Birds – Bird Lice/Mites


Lice/mites living on bird pests such as pigeon, sparrows and starlings, nesting in the eaves of our homes, may be forced to seek a new host in the form of humans should the bird host leave the nest or die.

Lice/mites may migrate downwards towards bedrooms, biting humans leaving an itchy rash that may become infected, the lice/mites are usually less than 10mm in length and can rarely be seen without the aid of a microscope or magnifying glass.

Lice/mites in recent times have been linked to the increasing occurrence of asthma in both adults and children. When accumulations of dust, lice/mites and their droppings pellets become airborne through activities such as vacuuming or dusting, we inevitably inhale these particles eliciting allergic reactions from susceptible individuals.