Getting rid of bird mites

Ask any exterminator how to get rid of bird mites and they’ll give you some pretty good advice. “Get rid of the nest and you get rid of the mites.” Well I’m happy to say that this can and does work if you catch it quick enough and you indeed only have one source or nest. While some report bird mites can feed on humans the truth is they’ll only last a few weeks without a bird as a host but they do bite and it is very irritating. The itching and redness can last for weeks and most who are bitten have a feeling of invisible crawling things on them which would drive anybody mad after awhile.

Avian mites are parasites of birds, ANY bird and feed off the host much like a bed bug. They are clear or white in color until they feed where they’ll turn reddish brown. Their numbers can get up in to the tens of thousands with just a small nest of birds as hosts and can literally infest the walls, carpets and any surface. The more nests, the more mites and the more sleepless nights you may have. Mites are most active from sundown to sun up and tend to stay inactive on hot dry days. The mite is very small but with a little magnification you can spot them. They are known to infest bird seed containers and if you look very close you can see the movement of heavily infested seed storage.

How to get rid of mites

As mentioned you should remove any and all nests including those outside. Normally this doesn’t include the one high up in a tree so don’t go there but often times we allow a bird to build it’s nest just outside our window or up in a gutter so we can have the pleasure of watching them build and raise their young. This is the most classic way that a home gets infested and since the little buggers are most active at night you could be losing sleep and having reactions all in the name of watching nature at its finest. Other times the nest is not so easily located and places like the attic should be checked. I’ve seen where birds have built on or next to air ducts in the attic and the tiny mites either enter the ducts through a hole or simply find there way down in the home through the drywall cut outs for ceiling lights such as recessed lighting. Removing the nest is again paramount but treating this area can be difficult with all the insulation that provides cover.

Soap and water is probably your best friend to combat bird mites. Borax can be quite effective and can be safely used on many surfaces. Scrubbing the exterior window sill or using a hose end sprayer if it’s up to high will kill many of the mites and what it doesn’t get it should displace rinsing them harmlessly to the ground where they will soon die if they do not find another host. Inside scrubbing should include the general area and make sure to get some mix in the tiny cracks and crevices where you can. Mites hide out in those spots and will live through the ordeal if they are passed up. Steam cleaning the carpets in the same area (room) is also highly recommended.

Now scrubbing drywall or up in the attic is not practical and will cause water staining with to much application. For this type of area or say around your computer desk with all those cords you might want to use a pyrethrum aerosol. CB 80 or 40 aerosols would do nicely and give you instant relief. There is no real residual with these products so re-application may be necessary. Laundering any bedding or curtains helps out greatly and make sure to check any pets bedding in the vicinity as well.

What to do if it’s your bird?

The best way to check for mites in a bird cage is to put a light sheet over and on the floor around the cage for the night. If you have what looks like pepper splattering in the morning you most likely have mites infesting your bird. (you can also use this white sheet in other areas to test for mites) At this point you need to really clean that cage from stem to stern. Birds are very susceptible to insecticidal sprays especially so close and for that reason I would not spray anything. You should at this time check the seed storage bin and throw it away if you have mites in there. You can freeze the seed for a week or so to kill the mites but why chance it? Anything like climb ropes should be discarded and the bird will need a vet to have anything done to it. Continue to use the sheet for monitoring for a week or more afterwards so you can be sure you’ve gotten all of them.

Still have mites?

If after all this you still have the pesky avian mite it is time to call in a pro. It’s not an everyday occurrence for most companies (including mine) to get that call and I’ve found more mites that the people didn’t even know they had than I’ve gotten calls for. In most cases it rarely takes more than removing the nest and treating with the flushing aerosol. One call did involve mites in a duct-Not wanting to spray inside the airway we simply cleaned what we could, repaired the duct and taped off the open vent. The tape captured a ton of mites that got blown to it every time the air went on and the problem was solved.

I’ve read horror stories on the web about whole house fumigations as the only answer to help these poor tortured people. Well, I don’t know if you can believe everything you read on your computer screen but could it get that bad? Well, it is possible I guess but I’ve never seen it. I guess you could say, it just mite.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • I think you’re doing fairly well…. No bites or sightings is your best clue that you were able to get things under control. I’d rest easy…stay vigilant with looking for a few more days but… take a deep breath and try and put your mind at ease 😉

  • Michelle

    Yesterday morning I noticed clusters of small black “dots” in our bathroom – after noticing this I noticed I had a few crawling on my arms and legs. We soon found that the birds nest outside the bathroom window was covered in them – the baby birds left the nest the night before and left us a nice going away gift. The mites were on the sink, toliet and around the window – the room closest to the nest – I haven’t seen any in other parts of the house.
    We removed the nest, sprayed inside and outside the window and the bathroom with a mite spray that kills them. After returning home last night – we saw a few stragglers in the kitchen (kitchen in the room next to the bathroom that had the mites) but that was it. We sprayed again this morning and haven’t seen any more “friends” since. Neither my husband or I have any bites – I still have that creepy crawly sensation – which I’m hoping goes away soon – as I haven’t had any more crawling on me.
    My concern now is about the eggs that they may have laid – if this has happened – when should we expect to see babies and another round of these things in our house? Is there anything we can do to prevent this from happening???
    Thanks – M

  • raz

    Hey, people living in Phoenix can still have an internal infestation of bird mites. We are in Nevada and have had them for over a year now.

  • Stay vigilant but hopefully that’s the end of it.

  • Jenna

    We’ve had this mite for five months now. We’ve contacted state agencies, and everything. Nobody will do anything for us. We can demonstrate them living around on the ceilings. Why aren’t experts up to date on this? And YES, they can infest clothing. We had to throw them out. They didn’t die from standard wash and dry cycles. Why? I have NO idea.

  • SM

    This is a followup to my previous message. In early October, 2014 we found what appeared to be red mites on our pet budgie and in his cage (don’t know the source but our birds were boarded for a month in August, when we were in Costa Rica). Life then, rather rapidly, turned into a nightmare for us. UC Davis tentatively identified a photo of the mite as Ornithonyssus, but because the infestation lasted so long we believe that it was likely Dermanyssus gallinae. I became infested with the mite, that is, they infested my hair. This is very unusual and our doctors were at a loss to explain what was occurring, as they had never encountered this before. At times, I’d have 30 or more bites on my back. My husband had some too but not the number or intensity that I experienced. When I went to the doctor, he/she wouldn’t touch me, only look and diagnose that they were some kind of bite. I felt as though I was losing my mind.

    We lost both of our pet birds because our house (and family) had such a terrible infestation. After moving in and out of our house over a 5 month period we decided to leave permanently for 3 further months. In total we had 3 fumigation treatments,1 failed house tenting (the gas concentration they used was too low), replacement of flooring in 2 rooms, and complete sealing of all access points for rodents. We nearly destroyed 2 cars by constantly heating them in order to kill them. At this time, Sept. 2015, I believe that we are finally free of mites. The cost? At least $25,000. The mental anguish, stress, and depression that our family has gone through is unbelievable and…priceless. At this time, I feel as though I’m experiencing something close to PTSD. At some level, I think they could return any day as we near the one year anniversary…

    No one can imagine what this is like unless they’ve experienced it. It feels like something from an Outer Limits or Twilight Zone episode. No one can really understand. We are rebuilding our lives now and trying to heal from the devastation that this has caused.

    P.S. When we moved out of our house, the mite infestation went away, albeit after several weeks. We didn’t bring them with us, so we knew that we were getting reinfested every time we returned home…our house was infested.

  • SM

    They will die in the washer and dryer. Use the hottest water and add a bit of Borax, then dry on the hottest setting with a few dryer sheets. Don’t throw away your clothes (or any of your other belongings). Everything can be treated.

    Been there.

  • SM

    I realize this is a bit late but they develop from egg to egg laying adult in 5-7 days assuming they have a host to provide blood meals. The gravid females will lay their eggs though and I believe that the egg will develop into the larval stage without a blood meal. The larvae can still crawl (even with 6 legs) and bite and probe and drive you crazy.

    Try to isolate the part of your house that is contaminated. We spread them everywhere before we knew we had them and our entire house became heavily infested.

  • SM

    You must have a host other than yourself. i.e., a bird or rodent host, not human. They can’t develop into adults on human blood. The larvae can crawl, bite, infest your hair, nose, etc. and make you crazy but they can’t develop further. Without a host, they will eventually die off. It’s not possible to have them for years unless your house has a constant supply of hosts to support them.

  • SM

    We tried Kleen-Free and it did nothing. A total waste of money and time, although some people have reported that it worked for them. Perhaps it’s effective on some mites…

  • Jenna

    Hi sir or madam. I appreciate the advice. What about large quilts? My boyfriend’s stuff was infested and I traveled huundreds of miles to get to there even took precautions. Please help us because they obviously nest in fabrics… somehow it’s amazing but scary. I am hoping it won’t end my relationship. Serious when I say the health departments and CdC should be ashamed for being so useless. We are young and could never imagine this happening and we can’t afford heat treatments

  • SM

    Take your large comforters, pillows, etc to a laundromat and find a commercial sized dryer that gets fairly hot. Heat everything for at least an hour. This should kill /desiccate the mites.

    We also heat treated items that could not be put in the dryer (shoes, purses, belts, etc) in an oven at 135F for several hours. You need an oven that you can regulate at this low temperature.

    Heat treatment of our house was ineffective because they heated it in separate sections and the mites would move from the one being heated to a cooler section, etc. The mites would be gone for a couple of days after treatment (likely in the basement or somewhere in the house where they didn’t affect us, then they’d return to our living areas).

    I know what you’re going through. Keeping everything treated was a full-time job, very depressing, and isolating. Of the friends and family who we told, no one had ever heard or experienced anything like it.

    If you have left the house where you were initially infested, it’s likely that you’ll be able to get rid of them fairly easily from your clothing, etc.

  • SM

    Also, I also forgot to mention to encase your mattresses and box springs in dust mite covers.

    If you are still living in the infested house, you need to get rid of the host before you have any hope of getting rid of the mites. Find and remove the source (bird or rodent nest) and you’ll eventually fix the problem, although it might take a bit of time depending on the level of infestation and type of mite.

    It took us nearly 8 months to get rid of them so we assume they were D. gallinae.

    My heart goes out to you.

  • brenda

    Had a house sit vacant for over 1 year. Over winter & summer in Midwest. New tenants moved in in January. They say they are being bitten by bugs of some sort. Said they were told they were bird mites from an old birds’ nest outside the window air conditioner with a small inway to the bedroom. Can they live that long on old nest over winter and summer and then come into house?

  • ovi

    I dont think i have a bird nest around my flat. however i belive i brought with me some mites from a hotel I recently stayed. It is more than a week having all the symptoms, just i couldnt see the creatures. I tried oils, vinegar..etc My experience so far shows that they dont like cold like any other bugs, turning on the a/c will slow them down. Menthol or eucaliptus works, i bought VapoRub with menthol and putting it on over the body gives a goodnight’s sleep. It smells heavy though. Baby oil(even mixed with other essential oils) definetely not helping, tried. Microwaving tshirts is a goodway of getting rid of any living organism on the tshirt. Dont put trousers, jeans or any other metal containing(button, zipper..etc) cloths in microwave. I renewed the vacuum with a powerful one and bought a steam cleaner, too. I will start daily cleaning with vacuum, steam and mopping with vinegar as of tomorrow. If i progress well, i will post here. Diatomacous earth i couldnt find around, interestingly it is not in markets around here and ebay-amazon is expensive when shipping is added. cheers, i will get those s.o.b’s

  • Maria

    Last week I noticed those tiny black bugs coming out of my hair. Too small to be lice & bed bugs. I washed my cat in flea/tick shampoo & changed the bedding in my room & I still had them. I kept getting more & more from my head & couldn’t figure it out. I called the Bug Man & the nicest guy came & sprayed my room, bathroom & closet. He said my cat would be ok but I’m still nervous. He said it’s a mite just not sure what kind. He said it shouldn’t spread to other areas of the house but I have kids who go in my bathroom (where they are) & lay in my bed (found some on floor under my bed). They are still in my hair! How do I get them out, will my cat be ok, & do I need to worry about them spreading. I have birds that fly around outside but see no nests. I am the only in my family so far that has them on them. They are small & black. I’ve seen them through a magnifying glass & they have black & white bodies, clear legs (6 with long antennas) & walk fast. I have no bites to my knowledge but I want them gone! Any help would be much appreciated!!!! God bless!!!

  • It’s tough to comment since WE don’t know what type of mite you have… I’ll be waiting for the update.

  • If the nest and host is still there…sure

  • Dee

    I can’t seem to find anywhere how easily bird mites can spread to others. We caught our issue within the first week and are doing everything possible that we can find to take care of it as soon as possible and have already seen improvements and bites (I’m the new host) down to only a few more a day. However before knowing, I visited a couple family members and did have a friend over. Do I need to worry about them as well?

  • shonicalake

    you are absolutely correct and just washing the clothes in hot water does not work. The clothes have to soak in a solution of ammonia, borax, and something called Pine Glo in addition to the detergent overnight in order to drown them. Also NEWS FLASH! bird mites do swim.

  • hadleyeng

    About 3 weeks ago, the bird nest near my AC became vacant. This was also around the time it started to get warm outside, so I turned my AC on and needless to say my room was swarmed with bird mites (in the 1000s). I sprayed that week and have been cleaning thouroughly since. Its been 3 weeks, and they are almost all gone. I still see some stragglers here and there – but its down to about 2-3 a day. No bites. My question is – do I still need to do something with the nest outside my window? Its been empty for almost 4 weeks now so I’m not sure how many bird mites are still around since there is no host. My super replaced my AC with a new one, but I noticed he didn’t remove the whole nest. Do I still have something to worry about?

  • hadleyeng

    From my experience, they don’t easily spread. I had a bad infestation about 3 weeks ago and stayed with my boyfriend for the week and didn’t bring any over with me. Not only that, but the mites haven’t even spread to other areas of my apartment – they only stayed in my room. Just keep cleaning and I think you’ll be fine. There are a lot of horror stories online about bird mites so just try to not worry.

  • Good advice

  • I wouldn’t – There’s a ton of misinformation out there but just stay vigilant and call the appropriate service providers if need be.

  • nick

    Woke up about 5 days ago and my son was playing by the back door of the apartment (3rd floor). He said he had bugs on him. I looked and sure enough had bird mites crawling on his legs. We had a swallows nest show up while on vacation. Knowing there were eggs in it my wife wouldn’t let me remove (hindsight is 20/20). We left them and they brought us a nice gift. These mites were literally everywhere on the balcony. I went out and used a mop and ammonia water to wash everything before they started getting on my feet. Threw everything even my clothes away. Put my hat in a Ziploc in the freezer. Left the nest because at this point there were babies. Used painting tape to seal up the entire back door and window. These are brand new apartments so there are minimal entry points. Went out tonight and the birds flew off. Knocked the nest down into a bucket of ammonia water (still some nest left) because it is on the fire sprinkler and requires a different approach. But i dowsed what was left in flea/bedbug spray until it was dripping. Continued to ammonia wash the entire back porch. Spraying bug barrier afterwards, re taping the door and calling it a night. Still seeing them crawling outback in disbelief. These things are tough. Have not seen any anywhere but about a 3 ft radius around the back door. Going to go out tomorrow with bleach water and more bug spray and continue this process until we no longer have any mites.

    Is this a good approach or should I be doing something different? Also shampooed the carpets and vacuuming twice per day. I hear these things can’t live with human hosts, but I also hear some people can’t get rid of them for months. Please advise and thanks in advance.

  • Petra

    Hi Nick. did you have any luck getting rid of the bird mites with your cleaning strategy? I have the same problem!

  • Jenny

    Hi everyone, I just found there are birds coming out of the attic through a couple broken vents. They must have nested in the attic. After reading so many horror stories of bird mites on the internet, I am extremely worried about bird mites invading my house. A bird control guy will do inspection in a week, but he said if the birds are protected, he has to leave them there. I am so worried that one day the birds left the nests without notifying me, and the mites will immediately find way into our house. Do all birds carry bird mites? How to make sure the bird control guy will safely remove the nests from the attic without introducing any mites into my room?

  • Angela Farris

    So glad to hear a relaxed commentator about this situation. We’ve been fighting these darned mites for about 2 months now. We are winning the battle, I think, but my poor dogs (I have 4 small dogs) are taking the brunt of the situation. We’ve gone to the vet and they suggested they take medication for ticks, which I think was Bravecto, but I can tell they are still bothered. Anyone have any suggestions on how to effectively treat my fur babies?

  • When it comes to pets I defer to the Vet…. Did you have the mites positively ID’d?

  • Bird control specialist should be well equipped for this…. I’d let them do what’s necessary… (verify what you can)

  • Angela Farris

    Yes. I caught one and my exterminator identified it as a bird mite. He’s trying to develop a plan of attack. Have been putting DE on the dogs to help them. But they go to their ears and its so uncomfortable for them.

  • Michael DK

    Really sorry to hear about this Sara, did the problem resolve? A lady of your age should not be bothered by these horrible bugs. I’ve been through it for 5 months and it’s been hell at times. I hope the situation resolved now after two years 🙂

  • BunnyLuv Mac

    I knew I didn’t like you. Overcompensating much? Leave the birds alone. You have no right to take their lives. Dumb-ass.

  • Lauren

    I have a few questions that I’d really like to be answered please:
    My dad brought a bird house into our home as he was fixing it and left it in the kitchen for few days. My parents both started getting bites, so we immediately thought they were bird mites. A week later we used fog bombs in the affected rooms and also used Keen green as well as DE on the carpets. We’ve been spraying our clothes with tea tree mixes and other pesticides. (Is tea tree a good way to kill bird mites?) How long can these mites live in clothes without a bird host and also how long can they live on a human for without a bird host?? I know the eggs can hatch into larvae without a blood meal, but can these larvae reproduce too?? I’m so worried, we’ve been dealing with this for over a month now. We’ve been staying in hotels as we’re too scared to stay/sleep in our home. I have now returned to my house in Paris after a fairly long stay at home- while the mites were it possible I’ve transferred them here with me in my clothing?
    People always say they die in a few weeks, but why is it I always see people posting about how they’ve had bird mites for over a year?
    Thanks so much for any advice. It’s really appreciated!!

  • Frantze Morris

    Just mites!!!!
    Wow. Well In my case the infestation has gone
    now for 3 months. The first month I imagined it was bird mites because
    we had a pigeon that would always hang out on top of our air conditioner
    condenser, which we took out as well as the evaporator and threw it
    out. I bombed the house every week with so many things.. cypermethrin,
    amitraz, dichlorvos, fogged with fipronil and nyguar combined , as
    others, with no luck!
    At the end of the first month i was able to
    capture two samples one an adult another one a nymph, the adult with
    blood ( my blood) which were identified by an entomologist as
    Ornythinyssus bursa or Topical Fowl mite. We´ve done it all.. cleaned
    thoroughly, vacuumed every day, cleaned walls and ceilings with bleach
    or amonia, with no luck. This is a nightmare before Chrismast, because
    it started at the end of November. My life has changed completely, so if
    you have any suggestions would apreciate it. Our humidity here is 80%.
    Bought a dehumidifier, and currently using an ozone generator to see if
    that works… but I´m running out of ideas.

  • Get your mite identified as in the comment above.

  • You went the extra mile to get your ID. Very good-,I’d suggest the same with getting it treated. Call a pro.

  • susan

    I have a robin nest with four eggs on my porch on our wood pile should we move it?

  • Simon

    We have had bird mites positively identified and started showing symptoms (bites) about two weeks ago. We are about to leave for a five week vacation. I have two questions, can they travel with us? And could we have an infestation when we get back?

  • Simon

    I should mention that we found a dead starling in our yard and think that was the host since we haven’t found any nests or other sources. We buried the bird.

  • Bethany Vale

    As a pest control consultant specializing in mite cases, I’ve dealt with thousands of bird mite cases in the last eight years. Some mite cases are straightforward and others are horrifyingly complex. In the New England states, mites are more likely to carry invasive fungal microbes that spread like a virus and debilitating bacterial diseases like Lyme and Bartonella. With repeated bites, these microbes build up in the body and actually make victims more attractive to mites. With so many co-infections, the victim becomes a walking target for micro tiny pests. It’s a horrifying problem to have, and many people spend years trying to solve their parasite issues. As one pest control person to another, I want to send my love and warn you not to enter a mite infested home without proper protection. Wear plastic goggles and cover your head with a shower cap. Put cotton in your ears. Saturate your shoes, socks and pant legs with a strong repellent. You could also wrap your legs with saran wrap. (No, I’m not kidding….) You could even wear old shoes that you don’t mind throwing away after you finish treating a mite infested home. For additional safety tips, feel free to contact me at Stay well, my friend. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

  • Olga Cassada

    Hi we have a nest with baby birds in a hanging pot on the porch and one we couldn’t get to on the house. Today when checking on the baby bird the kids and I found a swarm of tiny bugs all around the nest and on the plant. The kids never came close but I threw everything in the wash machine on sanitize cycle and took a long and hot shower with lots of scrubbing. Then I got online…!
    After reading all this Now I am worried. Should I get rid of the nest? It’s not direct on the house. And one is high up on the gutter we can’t get to only buy climbing on the roof. Nobody shows signs of being bitten yet.
    Thank you for any and all help

  • Tina Smith

    A friend of mine has had bird mites for 3 years and she cannot get rid of them off her body! She caught them outside from a neighbor’s dirty bird house in Seattle. Their entire house was infested horribly. They only got it clean after tossing out everything they owned, and I mean everything, furniture, clothes, etc, and using everything known to man to clean the carpets and walls. She became host to the bird mites, but her family, luckily did not. She goes through periods during winter time where she might not feel the mites crawling or biting her skin, but summer is hell. They become active and aggressive on her body, especially at night. They are in her eyes, nose, and mouth, too, and is a challenge to keep them at bay. She said avocado oil has been very effective against them. Mites hate this oil. The avocado is hated by pests! The pure avocado oil used for cooking is great, and cheap. It also heals up all the sores, lesions, and bites. She has tried everything…she cannot find a cure against them on her body. But, she does notice after 3 years she is not contagious nor do the mites leave her body and infect her clothes or furniture. She believes they have grown up under her skin and have no desire to leave her body (the host). They live under her skin, despite what others might say. She has found egg pods under her skin and often they pop up.
    Buy D-limonene pure oil (from orange and lemon peels) on Amazon and spray this all over body and house….repels and kills them.

  • Tina Smith

    Not everyone is as lucky as you. My friend has them hosting on her body for 3 years now, and it took over a year to get them out of her house. She had the house sprayed by a professional too, but it did not work. The horror stories are real for many people.

  • Tina Smith

    You are 100% right! They do live on humans and hatch eggs under the skin. I am so sorry for you. My friend is going through hell, too. Been 3 years for her with these parasites.

  • Gail

    I sent clothes, etc to get heat treated. What temperature do they need, to kill bird mites? So weird, since some say they go away after a couple weeks, and then these stories about years. Even pest companies don’t believe there’s a problem. It’s been 5 weeks, treated by professional, and all clothes and fabrics taken out to be treated. They were supposed to come back and spray a week later, but the chemicals on the sofa were making my hands dry up, peel and bleed, just from touching them.

  • Karen

    How has this worked out for you with the traveling? Update please.

  • Karen

    Did you leave and travel Rachel? What were the results please?

  • Karen

    Thank you and God bless you for your trials and tribulations with these awful pests. We believe we also have the d. gallinae version and are considering moving to another state for several months allowing the house to sit vacant over winter. These things have now heavily invaded us. I have been doing everything everyone does and more to combat them inside our home. We saw the infested nest under our deck in June of 2017, removed it and immediately began spraying with chemicals. They came in to our house also through a vent. Anyway, my question is this: can you please detail what you did upon leaving your home as to not infest any other places and what you did for your body, etc. Thanks so much!

  • John Wuethrich

    buy a dehumidifier for every room and take the humidityh down to 35 percent is my current plan of attack. in my case the apt company has to authroize a pro. so guy comes out with out a microscope or magnifiying glass and calls everything dust or lint then ttried convincing my dad I was nuts. “come on dad we could really use your help dad:” the jack ass kept saying. I told him I thought bird mites but him and the apt company guy kept going back to. those are too little to be bed bugs. total gas light. easier to paint me crazy than have on record one of their buildings has this infestation.