Levittown woman quarantined for bird mites

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They look like tiny black specks and their bites feel like pinpricks. And worst of all for Nina Bradica, the bird mites that have infested her chest and pelvis feel like they are everywhere, she said. Full Story
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Lunachk

Yorktown Heights, NY

#2 Jun 7, 2008
When I first heard a portion of the story, I thought this woman HAD to be an elderly, possibly even invalid, woman. Someone interviewed at the house said she had them coming out of her nose, ears, and other parts of her body. How could this woman become so infested with these mites & not know it until it got to this point?!?!?!
Jerry Steurerman

New York, NY

#3 Jun 8, 2008
good question, don't have an answer though
Death Race

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Jun 8, 2008
Some people are just dirty and not too concerned. Most of us shower regularly and see a doctor when something is noticeably wrong. Then you have people who sit around in feces and have festering pustules.
Duh

West Babylon, NY

#5 Jun 8, 2008
The nest was in a bathroom vent pipe so maybe everytime she went into the bathroom to do her absolutions the mites were able to infest her. The landlord should have fumigated the place and removed the nest.

Obviously,there is more here than meets the eye. Two family home that was obviously not owner occupied.......

Can we say slum lord!

Town of Hempstead where are you?
Cranium

New York, NY

#6 Jun 8, 2008
The landlord probably is connected to the Nassau GOP - they never jail on of their own.
Sean

Howard Beach, NY

#7 Jun 9, 2008
Lunachk wrote:
When I first heard a portion of the story, I thought this woman HAD to be an elderly, possibly even invalid, woman. Someone interviewed at the house said she had them coming out of her nose, ears, and other parts of her body. How could this woman become so infested with these mites & not know it until it got to this point?!?!?!
Your a moron...this person is my mother and I will tell you that she had no damn choice to live with them! The hospital does not even know how to treat her for this and it just goes to show how ignorant people like yourself are! Do you think that if she could have prevented this that she would have?! How would you like these things feasting on you?! The landlord should have given her what she asked for it is a required thing to have an exterminator if something is amiss and especially when it is of this importance. If you read other cases of this you will see that people live with this for years until they die on their own because doctors do not know how to treat it. Your an ignorant person. Grow up maybe read a book!
Honch

Nesconset, NY

#8 Jun 9, 2008
Hey scuzz - hope your birds fly the coop!!!
Paris Hilton

Paterson, NJ

#9 Jun 9, 2008
I have read about this. I still do not understand why it can not be treated. I also know how hard, if not impossible it is to get rid of the infestation in the home. Too sad and heartbreaking. I will pray for your mom.
Mass Chick

AOL

#10 Jun 27, 2008
I also had a mite infestation, but at first thought they were fleas. Then the bites were huge, red, hot and SO itchy. I looked online and called an exterminator, who was to come out and spray. There were wild birds and squirrels in the walls which caused this. I also have 6 cockatiels and was worried about them. Well, out of the blue I got very sick, shortness of breath, fever, and ended up in Intensive Care. I was hospitalized for 9 days for "Pneumonia" which I am not proned to at all. Once I came home, I took a flashlight and looked at my sheets etc at night. I nearly fainted. There were thousands on my sheets, pillow case, comforter etc, walking around. I then realized I was inhaling these HORRID THINGS and it made me sick just thinking about it. Im sure they got into my nose, ears, and lungs which is called HISTOPLASMOSIS..Finally had the place sprayed, boarded my birds, and I stayed in a Hotel for two days. Everything has been wonderful since BUT now one of my Cockatiels has them and I dont understand as the Vet said they were all clean while boarded out. But they hide, they are tiny. Now we have to start all over again. This type of infestation is a nightmare, even if you get exterminated..I want to move, but that is not an option. So seems we have to spray AGAIN and I fear my bird will die..This is horrible..
Mass Chick

AOL

#11 Jun 27, 2008
Honch wrote:
Hey scuzz - hope your birds fly the coop!!!
You are correct!Sorry about Mom
bird mite help

Prairie Village, KS

#12 Jun 28, 2008
I read the story and comments and I sympathize for both the woman and the landlord. I have done plenty of research about bird mites because I have been plagued by them as well. It is neither the fault of the woman or the landlord. The problem is doctors and society do not know much about bird mites. Unfortunately, unlike what the article says, bird mites are a threat and are very contagious. The mites need food too so they will look for anything for blood. Bird mites can live very long (maybe up to a year) on clothing or other inanimate objects without a blood meal. Unlike other mites, they can travel through the air, even in winter conditions, and sense differences in body temperature to find birds or people for blood. So if you come across someone who is affected, the mites can attract to you. Sometimes, they bother some people more than others in an office environment because they can communicate to let the other mites know who they are feeding on. More information is on birdmites.org , but it is important to remember in order to eliminate the problem, we must all accept their existence (although we cannot see them), and take a proactive approach to eradicating the mites. People can get bird mites anywhere: office, airplane, gym, mall, etc. rich or poor, clean or dirty. These things are very evil. If you are an employer, you need to set up a regular vacuuming schedule and immediately dispose of the bags, because sooner or later, the mites will catch up to you and your family. Also, there is a solution called Kleen Green on naturalginesis.com . This is the only non-toxic insecticide that has helped me. If you feel an itch, or start seeing uncommon acne like skin conditions on your body, it is important to let HR know. If everyone continues without saying anything, HR will not take to matter seriously and everyone will eventually be miserable. It's a growing problem. Unfortunately, I'm not a physician so I cannot get a book published regarding bird mites, otherwise I would because I care about people and a happy life. I hope the woman gets better. Those websites should help. Remember, vacuum alot (and get rid of the vacuum bags), take lots of showers (it takes about 4 hours to really dig in), wipe everything with Kleen Green (car, walls, ceilings, hair, etc), launder clothes as if there is a scabies outbreak, and do not go out much around others until you have it under control.
Mass Chick

AOL

#13 Jun 29, 2008
Thank you so much for your understanding and knowledge. I researched and found out my Cockatiels now have pet mites, which are grey, and do not bite humans just the birds. Is there any correlation between the two? I am now using Fantastik with Orange Oil to clean their trays, toys, and perches. Only one of my birds has broken wings (called wing mites) and I am cleaning her cage, twice a day, and I found spritzing her with cool water, stops the her from itching, but she is not out of the woods. While I cleaned the cages, I was bitten but they werent bird mites, and pet mites dont bite, so no clue what is going on. I am so tired of living like this, its just so hard. My head itches alot, but Im not getting bitten, so I assume I now have contact Dermatitis. These ARE evil, and can hide, and just when you thing they are gone, they're not. I am so proactive Im also exhausted..I also know that when I was getting bitten often, it caused a massive headache as well, and I guess thats another symptom..Thank you again, and I DO believe their is a light at the end of the tunnel.
bird mite help

Media, PA

#14 Jun 29, 2008
You are in a very unique situation because of your Cockatiels. You must really think about what is more important to you at this moment. I know from experience that mites cause severe depression. In order to fight and totally eradicate the problem, you must always think about the SOURCE of the problem. If you think mites resulted from birds and squirrels from your walls, you must make sure no more birds or squirrels can get into the walls (and die and start another nightmare). Then, buy a concentrated gallon of Kleen Green which should last awhile, and spray and wipe the whole place down- walls, floors, ceilings, tables, mattresses, etc. It is important to remember Kleen Green is only effective in the liquid state. When it dries, it no longer works. The way it works is when it comes in contact with the mites, it decomposes the mites from the outside in. This stuff is non-toxic so I recommend you call the folks at naturalginesis.com to confirm it is okay to spray the birds. The mites don’t know Kleen Green is bad for them so they do not react the same way as if you sprayed them with Fantastik or Lysol. You can also use Kleen Green in your hair. Believe me, the only two methods that I know to eradicate the problem is vacuuming (and immediately disposing of the contents) and Kleen Green. I have done everything from shaving my head to pouring gasoline in my hair. Another helpful tip is to keep a daily journal. Keep track of what you use, what’s bothering you, where, when, etc. You may come to the realization that you may have to part with your Cockatiels at this moment. As long as there is a source of food for the mites (birds or humans) and no one is doing anything to get rid of all of them, the mites will continually torture. Logically speaking, mites are not prejudice. Food is food. There is not enough study regarding bird mites so how can someone accurately tell you the mites only will bite birds. I know first hand, and I believe I am somewhat of an expert now, that bird mites bite humans and are very contagious. They are not going to abandon good human blood for the next bird that comes by. Some other tips, turn your hot water heater to 130 degrees, and launder everything in hot water. Add bleach to all your whites, and Borax to all your colors. Dry evertyhing in high heat, invert the clothes and dry again. If you can afford to get another vacuum, a very effective one is the Sebo Felix. This is a great vacuum because there is a cover on each vacuum bag. So every time you finish vacuuming, you can put the cover back on and not worry about the mites leaving the vacuum. I love my Felix and would not recommend any other vacuum to get rid of the mites. The worst vacuums are the bagless because the mites will make their way back out of the vacuum cleaner, or will feel like mace when you empty it out. I have faith that you can get rid of them. Once I understood their behavior, it was simpler to kill them. Remember, you need to spray everything—house, car, etc. continously because of the life cycle.
bird mite help

Media, PA

#15 Jun 29, 2008
For those of you that are reading this for information or help, if you are experiencing skin problems (acne looking welts on face, neck, chest, or dermatitis on elbows or privates, etc) and itching, even in your hair, chances are it is a bird mite problem.
Mass Chick

AOL

#19 Jul 10, 2008
Thank you. I have had the exterminator out here more times than I can count, its insane. I am losing some of my hair OMG. Pet mites are different as you know, than bird or rodent mites, so clean cages every day with the orange oil Fantastik but DONT spray the birds with that of course. Everything is soaked in hot water, then I vacuum, throw bag away and bathe, and wow its getting OLD. I have not seen any signs of "bird mites" but the downstairs neighbor called and said there are MORE birds above his bathroom ceiling, which is directly below my bathroom floor. I told the exterminator to get out here AGAIN..He is coming tomorrow. The problem is, the house is old, and although its a great old Victorian it needs siding, windows and gutters, or these things will continue to get in and bird mites will surface again!! I cant take that again,I just cant. I am looking for a place to move, as I cant live like this. I will purchase the Kleen Green, but is it only available online? Thank you SO much for your advice..By the way, IF there are no mites here, WHY does my head itch SO bad, is it contact Derm? The nightmare never ends..<sob>
Sympathetic

Freeport, NY

#20 Jul 11, 2008
Your a moron...this person is my mother and I will tell you that she had no damn choice to live with them! The hospital does not even know how to treat her for this and it just goes to show how ignorant people like yourself are! Do you think that if she could have prevented this that she would have?! How would you like these things feasting on you?! The landlord should have given her what she asked for it is a required thing to have an exterminator if something is amiss and especially when it is of this importance. If you read other cases of this you will see that people live with this for years until they die on their own because doctors do not know how to treat it. Your an ignorant person. Grow up maybe read a book!I feel really bad for your mom, I am going throuh my second infestation now. People have no idea what it is like. You can't see these creatures so it takes alot of research to deduce the problem. And once you find out, the proess of getting rid of them is exhausting.I feel alot sympathy for your mom. Has she gotten rid of the problem completely yet. There is a very helpful website called birdmites.org that has many strategies to helpfight bird mites. Good Luck! My heart goes out to you and your mom.
Mass Chick

AOL

#21 Jul 11, 2008
I found, if you take a flashlight, and a magnifying glass or with the naked eye, and check your sheets and bed, you CAN see them, even tho they are tiny, and I saw them moving around. But I made the mistake of ripping off all my bedding and putting it in a large trash bag, because while doing so, I was bitten alive. I saw hundreds and they literally made me sick. I dont see anymore, nor are we getting bitten, but more birds are in the walls, so I am praying the exterminator can get here ASAP AGAIN..This is no way to live. When this first started months ago, my son was sleeping on my sofa and HE got the brunt of the bites, but we didnt know what they were. He went to a dermatologist who diagnosed them as "bird mites." He then told us what to do. So some specialists know about these little monsters. He told us these mites love hair, thats why they chose my son, and not me. Once my son moved out, then they chose me, and as I said, even tho they are gone, I am still losing my hair..I see a dermatologist next week..This is NOT fun and its alot of work and stress...MC
Bonnie

International Falls, MN

#23 Jul 25, 2008
Sean wrote:
<quoted text> Your a moron...this person is my mother and I will tell you that she had no damn choice to live with them! The hospital does not even know how to treat her for this and it just goes to show how ignorant people like yourself are! Do you think that if she could have prevented this that she would have?! How would you like these things feasting on you?! The landlord should have given her what she asked for it is a required thing to have an exterminator if something is amiss and especially when it is of this importance. If you read other cases of this you will see that people live with this for years until they die on their own because doctors do not know how to treat it. Your an ignorant person. Grow up maybe read a book!
Your an idiot! You need to do some studying your self! I just had mites on myself and they give you cream for it and your also a liar because this women isn't your mother because it states in the log that the hospital is giving her cream while she is there. The cream is good, you put it on for 8 to 14 hours then wash off and repeat after a week! So before you go running your stupid mouth and trying to get people all pissy you might want to d your homework, idiot!
hopeful

United States

#24 Sep 5, 2008
You people who have no idea what you are mocking. I pray this (mites) never come upon you. You can read hundreds if not thousands of similar stories of people being infested w/ bird-mites. I should know I'm one of them. It started just like many of the scenerios I have read. I had an indoor- outdoor cat who obviously became infested after killing a bird. I thought the cat brought fleas into the house and immediately called the exterminator, to no avail. I was being bitten by invisible bugs. I bathed 6 times a day. By the way these mites don't wash off. I immediately went to the doctor, they didn't even look at my scalp or skin, they just said it was probably fleas from the cat originally and you think you still have them. What idiots. I took the cat to a vet. He said I don't see anything. I tried to explain about bird-mites and how they are invisible to the eye. I suggested he read birdmites.org . He did and said you can't believe everything you read. I can't believe how medical people aren't even willing to listen or give credit to their patients. I am a nurse and I know that if doctors don't know what it is they dismiss everything as psychological too many times. I have suffered w/ these evil mites for over one year now. Note I am a very clean person, mites have nothing to do w/ hygeine. I have found nothing to kill these things, permethrin cream is worthless. I've tried kerosene, gasoline, motor oil, vinegar, bug sprays and pesticides. I don't want any derogitory comments from idiots running their mouths. I'd rather die then live with these painful, tormenting mites. I do know that these mites become extremely active when around light from computers, movie screens and tv's. Oh by the way my dad who lives across the street became infested with these mites after his cat was sitting on his lap outside. All these bird-mite stories are similar, they all revolve around being infested from an indoor, outdoor pet or from a bird nest infiltration. I think that once this becomes a world epi-demic maybe the CDL will have to actually do something about it.
Dr K

New York, NY

#25 Sep 15, 2009
These things are real and terrible.

This site is helpful : http://www.shanspirations.org/...

very thoughtful people who had a terrible infestation and tried everything, and report on what helped.

This is another site with helpful information on it.

I note that both advise you about chemicals from the extreminator that do not help, as well as those that do and many things you can - have to - do yourself.

I am just dealing with this now. I don't have any animals and I live in a good quality older apartment building. I think they just came in with me somehow and bred, possibly inside the laptop which I used to leave on all the time.

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