few feathers. If the infested chicken is handled, the lice will move from chicken to human.
Preferring warmer regions, Bird lice are most active during spring and early summer when birds are nesting.
Lice will leave the infested area in search of new hosts once the young birds have left the nest or died.
Severe irritation is caused when lice inject saliva into the skin during a bite. As a result, people are often left with rashes and intense itching, which may also lead to secondary infections when scratched.
Treatment & Control
Our technicians will locate and remove all nesting material, before applying treatment to the infected area/s.
To ensure future prevention, entry points will be repaired or blocked, roosting sites and window ledges will be made unsuitable for bird use, and internal areas will be treated if also affected by lice.