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I've just "emerged" from battling bird mites for over a month.  I am hoping that it's all over now.  The landlord finally hired an exterminator who treated my apartment and the attic.  The mites had traveled down through a wall heater (I am on the second floor) into my apartment.  This was truly horrific and I was bitten viciously by these parasites.  Once I saw them and how tiny they were, I was amazed that their bites could cause such agony.  As you know, there is a lot of misinformation about these parasites, but after one goes through this, one can almost believe the horror stories.  To be on the safe side, I sprayed around the baseboards with Ortho Home Defense after the exterminator had been here, because I was bitten twice following their treatment.  I haven't been bitten in just over a week.  Do you think I'm finally in the clear?

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Mary,

I agree there is a lot of misinformation and hype about the so called bird mites around. We know for certain that the mites don't infest homes once the birds are gone so you are probably in the clear. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bird_mites.html for more background about these mites and how to manage any future problems.  

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions about the control of pest insects, spiders, mites and related arthropods. These household pests include termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, nuisance ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, wasps, and many others. I can also answer questions about using pesticides and other pest control tools such as baits and traps.

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I am a retired university extension entomologist. I've taught and conducted research in urban and agricultural entomology. I've published over 70 extension publications, 20 research publications and several books about insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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