Adult mites are about 0.8 mm long and 0.4 mm wide and are just barely visible to the naked eye. White, greyish, black or deep red in colour, depending upon their blood content. Engorged adults are about 1 mm long. Mites have eight legs.
12 to 24 hours after its first blood meal fertilised females lays up to 32 eggs during her lifetime of approximately 90 days in the nesting material. The complete lifecycle from egg to adult can be completed in 7 days under favourable conditions. An immature nymph has three pair of legs while a mature mite possess four pair of legs.
The best approach for controlling an infestation is to locate and remove bird nests. When removing nests, PPE including a mask and gloves should be worn to prevent transfer of mites, and bacterial infections. To eradicate bird mites, treat the area with an approved insecticide such as a residual spray or insecticide powder labelled for mite control. Prevent birds from entering and occupying spaces in houses by repairing broken tiles and proofing openings in eaves or roof cavities
**Products to control Bird Mites:
Imidasect Ant Gel (35g tube)
Maxforce Pushbox (20 x 2g)
Maxforce Quantum Gel (30g tube)