does ivermectin kill bird mites

The following treatment protocol was developed from feedback by people like you, who have emailed us with suggestions of products that have worked for them. There is no perfect formula to kill bird mites, and some products seem to work better for some people than others. But every month we do get letters from readers that tell us they were able to eliminate the bird mites from their lives. Some suffered for years, others we able to get rid of the bird mites in just weeks. This treatment protocol is based upon what has worked for others, and there is no guarantee that it will work for you. But we hope so!!!

We feel it’s important to do all of this all at the same time to stop your mite infestation. You don’t want to kill most of the mites using one product, then find a week or two later that they are back. Hit them hard all at once with everything and hopefully, they will all be eradicated. Product links are included for those that were consistently recommended. Here is what we found:

Before anything else, the most important thing you must do is have a pest control company that specializes in bird mites treat your home. Don’t use just any pest control company, as treating bird mites can be difficult. Follow this link for our recommended list of local pest control companies that have experience with bird mites. They will give you a free initial home inspection to confirm if you have bird mites, and then go over your treatment options.

Follow up is key. Make sure the pest control company you hire does follow up treatments about a week later to kill any leftover unhatched mites.

Many readers have reported following up with other non-pesticide products has helped, both after pest control treatments, and longer-term to insure all bird mites are killed and are kept away. One such product, Premo Guard has been mentioned often as an Eco-friendly spray that can be used after treatment and safely long term. Here is a link to Premo Guard. (other uses mentioned below)

Bird Mites like a humid/moist environment. Keep your home humidity level below 50% using dehumidifiers. This is especially true in the bedroom since they are very active at night. We recommend the HomeLab dehumidifiers on Amazon. They are very quiet, very efficient, and top-rated. Test lower humidity levels to see what works best.

Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Possibly the Most Important Thing You Can Do!! Use a HEPA rated machine, a few readers recommended the Miele Electro+ Canister C2 Vacuum Cleaner. It has an extra-long cord, very strong suction, is a bagged system for easy disposal (you definitely don’t want a bagless vacuum), and it’s very light which is important for getting to those ceiling corners.

Another vacuum we recently found comes with special multiple attachments for getting to hard to reach spaces. It’s called the Bug Sucker Vacuum and is available here. There is even a special container that can capture bird mites for you to send away to a company like VetDNA for identification.

We also like the Miele vacuums, although their top of the line models is very expensive. Be sure to read the user reviews. Here is a link to all the Miele Vacuums on

Permethrin creams did seem to help keep them off of us while we had it on. However, it made us feel sick especially after over-use but helped for a while. Some people think that it makes the mites mutate and the cream is not effective after a while. They may be right.

Several people reported that oral ivermectin (3 tables, 3mg ea) once a week over a 3 week period helped to eliminate symptoms along with everything else we outlined here. This medication, which is a strong antiparasitic agent, is available by prescription only and may not be safe for children.

It works really well for spotty flair ups. Naturasil makes one for scabies that works well. It is a little expensive but worth it. Here is a link where you can order it.

Windex works at least to kill them or drive them back somewhat. You can’t use it on the skin, but everywhere else is fine. A natural bed bug and mite spray such as Premo Guard works even better. Here is a link to Premo.

This product works very well and helps to exfoliate and refresh the skin. Use as directed, here is a link to the MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Cleanser.

The most crucial thing you need to do first is have your house treated by a pest control business that specializes in bird mites. Utilize caution when selecting a pest control company, as bird mite treatment can be challenging. For a list of nearby pest control businesses that have dealt with bird mites before, click this link. After determining whether you have bird mites, they will provide a free initial home inspection and discuss your treatment options.

Along with everything else we’ve covered here, a number of people reported that taking oral ivermectin (3 tables, 3 mg ea) once a week for three weeks helped to eliminate symptoms. Strong antiparasitic agent, this drug is only available with a prescription and might not be suitable for small children.

As was previously mentioned, we used this natural bed bug killer to “create a perimeter around our bed at night,” and it worked pretty well to keep the bugs out of our bed at least during the night. Follow this link to learn more about Premo Guard. Some of our readers have also used it to eliminate any remaining bird mites and stop them from returning following pest control treatment.

Some people who have had problems with these invisible biting mites also have immune system problems and may not even be aware of it. I believe that these mites are attracted to certain people, and some may attract them way more than others by having a low immune system which must put off some odorless signal to the mites.. Those people really need to focus along with the family on eating right and taking an immune booster. There is one called Immune Renew that a few readers recommended.

Get Premium Mattress and Pillow Covers with a zipper and seal up your mattress. Spray it with Windex several times during the day and pull your bed away from the wall. Some people have to throw away their mattresses and get an air mattress until the mites are gone. The mattress covers are easy to clean. High-quality ones are available using this link.

For many years, West Toowoomba veterinarians have taken care of our pets’ routine checkups and any issues that may have arisen. Michael We are quite pleased with the care they have given us.

Lice are rarely observed in pet birds, but they are fairly common on wild birds and in some aviaries. Lice are not bloodsuckers; instead, they feed on skin scales and feather debris. They lay their eggs along the shaft of a feather, which are visible to the unaided eye and are referred to as “nits”; they spend their entire life on the bird. The lice themselves are typically quite visible; all you have to do is shine a bright light under your bird’s wing to see if nits and lice are present. Severe infestations can cause itching in birds and give their feathers a “moth-eaten” appearance. Feather lice, however, are a much overstated cause of feather-picking in birds. Almost all feather-picking birds I have seen have had their lice treated by their owners, acting on the advice of a novice veterinarian, pet store, or bird breeder. Not only is this treatment typically pointless, but the time lost in hoping for the bird’s recovery can be crucial in managing a behavioral issue.

The Scaly Face/Leg mite, or Cnemidocoptes, is the most prevalent mite on parrots (and occasionally canaries and chickens as well). The protein known as keratin, which makes up the outer layer of skin, beaks, and feet, is the food source for this tiny mite. The mite burrows into these layers to obtain this keratin, making tiny holes that give the infection its name-giving “honeycomb” appearance. The infection most frequently affects the feet of canaries and hens, causing the scales to thicken and slightly lift. Tasslefoot is the term for another condition in canaries where keratin tags peel off the back of the leg. If the Scaly Face mite is not treated, it can disrupt the beak’s growth areas, causing the beak to become distorted. Pain and lameness may result from the legs’ scaling becoming thicker.

Lice treatment involves washing the affected area or applying a pyrethrin spray (such as Avian Insect Liquidator® from Vetafarm). Use caution when using older sprays (like Malawash®) that contain maldison or malathion. These are called organophosphates, and they can be extremely toxic to humans as well as birds. Despite being approved for use in birds, every avian veterinarian I know of has witnessed birds that were poisoned and eventually died after being sprayed or cleaned, even when the manufacturer’s instructions were followed. These products are no longer recommended by veterinarians due to the development of safer pyrethrin sprays. Certain pet stores recommend treating birds for lice every three months, but this is not necessary if the bird was treated correctly when it was first acquired and is kept away from other birds.

Old treatments for this mite include painting the affected areas with paraffin oil (to drown the mites), Dettol. The problems with these treatments are numerous: the mites can be so widespread on the body that paraffin oil can never hope to control it without soaking the bird in oil; Dettol® and benzyl benzoate are both toxic to the bird if it ingests it or absorbs it through the skin; and with all of these treatments repeated daily applications are necessary. Since the 1980’s vets have been using ivermectin (Ivomec Sheep Drench®) or moxidectin (Cydectin Sheep Drench®, Scatt®, Moxidectin Plus®) with much greater success and safety. Depending on the formulation used, these drugs can be applied to the skin on the back of the neck; crop drenched; or put in the bird’s drinking water. I like to give 3 treatments, each 2 weeks apart, but other vets find that only 1 or 2 treatments are usually necessary.


How long does it take for ivermectin to kill mites?

When exposed to 0.1 and 0.05 mg/ml of ivermectin, all female mites were dead in 2 and 7 h, respectively. After 2 h exposure to 0.1mg/ml ivermectin, 32 ± 10.4% of mites were still able to molt successfully. After 7 h of exposure to 0.05 mg/ml ivermectin, 36 ± 14.2% of mites were still able to molt successfully (Fig 4).

What is the best insecticide for bird mites?

Effective insecticides include: permethrin, ß-cyfluthrin, or deltamethrin.

How do you get rid of bird mites permanently?

Our top recommendations for Bird Mite control is an application of Sterifab indoors and Supreme IT outdoors. Vacuuming and sanitizing your home is also essential for complete control.

Does ivermectin kill poultry mites?

Ivermectin and Permethrin must be used in conjunction with Elector PSP to effectively eradicate poultry lice and mites. The coop needs to be thoroughly cleaned and sprayed with Elector PSP prior to allowing the treated chickens back into the area.