It’s not as though a bird can be sucked into your air conditioning unit, but the nasty little creatures that live on wild birds can. Many wild birds are affected by bird mites. These are tiny flea-like parasites that live in the bird’s feathers. They are little more than a mild annoyance to wild birds since the mites are regularly dislodged during the bird’s flight. You want to do everything you can to avoid having these bird mites enter your home via your air conditioner. So how can you avoid this from happening? And what are some of the warning signs you need to look out for?

Birds Around the Air Conditioner

These mites can only be sucked into your air conditioning unit if birds happen to congregate around your air conditioner’s air intake vents. This is unlikely to happen when the unit is in regular use since the noise is enough to keep birds away. If your unit has not been used for some time, such as after the winter months or if you’ve been on holiday, you need to inspect its external components. The external component of your air conditioner can make a tempting spot for perching, or even for nesting, especially if it’s sheltered under the eaves of your home. Brush away any feathers that you might find here before switching on the unit. Any nests will also need to be removed.

When Bird Mites Enter Your Home

If you forget to check for evidence of birds, then it’s possible for bird mites to enter your home. They are tiny and difficult to see with the naked eye, so perhaps one of the first signs is an unexplained itching. This might be accompanied with small red welts, much like flea bites. The mites cannot live on humans, but if they are continually entering your home, then they will continue to bite.

You need to check the external components of the unit to remove any evidence of birds, and you might need to have the whole unit cleaned and serviced. This is to ensure that any accumulated mites can be removed from the air conditioner’s ducts and evaporator. This should end the problem for you, but you need to be mindful of any pets you might have in your home as the bird mites will affect them as well.

With a little bit of care, you will ensure that bird mites do not enter your home via your air conditioner. For additional info on air conditioning maintenance, contact a local HVAC contractor.