On 9/29/07, Sid wrote:
> I have been bothered by some form of pest. It causes
> itching and some pinpont bites. The bites can become red
> and swell a little, but the feeling of something so tiny
> that you cannot see it crawling on me is driving me up a
> wall. I suspect that the problem is Avian Mites, because I
> feel them most after playing with my two CAGs. I have
> sprayed with `Avian Insect Liquidator` which is said to be
> pet safe. This stuff can actually be sprayed ON the Birds
> and their cages.The pests seem to have spread and are
> infesting other area. Does anybody have any experience
> these pests? I really do not think that Fleas are causing
> the itching and biting because I would see them. I have
> read that Avian Mites have no color until they gorge
> themselves on Avian Blood, then they have a red color? I
> have read that they are only biting me because they think
> could be a Bird? They only like Bird Blood. As soon as
> taste my human blood,they continue searching for a Bird.
> a bad day, they feel like they are jumping on me as I
> TV and crawling aroung like some form of invisible Spider?
> Could it be something in the food containers?
The best place to start would be for you to go to a doctor
and he can tell you what's biting you. Then, I would take
the birds to an avian vet, so he can confirm what your
doctor tells you. Over-the-counter mite remedies for birds
are ineffective and can even be dangerous.
Please don't use flea bombs around your birds as it could
kill them. You need a professional opinion for this problem
before it gets any worse.