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Gary from Denton, Texas writes

How long can bird mites live in a home once the nest is removed? We have heard many different answers.

We had birds build a nest in our stove exhaust fan vent and subsequently our home was infested with bird mites.


It all depends on the species of bird mite it was.  Northern fowl mite adults may survive up to 3 weeks off their host birds, but chicken mites may survive up to 8 months without a host.  Please read our "How to Get Rid of Bird Mites" article for further recommendations on how to speed up the process of eliminating them

Answer last updated on: 04/17/2014

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