Well it is that time of year for me that mites start becoming a problem. For the rest of the year the conditions don't seem to be right for them in my area.
For those who may be new to rodents, here is my regime for dealing with the little pests. Other members may have other useful ideas.
I spray my mice and rats with either of these things that I have on hand
dilute melawash small animal mite/mange spray or Vets all natural herbal wound spray - this is my favourite, it has aloe vera and tea tree oil in it which gets rid of the mites and seems to soothe any skin irritation they have. Spray them again after a week.
I clean their cage thorughly, saturating it in a bleach solution, malawash or phenyle, making sure it is goes into all cracks and joins - all 3 seem to do the job. Try and dry them in the sun if you can find any. I loathe the smell of phenyle but I do use it because it also gets rids of fleas and the mosquitos don't like it either. Make sure the cage is wiped out and dry before returning the mice or rats. Repeat the process in 1 week.
I also give them plenty of nutrigel for 2 reasons. Firstly, mites are debilitating blood suckers that can make them lose condition quickly. Secondly, they always seem to be most attracted to sickly or elderly animals.