Types of biting mites, symptoms & control

There is a helpful information sheet on mites, entitled “Biting Mites in Homes,” from the Alameda County Vector Control Services District (Alameda, California). The sheet distinguishes between types of biting mites including rat mites, northern fowl, and tropical fowl mites: Several types of mites are associated with cases of skin dermatitis in humans. The tropical […]

Tiny biting mites may have killed off dinosaurs

This isn’t really about what’s biting you, but a new theory suggests biting mites may have led to the extinction of dinosaurs. CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 3 (UPI) — A U.S. zoologist says dinosaurs may have been killed off by tiny, biting, disease-carrying insects. If true, it represents one of many causes, not the sole reason […]

Do I have scabies?

Scabies

Scabies occurs when the Sarcoptes scabiei mite burrows under your skin. You may be wondering, “Do I have scabies?” This photo shows someone with scabies on a hand: Image credit: “Acarodermatitis Hand“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. According to the CDC’s page on scabies, the symptoms are: Pimple-like irritations, burrows or rash […]