Did you know about mites in pigeons?


Did you know about mites in pigeons?

In the parks, woods, streets, squares, landscaped areas of the city. In each of these places we are surrounded by birds and we do not realize that they are, we are accustomed to see them wherever they are and form an important part of the fauna.

A bird’s nest can be found in a tree near your window, on the ground or at the peak of a very tall pine.

The birds most adapted to the cities, such as the sparrow, the dove or the magpie present as a common feature an omnivorous diet, the location of their nests in the holes of human constructions and not being very territorial.

“What harm can a bird cause to the human?” You may ask, answering is very easy: some species have proliferated so uncontrollably and disproportionately that they damage monuments, buildings, buildings, etc.

Birds such as pigeons, starlings, sparrows or seagulls can be considered as a pest and can pose a health risk. The control of certain species of birds is very important, the same as the control of some rodent. Pigeons transmit diseases; Bird droppings contain thousands of pathogenic bacteria, in the feathers of them, reside the mites and bedbugs.

Bird mites are very small (from 0.6 to 1mm in length), semi-transparent (until they take blood, which turns reddish-brown mahogany), oval-shaped and, like all arachnids , They have 8 legs unlike 6 legs of insects. Mites develop very fast.

Under favorable conditions (a humid and warm climate) the life cycle of this parasite lasts a week: eggs hatch in three days and mature as adults in five days. Mites do not have selectivity of a single determined host, that is, it can infest both a pigeon and a sparrow.

Sometimes, if you have a nest near the window, inside or above the house, the mites can migrate to the houses, infesting them and stinging people. This migration is most common in late spring, when the bird chicks are coming out of the nests. Mites are found not only in the feathers of the birds but in the nests and more abundant in their surroundings.

They are hematophagous animals and spend their whole life looking for warm blood from a permanent or occasional guest. The role of an occasional guest can play a domestic animal, or a human, a bird. At home, pigeon mites hide in very small holes, in bedding (savannah, pillow, bedspread, etc.) or in a garment. Like bed bugs, they sting people, causing itching, irritation of the skin, discomfort. In some cases they can cause infections.

It is very important to eliminate infestation of bird mites in homes. For its control is necessary to detect the focus of infestation that can be not only a bird but a nest. For this reason it is important to remove all the nests around your home and treat them with an acaricidal product.

Another measure used in the control of pigeon mite is the control of the number of pigeons in public and urban areas of the city. Not about inhuman actions, but considering that these birds can harm public health, it is vital to have citizen collaboration, it is necessary the cooperation of all to reduce or eliminate all those environmental factors that contribute to the Excessive proliferation of pigeons, the possibility of food, water and shelters.