Feather lice/mites types and treatment|Petsbirds

Dogs and cats, birds are also prone to external mites, especially during the peak season. As far as they are concerned, they are mainly lice. In order to prevent the arrival of its small animals particularly difficult to eliminate, it is necessary to adapt certain reflexes and to trust dedicated products.

External mites in birds

There are two types of lice that can contaminate birds: the grey louse, most commonly seen in domestic birds, and the red lice, which are more common in pigeon and chicken coop farms.

The grey louse or feathered louse lives directly on the bird. To feed, it ingests feathers as well as dead skin. Easy to detect, it is enough to spread the plumage in order to see or not of its presence.

Red lice are the toughest parasites and mainly concern the breeding of birds, pigeons, hens and quail.

They are very difficult to detect because unlike the grey louse, they do not live on the bird but in its environment. They only invade the animal at night in order to feed.

Also, it is rarer for domestic birds to be contaminated with this type of lice, but they can be contaminated indirectly. For example, you may be in contact with a contaminated animal or infested area and transport lice to your home, which then infest your birds.

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How do I know if my pet has lice?

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Whether it’s an infestation of grey lice or red lice, some symptoms can alert you.

When a bird is infested with grey lice, the quality of its plumage is greatly affected. Because the parasites live directly on him, he experiences skin problems, such as itching, and his feathers become dull and brittling.
Also, it grooms excessively and may be prone to pecking.
Finally, some individuals may have sleep disorders.

For red lice, the most common symptom is severe fatigue. Because parasites feed on the blood of their host, if they are numerous, they can significantly affect his health.

How can lice be prevented and treated?

It is difficult to control lice upstream, even if hygiene plays a key role and can be used as a prevention. In fact, parasites grow much more easily in a dirty environment. It is therefore imperative to maintain good hygiene in the living places of birds.

In order to effectively eradicate lice and provide your pet with beautiful plumage and a healthy environment, it is essential to treat him with pest control care for birds, but also his direct environment simultaneously.

For this, there are cleaning products sanitizing for cage, place of life and accessories. Ready to use and safe, because it is made up of natural assets, it can be used in the presence of the bird. Perfume lavender or lemon, it sanitizes the environment while leaving a sweet and pleasant fragrance.

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