Wikipedia defines mites as…
“Most mites are tiny, less than 1 mm (0.04 in) in length, and have a simple, unsegmented body plan. Their small size makes them easily overlooked; some species live in water, many live in soil as decomposers, others live on plants, sometimes creating galls, while others again are predators or parasites. This last group includes the commercially important Varroa parasite of honey bees, as well as the scabies mite of humans. Most species are harmless to humans but a few are associated with allergies or may transmit diseases.”
The focus of this article to bring your attention to the last line which clearly states that there are some mites associated with allergies or may transmit diseases. While some of them parasitize animals, there are others which pose danger to human body. Let’s have a look at the most commonly encountered mites which might adversely affect human health.
1. Itch Mites:
While this type of mites prey upon insects, human body is affected when it comes in contact with grasses, straw, hay, leaves, seeds or any material harboring such mites. Usually, when these mites ate separated from their insect prey, they contact and bite humans. It is difficult to see or feel them around. But they will often leave you with itchy red marks which resemble a skin rash. The only good thing is that these mites cannot live on humans, like Scabies. So these will not survive indoors.
Divided into two categories, chigger mites can attack humans and other mammals, including reptiles and birds. This insect when in six-legged larval stage, feeds on rodents or ground dwelling birds. But it can bite people when they are available. These won’t suck blood but cut into the skin. Hence, injecting the skin digesting saliva and if not dislodged, it can feed for several days. It simply means that the bite becomes more inflamed, hard, and will itch a lot.
3. Scabies Mites:
Also referred to sarcoptes scabiei, it is an eight legged mite which infest human. While infestations result from person-to-person contact, it can be through indirect means too. It is important to diagnose and treat the problem in time; else it could result into worst conditions. The best way out is choosing a natural homeopathic remedy. For instance, you can go for Dr. Scabies. While it is 100% safe, it is easily accessible. All thanks to its fast-acting solution which helps your body fights against the itch mite. Not only it helps combat signs like itchiness and rashes, but also treats the problem from its roots.
4. Clover Mites:
When they enter your home or building, in the count of thousands, these can causes a great panic among the residents. While these won’t bite or lead to any health-related problems, these are said to create a nuisance. These are generally smashed when they crawl over carpets and drapery. You will be irritated with those red stains. These can be in red, green or brown colors. While they feed on clover, grasses, ivy, fruit trees and other plants, they are more common in places where plantation has been done in good amount. Basically, these enter homes when their food plants dry or are removed.
5. House Dust Mites:
The biggest problem with these mites is that these are invisible to the naked eye. Similar to cockroaches, dust mites and their feces are airborne. So they turn out to be one of the most common indoor allergens. If you or someone in the family is diagnosed being allergic to ‘house dust’, he or she is actually allergic to the dust mites. Their presence has been implicated in triggering asthma attacks.
So regardless of their size these five mites can cause problem much bigger than their size. For this, it is essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible.