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Re: Avian Mites

Posted by Sid on 10/01/07
(5) Comments

    On 10/01/07, Rose wrote:
    > 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
    > with
    >> 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
    > I
    >> could be a Bird? They only like Bird Blood. As soon as
    > they
    >> taste my human blood,they continue searching for a Bird.
    > On
    >> a bad day, they feel like they are jumping on me as I
    > watch
    >> 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.

    A long while ago Micheal L. gave advice to someone to use
    `Avian Pest Liquidator` to avoid mites. This is a Pet Safe
    Spray that I used as a Preventative for years (not a bomb). I
    guess I should have used it more often? I take the Birds
    outside and allow them to play in the open air, outside of
    their cages. They could have picked up the mites from wild
    Birds? I showered and sprayed them a couple of times and now
    they seem to be free of pests. My problem was the pests
    attacking me. They drop off of the birds, onto my shoulder and
    roam; searching out an Avian food source. They (mites) have a
    short life span and are now gone. Any mite eggs that were laid
    have hatched and died of starvation.
    I usually attemt a remedy myself before going to
    Doctors,Vets and Exterminators. The old timers on this site
    would give advice from experience when someone asked a
    question. Now all I read is critisism, sarcasm and advice to
    see an expensive professional. No wonder there are no longer
    any REAL Bird people on this website. You people have little or
    no direct knowledge of your own pets.
    GOD BLESS Michael L. and those others who knew something.