Bird Mites in Australia

Bird mites belong to a group of arthropods, which are morphologically very similar in appearance, yet have very different habits and ecologies.

Failure to properly identify the mites to the species level can lead to incorrect treatments and non-control of the pest.

“Bird mites”, “Tropical fowl mites” or “Starling Mites” are the common names used to describe the mite Ornithonyssus bursa from the family of mites Macronyssidae. These mites are often incorrectly called ‘bird lice’, particularly within the pest control industry. Bird mites are most active during Spring and early Summer.

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