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human itch mite

Introduction

The human itch mite is also commonly referred to as scabies. These mites burrow under the skin where they live and lay their eggs. They generally only live on human hosts, but will infest domestic animals as well. The human itch mite causes severe itching and requires medical attention to get rid of an infestation.

Recognition

The human itch mite is microscopic in size and can’t be seen with the human eye. Adults only grow to be about 1/128th to 1/64th of an inch in length and are almost as wide as they are long, and are a translucent to very light brown or amber in color.

Biology

The female and male human itch mite will mate on the surface of a person’s skin afterwards the males die. The female burrows under the skin of their host to live and lay her eggs. Over a period of two months she will lay 1 to 3 eggs per day, increasing the size of her burrow slightly each day. Only 10 percent of the eggs that each female lays develop into adults. The female then dies in her burrow after she finishing laying her eggs.

Human itch mites don’t actually “bite” people; they feed on skin cells and the liquid that is produced from those cells. These pests do not survive for long periods of time when not on a host and they are only spread from direct skin to skin contact. It is very uncommon to be infected with the human itch mite from coming into contact with an infected person’s bedding or clothing.

Signs

The most common sign of a human itch mite infestation is severe itching, that usually becomes more intense during the evening and overnight hours. The burrows that the females create under the skin will appear on the surface of the skin in lines of raised red “pimples”. Infestations sites are generally found in the spaces between fingers and toes, around wrist and elbows, and around genital areas.

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Prevention

The human itch mite is most commonly spread in crowded living conditions are quite commonly picked up in schools and passed around families. Preventing the human itch mite is very difficult and the best way to handle an infestation is to seek medical attention as quickly as possible.

Control

Human skin mites are not a pest problem; they are a medical condition. They are found living on their host and are not found wandering around homes and other environments. At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions we recommend seeking immediate medical attention if you suspect you or a family member may be infested with the human itch mite.

Sources

http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/pcmites.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/scabies/gen_info/faqs.html

 

 

 

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