Background: My budgie may or may not have mites. Her cere looked uncharacteristically dark and crusty and she had some scaly whitish/reddish crumb like stuff just below the cere on her beak/ The vet said it could either be a vitamin A deficiency resulting in poor quality of the beak or scalyface mites. I gave her some ivermectin and within a day her beak looked a ton better.
1. How could she have got scalyface mites? She's been with us for almost 5 months now and before that she lived with an acquaintance for about 1.5 years. In all that time she never came in contact with any other birds. About 2-3 weeks ago we got another budgie but she's still in quarantine in a different room though I wonder if any mites could have travelled on me (clothes, hair, etc.) from the quarantined budgie to my older budgie. The younger budgie seems perfectly fine though. The vet gave her a dose of ivermectin as well as a pre-caution though.
2. How do I get rid of them? I've bought some F10sc disinfecting solution and wipes. Do disinfectants get rid of mites as well? Can I wipe the cage bars using the wipes and spray diluted F10Sc in the cage WHILE SHE IS IN THE CAGE?
3. Could the mites get into the carpet in her room? If yes, is vacuum cleaning or spraying the room/carpet with F10SC enough to get rid of them?
4. How often do I need to clean? I usually change the lining at the bottom of her cage every evening and then clean everything inside her cage thoroughly once a week. With mites should I clean/spray every day? For how long (how many days/weeks) will I have to do that?
5. How would I know that the cage and the area around her is completely free from mites and/or mite eggs?
6. Do I need to extend the quarantine period (beyond 6 weeks) for our younger budgie? I've read that mites can lie dormant for 6-12 months. We are supposed to give both budgies another shot of ivermectin in 2 weeks.
7. Is there anything else I can do to make to get rid of mites (if we have them..
8. Is there anything else I need to consider?