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Old 07-09-2018, 05:26 AM
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I'm a young owner and I got my new budgies after careful research. I bought a male and a female yesterday and they're still young. I'd guess under 4 months. I haven't touched them yet as they're not hand tamed and will refuse to go near a hand.

I wasn't sure of where I could post this but today I noticed that the female was preening a lot compared to the male. I looked at her closely and lo and behold, there was a mite on her. I've scoured the other topics on mites here and all of them say to go to an avian vet but my family doesn't seem too keen on forking out hundreds on checkups and vet visits.

Also I read somewhere that dusting your birds with pepper, flour or putting coconut/vegetable oil in their feathers + feet help them get rid of mites and I know of sprays to buy but I'm not sure both if them will let me handle them.

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TLDR: Do you have to treat a house for mites if your bird has them?

This is more of an off topic question and the question I want answered and I know this isn't something I should be asking but I am panicking and crying.

Do mites generally leave the bird hosts and/or latch onto other things such as humans, beds or clothing. I'm scared that the mites might have crawled onto the floor/table and/or have been blown away onto furniture/me/my house by the birds flapping and flying.

I'm not sure if I'm just being paranoid but I can feel things crawling on me as I'm typing and I'm terrified of them being on any of my furniture/in my house. I heard about what a pain they can be and I'm not ready to face my household to say "I may have contaminated the house with mites."

I'm starting to panic and I'm lost for what to do. Help!


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Hi Ori

If your bird cage is able to be transported then yes, just take them in that. Just remove any swings etc that might be a bit of a hazard in motion.
Mites are tiny and not easily seen, so I agree that a vet visit is wise to see what the infestation actually is.
When you treat the birds (both birds), you will need to thoroughly clean the cage and it’s contents and any areas where they frequently visit (play stand etc), but it’s not a case of fumigating the house. If I recall correctly, mites can’t complete their life cycle on us, so don’t ‘live’ on us.
Rest assured, mite treatment is usually very effective. I’m sure that your itching is just in your mind, I’m the same whenever we’ve had ants in the house.

*Please don’t follow the advice to dust the birds with pepper, flour or use the coconut/vegetable oil on their feathers!
Whilst a vet appointment would be best, the mite treatment is available without a prescription; it’s ivermectin (check that it’s the correct dose) which is a liquid applied on the back of the bird’s neck. The medication needs reapplying a couple of weeks later.
https://www.ladygouldianfinch.com/product_scatt.php
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beaphar-Ant...ermectin+birds
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Hi there, I need to first mention: Please DON’T dust the birds with pepper, flour or use the coconut/vegetable oil on their feathers! That is incorrect advice, and doing so will cause more harm than good.

No, scaly mites that budgies get are host specific, and do not live in human areas or affect your environment. The budgies environment must be cleaned and disinfected throughly, paying attention to cracks and crevices in and on the cage, and any toys and playstands. If you have anything made of rope, it must be thrown out.

If it truly is an infection of scaly face mites, then as Julia mentioned, Ivermectin is the treatment, and can be bought over the counter at a pet store or online. Make sure you follow dosing directions closely. Good luck!
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Ahh, thank you so much. Also should cleaning and disinfecting be done with a water+vinegar mix or something else?
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Read this old thread. https://www.talkbudgies.com/your-bud...ace-mites.html It has some good advice on how to clean/kill mites.
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