Bird mites and other itchy problems

This Body Odd article begins with Nina Bradica’s bird mites story, and reminds us that bird mites are a rare occurrence. While bird mite infestations in humans are rare, they do happen, says Dr. Richard Zack, associate professor and chair of the department of entomology at Washington State University. The most common infestations occur in […]

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 […]

Pet gerbils source of avian mite infestation

Does your family have pet gerbils? If so, they are a possible source of your itchy skin condition, according to this 2001 article in the Archives of Dermatology. Avian Mite Bites Acquired From a New Source Pet Gerbils Report of 2 Cases and Review of the Literature Anne W. Lucky, MD; C. Paul Sayers, MD; […]