Identify Your Pest

Mite

Quick Facts

Size

.2-.4 mm long

Preferred Habitat

Mites typically nest in warm places. As the cold weather approaches, mites will enter your home to seek refuge. Many mites live in soil or water, but there are also a large number of species that live on plants or animals.

Known Health Issues

Mites that feed on people and animals can cause an itchy skin irritation or rash.
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About

Mites are so tiny that they can rarely be seen by the human eye. Many humans who experience mite bites commonly mistake them for bed bug bites. The most common type of mite in Nebraska is the itch mite.  In 2004 itch mites were falling from oak trees, leaving welts on people’s chests, necks, and backs throughout Lincoln, Nebraska. Miller Pest Control recommends avoiding oak trees, especially pin oaks in the fall.

 

Is the Mite Dangerous?

Mite bites can cause allergic reactions and have also been associated with the transmission of diseases. Because they’re so small (usually under 1 millimeter long), their presence is often felt before seen.