Common Biting Mites
Mites & Pest Control
Mites pose one of the most horrible threats to animal and human health. These parasitic pests silently, and invisibly attack our bodies and immune systems.
They belong to the same class of animals as Spiders, Scorpions and Ticks. The class is called Arachnida with 65000 described species with 30000 of these being Mites and Ticks!
The ones we are most interested in are predominantly parasitic. They have a short and incomplete metamorphic life-cycle.
Eggs hatch to reveal larvae, which feed before moulting (skin replacement) to become nymphs or instars. After just one more moult, they could become adults (depending on species).
Where Do Mites Come From?
In nature, they are found in the ears, skin and respiratory systems of a wide range of animals, including humans.
Very often we see infestations in properties previously home to infestations of rodents and birds. Once the original host animal is controlled or removed, Mites move onto humans as the only available hosts.
Those found in food and the animals we eat and live with have been closely associated with diseases. Treatment of homes, together with veterinary and GP consultation for both pets and owners deserves consideration.
Clinical & Technical Diagnosis Is Essential
You cannot control the source of the infestation if the new host doesn’t realise what’s living on, in or around them.
The hosts’ ears, nasal and respiratory passages may become infested causing great discomfort. Mite larvae may even burrow into your skin like the Follicle Mite (Demodex).
Allergies caused by Dust Mites have a long relationship with respiratory disease. Bird Mites migrate from empty bird nests to infest the bedrooms beneath. Mites from dead rodents migrate through floorboards to feed on humans and pets.
Diseases & Conditions Caused By Mites
Mite disorders and diseases include;
- Scaly Leg
- Dermal Cysts
- Grocers Itch
- Bakers Itch
How Afraid Of Mites Should You Be?
Scary interpretations of the issues they cause – real and imagined, should not distract from the fact that many are of no clinical consequence to humans or our pets.
Control takes patience and time to be effective and lasting. Even diagnosis may require laboratory microscopes or the intervention of a dermatologist.
Whatever the cause and whatever the effects, in most cases, they will be successfully controlled, and we are here to help.