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    Feb 28, 2016, 10:56 AM
    Bird mites
    Will boric acid work better than borax to kill bird mites?
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    Feb 28, 2016, 06:16 PM
    If the mites eat the boric acid, yes. Boric acid is a stomach poison. The borax available on the market is a detergent containing boric acid salts. It works by surface contact, dissolving the cuticle of the exoskeleton and dehydrating the insect.

    A much faster way to kill bird mites is the use of a pyrethroid insecticide, which interferes with insect nervous systems. Diatomaceous earth is slower but still faster than borates.
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    Feb 29, 2016, 04:22 AM
    Catsmine - is it true that bird mites are extremely difficult to get rid of, no matter what method?
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    Feb 29, 2016, 02:49 PM
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    Catsmine - is it true that bird mites are extremely difficult to get rid of, no matter what method?
    The problem is always getting rid of the source. Often that is a bird's nest in the eaves or a rodent's nest in the walls. Once the source is removed, eliminating them is fairly straightforward.

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