What are Mites?

A minute arachnid that has four pairs of legs when adult, related to the ticks. Many kinds live in the soil and a number are parasitic on plants or animals.

Quick Facts

  • Mites are among the most diverse and successful of all the invertebrate groups. They have exploited an incredible array of habits, and because of their small size (most are microscopic), go largely unnoticed.
  • Dust mites cause several forms of allergic diseases, including hay fever, asthma and eczema, and are known to aggravate atopic dermatitis. House dust mites are usually found in warm and humid locations, including beds. It is thought that inhalation of mites during sleep exposes the human body to some antigens that eventually induce hypersensitivity reaction.

Bird Mites

  • Bird Mites typically stay loyal to a single host, only migrating when the host dies.
  • Not capable of surviving for more than a few days without a food source.

Chigger Mites

  • Males drop sperm capsules around its habitat for females to later fertilize themselves with.