Hi Missy Denver. Still posting, I see, but under whatever name you feel at the moment. Bird mites DO burrow under the skin. When you say "generally" can you be more specific? They HAVE to burrow to lay eggs and continue with life cycle.Langoliers: There are a few differences between scabies and bird mites, noting that there are several kinds of bird mites.
From what I can see and from what I have read the main difference appears to be:
1) Where are the mites on the body
Scabies mites live in the skin. They tend to burrow inside the skin. The classic 'burrow lines' usually appear.
Bird mites live on the skin. They can bite hard - like a mosquito or small ant or spider bites - but generally don't burrow
2) Where are the mites in the environment?
Scabies tends to live in the places where they will find you again quickly. Your bed. Your clothes. Your lounge and chairs.
Bird mites get everywhere. They can live anywhere in the house and can infest cupboards, walls, ceilings, powerpoints, books, anything.
While scabies gets into your environment, they need their host. Bird mites will be everywhere, all over the floor etc.
Iver generally targets and kills scabies more than bird mites. This is because the scabies are in the skin, whereas the bird mites are on the skin.
Bird mites can infest a location for months, and still be there, waiting, when you come back. I write this from personal experience. I have stuff from a year ago with bird mites in it.. open it up and they come rushing out. I assume that this means that bird mites can hibernate.
From what I can tell, scabies doesn't survive for months without a host.
Skin scrapings will show scabies / eggs / etc more easily than bird mites. In my experience it is very hard to catch a bird mite on the hop. It was only when I had thousands on me and they were all adult form that it was easy to see them.
Bird mites generally show up in the environment as black or white dots when they are in adult form. Put a piece of clean black plastic on the floor and wait. If after 10 to 20 minutes it becomes covered with white dots.. well.. there are your specimen examples.
In my experience, with the mites I have, you constantly feel the bird mites 'jumping' and 'crawling' around the feet and legs. They also crawl all over the skin and will bite any sensitive skin - eyelids are the current favourite.
So, have a look at your symptoms and make a list of the specific problems you are having. Don't rule out that you may have more than one problem.
The eggs of the bird mites may lay dormant for a length of time in the environment. Once a host is near, the carbon dioxide emitted from the body and the heat emitted from the host body and movement from the host body will signal a hatching of the egg. You will be their target within minutes.
Bird mites do NOT jump. White girls from Denver can't jump, either. I thought you were concentrating on canine scabies mites??? What happened? So, you and Missy Denver are using the "scientific" approach now? Can you be more specific?