What is a chicken mite? Chicken mites, also known as bird mites, get their name because they live on the skin of a wide variety of birds, but especially chickens. They become structural pests when they migrate from bird nests into buildings and attack humans. They primarily feed at night, after which the mite drops off of the host. Chicken mites most often live and feed on pigeons, sparrows and chickens. They will often migrate indoors from an abandoned nest. They enter through window frames or attics. Chicken mites can also be introduced via pet birds such as canaries or on gerbils from pet stores. Chicken mites have been implicated in the transmission of St. Louis encephalitis, but their role in the transmission of the disease is not known. Chicken mites can cause painful skin irritation on humans.
Looking to get rid of bird mites or chicken mites?
If you own or handle birds, keep the coops and bedding clean and inspect the flock regularly for signs of an infestation.
Do not handle bird nests on your property, even after the birds have vacated the nest.
If you have pets that spend time outdoors, inspect them regularly as they can become chicken mite carriers.
Inspect second-hand furniture carefully before bringing indoors, as mites can be transported in bedding, furniture, and carpeting.
If you see signs of a chicken mite infestation in your home, contact a bird mite control professional to identify the source to treat the infestation.
If you have an infestation, launder bedding and clothing in hot water. Consult with a physician for proper treatment of chicken mite bites.
According to research, bird species with larger than average brains have lower levels of a key stress hormone. Such birds keep their stress down by anticipating or learning to avoid problems more effectively than smaller-brained counterparts.
Birds in the wild lead a stressful life. Constantly spotting predators lurking in the trees or sensing dramatic changes in temperature is essential for survival, but can leave birds on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Reading these cues triggers changes in the birds metabolism particularly increases in the stress hormone corticosterone. A sharp release of the hormone within one to two minutes after a cue triggers an emergency response and prepares birds to react quickly to the threat. However, regular exposure to the dangers of the wild and hence to high levels of this hormone, has serious health consequences and shortens life expectancy.
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It depends on the species, but ants are commonly attracted to the food in a kitchen, especially sweets and protein-containing substances. Ants are most often found on floors, countertops and in food items. Some species prefer to build nests in soil – such as landscaping – or cracks in concrete on your driveway, walkway or in your garage. Carpenter ants build nests in wood. Ants are typically found indoors the spring and summer months as they search for food.