Red mites can be one of the biggest problems you can face while keeping birds, especially during the warm summer months when they are most rife. As they are nocturnal, you may not have ever seen them as during the day they hide in the cracks and crevices of the poultry house and only emerge at night to take a feed of blood. After feeding they return to their hiding places to digest the blood and breed. If conditions are just right; from one egg hatching to the mite maturing to adulthood and laying hundreds of eggs of its own can take as little as one week, meaning they can multiply at an alarming rate if not kept under control. To make matters worse, adult mites can survive for months in a dormant state, and mite eggs too can keep for months without hatching.