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How To Get Rid of Bird Mites Naturally

There can be so many reasons why you have been scratching your arms and legs constantly for the past few days. One of the reasons might be that you have a bird mite problem. Since it is impossible to figure out what kind of infestation you are dealing with or even if it is an infestation, you need to find proof before taking any steps. 

Getting rid of an infestation is a long and hard process. There are different natural remedies for killing different insects. In order to identify what kind of infestation you are dealing with, take stock of your body.

Do you feel itchy at night?

When sitting on your living room rug, do you get this feeling that something is crawling on you?

Do you wake up in the morning with red spots all over your hands and legs?

These signs are a dead giveaway that either you have bed bugs or bird mites. Since, both are somewhat similar, same naturally remedies can be applied to get rid of them. Bird mites usually come out at night because the slightest of movement on your part can disturb their feeding and they quickly retreat. As compared to bed bugs, their bite takes longer to heal. If scratched vigorously, the bite can even turn into an infection.

About Bird Mites

A bird mite is a parasitic infection found in a bird nest. It is similar to a bed bug but more aggressive in nature. These critters are so small that it’s hard to spot them, which gives them the perfect advantage to hide in small spaces where you can’t reach. You can identify a bird mite by the change in its body color. Naturally, a bird mite is pale yellow in color but after feeding on blood, they become engorged and turn a dark red color. Once they are fed, they return to their hiding spot and start breeding.

Bird mites are usually found in a bird’s nest and on different animals. They contaminate cattle and even spread diseases to humans.

When a bird nest is abandoned, their food supply comes to an end and that is when mites enter the house. Without blood, they can only survive for three weeks. Inside homes, bird mites are found in clothes, bed mattress, bed sheets, carpets, and sofas.

Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Bird Mites

The remedies explained below are non-toxic and can be used regularly for keeping bird mites out of house.

  • Limonene (Orange Oil)

The extract from citrus peel is quite effective in killing mites, ticks, lice, and fleas. You can create a limonene spray on your own. Grind lemon peels and add water to it. Strain the mixture and pour the water into a spray bottle. Cut an orange peel in to small strips and add them into the bottle. You can use this spray on clothing, bedding, bathroom, etc.

  • Essential Oils

Quite a few essential oils are effective in killing parasites such as bird mites. These include peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, cedar wood, and lemongrass. Any of these oils can be used as a spray to limit mite activity. The smell disrupts their communication and they come out of hiding. Mix some oil and water in a spray bottle and spray it everywhere. The plus side to these sprays is that they give your house a refreshing smell.

  • Cedar Oil Fogger

There have been studies on cedar oil proving how effective it is in killing bird mites. This remedy is a bit expensive, as you need a ULV fogger for it. Wear a mask and blast every inch of your house with the fogger. Leave your house for 3 hours and let the fog work.

  • Neem Oil

Neem oil has a 95% success rate in killing bird mites. You can use it as a spray, dissolved in water or you can put it on the traps.

  • Boric Acid

Boric acid powder is pretty stable in nature and is a great insect killer in its natural form. It’s better to scatter this powder on hard surfaces, where most of the infestation is.

As for linens, clothing and upholstery, you should try the following remedy.

  • Hot Water or Bounce Fabric Sheets

You can try either of these remedies to kill bird mites. Bounce has an ingredient that is harmful to bird mites. You can place it in small amount in shoes, clothing, etc, and then wash it in hot water. An alternative to Bounce is Epsom salt, which you can dissolve in water when doing laundry.

  • Vinegar

Mites hate the smell of vinegar. By using it in its concentrated form, you will get better results in getting rid of bird mites. You can also use vinegar based cleaners for mopping floor and wiping other areas.

  • Menthol Crystals

Bird mites do not like the smell of menthol, which makes it a great repellant. Add some menthol crystals in a sock and place it under your mattress. You can also place it in your closet and in between the sofa lining.

  • Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

Diatomaceous Earth can be used to kill all kinds of insects. Although it’s not really a home remedy, you can make use of it if you are out of the other options. It kills insects by drying their exoskeleton. You can scatter some around your home’s entry points such as doors and windows. Though it’s not toxic, it sure does make a mess. Therefore, only use it as a last resort.

These are just some of the natural remedies that can kill bird mites. Since, these are small insects, getting rid of them is harder. However, by keeping your house clean and blocking the entry points such as door and windows, you can prevent an infestation.

Solutions Has Bird Mite Control Products for You

If these remedies are leading to disappointing results, you may have to resort to what the pros would use. We have plenty of professional options here at Solutions Pest & Lawn. Bird mite control can be successful either through the use of a broad-spectrum pesticide such as Sterifab or Bedlam Plus Bed Bug Killer. You can also use natural means of pest elimination by using Diatomaceous Earth(Alpine Dust Insecticide) or one of our other natural products. Make sure to evenly apply it over a wide area to give you the best chance of getting rid of all the Bird Mites that are taking infesting your home.

Another way to address bird mites is to first address birds that are hanging out around your property. If starlings and sparrows (as well as other birds) are getting a little too comfortable lingering around your home and even setting up nests, then you will have to address these birds and make your home unappealing for them. You can do this by utilizing the bird control products we have to offer. From ultrasonic devices which scare off birds to bird repellents like Avitrol and 4 The Birds , we have a great assortment of products which will keep birds at bay and this in turn, will keep bird mites at bay.


Bird mites may be tiny but they can be a big itchy problem for you and your pets. However, with the help of our tips above and our high quality control product recommendations, your property can be bird mite-free. For more information or DIY advice, reach out to our experts via email at askapro@solutionsstores.com, call us on the phone at 800-479-6583 or live chat with us online and we’ll be happy to help you out.

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