How to Get Rid of Bird Mites | Symptoms and Treatment

Bird mites. Not only do they cause severe discomfort for your pet birds but they also can be extremely harmful for your other pets such as dogs and cats or your other birds that do not have mites and of course- for yourself too.

Here we try to help explain a little bit on how you can treat your bird with mites. You also may love to read how to take care of a baby bird.


Your bird may be showing symptoms of carrying mites on it but you do not know because, maybe you do not know about the signs that well. So, it is very important for us to first, acknowledge the symptoms in our birds.

Examine the area around your bird's eyes and beak. You are checking for any skin with crusty texture. This is because, mites dig into the skin of your bird and often this region is the place around its beak and eyes. This is actually result of the mites infesting on your bird's skin.

These crusts will not be really obvious at the initial stages of the mites infestation and your bird's overall health will not be deteriorated in any way, but you will notice some small crusty like plaques on your bird's face- around the eyes and its beak in most cases. This is happening because the mites are burrowing into your bird's skin.

However, as the mites grow, your bird's face will appear to be more uneven and scratchy and cavernous. The adult mites will dig tunnels and burrows into your bird's skin and you will see holes and crusts that are much more visible and obvious in size and appearance.

You should also examine your bird's legs and feet. Why? Well because, mites are also known for digging burrows into skin of bird's legs. So you should check for dry, scratchy, crusty skin. The mites will dig into the bird's leg's skin and lay its eggs there. These eggs will appear as tiny dusty white deposits and they will eventually turn  hard and crusty, causing your bird to feel very irritated and discomfort. Other than that, swelling and a skin with rashes is also a result.

Your bird getting extremely annoyed at night is also a strongly suggestive symptom. because, mites are known to feed at night hours. Therefore, if your bird is irritated at night, it may be because, your bird has mites on it, and they are biting at him or her.

Also, observer if your bird is grooming itself at an abnormal frequency. Because, it is irritated of the mites, it wants to remove them from its skin, and it will preen or groom itself excessively in the process.

Oral symptoms are among the other symptoms you should look out for. For instance, see if your bird is sneezing or coughing. It may also have a hard time breathing and will be breathing with its mouth open because of this. This is because, these mites will burrow and settle in your bird's trachea, bronchi, sinuses or air sacs. When your bird is in its cage, check if he is keeping its mouth open, as if he is almost gasping for air.

Moreover, you bird's voice or vocal sounds may experience a variation. Since the mites have dug and settled in its respiratory system.

A fall in weight is also an indicator of mites infestation in your bird.

Another very obvious symptom is when your bird is losing feathers or patches of it. If you see piles of feathers fallen in your bird's cage, then your bird might have mites. Because, your bird is desperate to rid of the irritating factor, it will incessantly preen itself or scratch itself. This will result in your bird's feathers getting damaged and also losing them.

Observe your bird's head and legs during the night. As mentioned earlier, mites are nocturnal by nature, and this is why, they will feed themselves at night time and reproduce in the day. Therefore, take a flashlight and see if you notice any mites roaming around on your bird's head and legs. You might catch small red or black spots that are crawling around and digging into your bird's skin.


Unfortunately, the only real thing you can do is take your bird to the vet or a special doctor for birds, as soon as you notice these symptoms in your bird. Remember, the earlier you take this action, the earlier the vet can treat your bird and your bird will be healthy, mite-free and happy. It will also be easier for the vet to treat the mites if you take your bird to him immediately, without wasting any time.

Let us inform you that there are also special medical powders available in pet stores or animal hospitals that are manufactured to treat mites in your bird. We recommend that you do a little research, ask around or better yet- ask your vet for the best kind of mites powder and get that one. Start using the powder as instructed by the doctor or on the box.

There are also special medical liquids that are designed to eliminate the mites from your bird's body. You can also find out about these and start using them accordingly.

If you are purchasing any of these, please make sure to mention that you are wanting to remove mites and want powders or liquids for this particular problem only.

You should know that there are also essential oils found for this problem and if you want to avoid using chemicals, then you can also give this a try. Make sure that the brand you are using is reliable and safe. Also, there are oils to treat mites for humans and other ones for birds, so do know what kind you need and are buying.

Also, one step that is crucial to the treatment process of mites, is removing the source of mites. To do this, you have to look and search hard to know where these mites are coming from exactly.

They can come from bird's nests on the roof or your balcony, small, dead animals like rats lying around somewhere near or in the house, window ledges, cavities and holes in walls, ceilings or debris. Birds' nests, for instance, pigeon nests are very common origins of bird mites.

When you have located the source of the mites, eradicate that source immediately and completely.

Do not worry and take your bird to the vet immediately and remember that the treatment do not just stop there. Even if your bird is treated successfully, make sure that those mites never return again!

Paula Anderson

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