Mite is a term commonly used to refer to a group of insect-like organisms (insects have 6 legs and Mites 8), some of which Bite or cause irritation to humans. While some Mites Feed on animals and people, others are scavengers, some feed on plants, and many feed on insects and other Bugs. There are nearly as many different types of mites as there are insects. Mites pass have four stages of development: egg, larva, nymph and adult. The larva only have 6 legs. Many types of Mites exist, some can be treated by Pest Control Methods, others require medical treatment. Mites belong to the Arachnoid class which includes Spiders and Ticks. Like Spiders, Mites have 4 pair of legs. Mites are usually microscopic in size and their body and legs are covered with long hairs. Parasitic Mites that occasionally infest buildings are usually associated with wild or domestic birds or rodents. Bird and Rodent Mites normally live on the host or in their nests, but migrate to other areas of the structure when the animal dies or abandons the nest. Rodent Mites often become a nuisance after an infestation of mice or rats has been eliminated. People usually become aware of the problem when they are attacked by Mites searching for an alternate food source. Their bites cause moderate to intense itching and irritation. Rodent and Bird Mites are very tiny, but usually can be seen with the naked eye. Chiggers are the larvae of a family of Mites that are sometimes called Red Bugs. Human Scabies are very small and are rarely seen. They commonly attack the thin skin between the fingers, the bend of the elbow and knee, the penis, breasts, and the shoulder blades. These require medical attention.
Most Mites are almost microscopic. Some are impossible to see with the naked eye. There are four pairs of legs. They range in colors from transparent to red.
Yes many species of Mites will Bite people these include; Bird Mites, Tropical Rat Mites, Chiggers, Itch Mites and Scabies. Many Mites feed on plants. Spider Mites are common plant pests. House Dust Mites are found in most homes. They are microscopic, closely associated with us, but they are not Parasitic and do not bite.
Mite Bites may cause itchy red marks that can resemble a skin rash. The irritation may be real or imagined. Real, meaning by a Mite Bite or also real from other allergens. These allergens could be from dust, a new soap, shampoo, laundry detergents, perfume, the list is endless. It could even be from an item that you have used your entire life, people change as they age. Or it can be imagined due to a psychological reasons. Bites may come from a Parasitic Mite that travels to and from you or an accidental encounter. Bites can also be from a Mite that lives on humans. With Plant Mites injury includes flecking, discoloration or bronzing and scorching of leaves. Injury can lead to leaf loss and even plant death.
While Mites rarely transmit disease to humans in the US, they can greatly impact mental well being just from the nuisance aspect, to inflicting severe skin irritation that can cause intense itching.
Signs Could be unexplained Bite Marks and Rashes. You may see very small moving insects, resembling moving dust on surfaces. In the yard it could be in the form of Dying Plants.
Some Species of Mites are closely associated with animals like Mice and Rats, Bats and most commonly Birds. If you are going to address the Mite Problem you will have to address these other Pest Problems. Human Parasitic Mites could have been transferred through sexual contact, others by just regular contact.
The first step should always be Mite Identification. This may come from a Pest Control Professional, a Doctor or from sending samples to the Local College Entomology Department. Most Pest Control Companies will rightly not treat a home without proof of a Pest Presence. If they do, they are doing you a dis-service and quite possibly breaking the law. Seek medical attention when exposure to Mites is suspected as the cause of skin irritation. This is certainly true in the case of Scabies and Lice infestations that will require medication. Also bedding and clothing should be washed regularly. Removal of Bird nests from the house, check the attic as well. Control of Rodent Problems, inside and outside the home. Inspect every where. Mites are by far the hardest pest to identify and treat. Cobra Pest Control will do the best we can, but you have to work with us, follow advice, answer questions truthfully and seek medical attention when recommended. If you are not willing to do these common sense things, I'm sorry Cobra will not be able to help.