I have had my Quaker parrot for 26 years. I have had 3 emergencies with him and 5 tumour removals. We have both survived these situations but right now I am frantic. I can't deal with bugs. Was cleaning the cage and saw some really tiny, almost microscopic bugs moving around. They were really tiny. I squished one with my finger and it was red. I don't know if that means they just had a midnight snack on my bird. Or, I read could be just the red pigment of the mite. I have no idea but I am freaked out. I put him in the carry cage and took the cage outside and hosed it down with bleach. I replaced his perches and cleaned his water and food bowls with hot water. So I am confident the cage is now clean but what about my bird? Where are these mites living because I can't see them during the day???? My bird is not scratching and is acting completely normal. I called the vet and I have appointment Noveber 5. They are busy and said this is more of a nuisance but not an emergeny. Really? Easy for the vet to say. What do I do until the vet appointment? I am so freaked out. There are no other animals in the house. Where did they come from??? Please help.