Pigeon tick

Pigeon tick

Pigeon tick

(Latin: Argas rcflexus)

This is a bird parasite which may occasionally occur in the house. It is much larger than the red poultry mite and has a leathery, oval, red-brown body. The mouth parts are situated on the underside of the body and are not normally seen. Pigeon ticks which occur particularly in dovecotes have similar habits to poultry mites, but they can survive without food for a longer period. There have been cases where pigeon ticks have appeared 2-3 years after the birds are gone. They may sometimes bite humans.