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Michelle writes,

What will kill bird mites in the back yard and patio furniture?

We had a bird's nest outside our back patio door. We also found a dead baby bird covered in mites. I got rid of the bird in a near by field. My daughter went outside on the back porch and came back in with about 20-30 mites all over her. I got her in the shower and washed her up. I did some research on line and found out to get rid of the abandoned nest which has been abandoned for a couple of days now as we have been watching the birds in it. I got the nest down and sprayed and saturated the nest with pest control spray. Then to my discovery the mites were all over my patio furniture as well, so I sprayed them too. I feel like I need to spray the entire back and front yard and the furniture. Is there anything else you recommend for this. Never had this problem til about a day ago. What else could I do for the inside of the house since my kids did go in the backyard today and may have brought a few in.


Getting rid of the bird nest is always the best course of action. The bird mites that may have made it inside on your children will die very quickly due to lack of a food source and an appropriate environment. For outdoor treatments, you can use Onslaught Insecticide. You can spray your front and back yard but you cannot spray your patio furniture. Patio furniture should be washed with soap and water and allowed to dry in the sun.

Answer last updated on: 06/17/2011

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