Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:12 PM
I will caution anyone, when collecting bird nests, for whatever reason. Wear gloves when initially handling them, and do not bring them inside. Many nests are infested with bird mites. These little parasitic critters, are tiny, breed fast, and are hard to kill.
We had a nest in one of our architectural beams on the outside of the house. I didn't give it much thought until my wife woke up with bites, as well as seeing some tiny things crawling on her phone near the bed. They came through the walls, into our bedroom.
After some research, we figured out what they were. I got rid of the nest, which had a couple dead birds in it, which is why the mites started looking elsewhere. We then "nuked" the house with cleaners and insecticides. We washed everything; walls, floors, bedding, etc. Luckily we found them early, and took extreme measures to deal with them.
A year after that, we had another nest, on another part of the house. I got rid of it, and looked at my gloves. Sure enough, more mites crawling on them.
"Anything worth believing, is worth questioning"