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Old 01-06-2014, 02:16 PM   #1
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HELP! I found bugs!

OK, I'm totally grossed out right now. A while back I mentioned Kiwi didn't seem to be staying in his little hanging bed. Yesterday I replaced it with another one my sister-in-law made. He hated it and wouldn't go to bed so I put his old one back in the cage. Before I did I turned it inside out and cleaned out the dander and miscellaneous feathers. At the very top I noticed some "dots" and wiped them off as well not thinking about it too much. Then today it kept niggling away at me so I removed the bed and turned it inside out again and lo and behold one of the dots MOVED! I called the vet and before she could tell me to bring one of them in I had immersed the whole thing in hot soapy water. So, what are they and what should I do? Has anyone else encountered this problem? Please don't tell me they are bed bugs and I've brought them into my house! Yikes!!
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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ok... how big were they? bedbugs are a fairly large bug... about as big around as a lady bug but flat ... Is it possible they were mites?? were they red?? Not sure what they are without a pic... hopefully they are something harmless, but maybe a trip to the vet to have your plet looked at and checked for mites. One way to tell if they are red mites is to throw a white sheet over the cage at bedtime and inspect it for mites after a while. http://www.birds-online.de/gesundhei.../milben_en.htm
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Maybe Mites ? If so they have those little thingys to hang above the cage. Out of the birds reach, little round metal box with holes and some sort of chemical to kill mites. Our cages are against a curtain so we have 2 of them, above cage hieght and behind the curtain so birds cant get at em.
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Maybe Mites ? If so they have those little thingys to hang above the cage. Out of the birds reach, little round metal box with holes and some sort of chemical to kill mites. Our cages are against a curtain so we have 2 of them, above cage hieght and behind the curtain so birds cant get at em.
Please don't use mite protectors... they work by emitting a toxic fume that is unfortunately toxic to your birds as well as mites!
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OK, I think they might be red mites. I calmed down a bit now and did a little looking on the internet. Last night the dots I saw in the bag were reddish and about the size of a grain of sand. I didn't see them moving and thought it was just dust or dirt and brushed them off in the sink. Right now the bag is getting a thorough washing and drying. If they are red mites will this take care of them or are they still hanging around on Kiwi?
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OMG. I am so sorry. That would gross me out too. Let us know what you discover.

Did it looks like this bed bug pic?
http://www.miamiresortinjurylawyerbl...-bug-1-400.jpg

Or like this mite pic?
http://www.vulcantermite.com/wp-cont...birdmites2.jpg
http://penichops.livejournal.com/32207.html

I am starting to panic a little looking at these pics.
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My guess is he will have to be treated and the whole cage will have to be sterilized, including the toys, perches, etc.
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ok... how big were they? bedbugs are a fairly large bug... about as big around as a lady bug but flat ... Is it possible they were mites?? were they red?? Not sure what they are without a pic... hopefully they are something harmless, but maybe a trip to the vet to have your plet looked at and checked for mites. One way to tell if they are red mites is to throw a white sheet over the cage at bedtime and inspect it for mites after a while. http://www.birds-online.de/gesundhei.../milben_en.htm
I went to your link just now and I think that's what I saw last night and today. There weren't nearly as many as in that picture, only a few so maybe the infestation isn't real bad. I change the lining of the cage once or twice a week but maybe I should change it daily until this is over. Now I can't quit itching!
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We moved into an apartment aboit 10 yrs ago that was infested with bed bugs before we got there. They bit me but never bothered the bird cages. They are anywhere from smaller then a grain of rice to about the size of a small lady bug depending on the age and feeding cycle. If what you have is the size of sand they're not bed bugs.

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I don't think they are bed bugs but the red mites. I've never encountered anything like this in my 20 years of birds so I guess I'm a bug-a-phobe! Now when my husband calls him a flea bitten rat he's kinda right.
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