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Mite General Information



General Information on the kinds of mites you will find and look at the individual pages for more information on each type.

There are more different types of Mites than virtually any other species. Most of the mites are microscopic and that is why they so often go unseen. We have identified 48,200 different species of mites so far and it is believed that is only about 5% of the total amount of mite species.

Mites exist in about every habitat. They are common in both land and water and some are plant eaters and some are predatory taking what they need from other creatures. Some may even live a symbiotic relationship with insects. They have existed we believe for over 400 million years.

They come from a large number of families

Spider mites are plant pests that fall into the family Tetranychidae.

Thread footed mites are plant pests of the family Tarsonemidae

Gall Mites are plant pests of the family Eriophydae

Some of the predatory mites that live on humans and other animals are:

Sarcoptic scabiei (Mange mites) of the family Sarcoptidae attack by burrowing under the skin (dog mange).

Dust Mites are of the family Demodicidae are the mite parasites that live in the hair follicles of dogs, humans and other mammals.

House dust mite is the most common with 10,000 or more living on the average pillow lying on your bed, are of the family Pyroglyphide. These often cause respiratory illnesses like asthma to get worse.

Mites are known to cause or aggravate several allergic diseases, including asthma, eczema, atopic dermatitis, and hay fever, Mites are common in locations that are warm moist and humid. Many mites live in carpets, on furniture and on beds and pillows and it are believed that inhaling the mites while sleeping can cause some people to have a hypersensitive reaction to the antigens of the mites. It is thought that inhalation of mites during sleep exposes the human body to some antigens that the mites produce including the mites feces.

Mites are not insects even though many have 6 legs at some point in their development. They are more closely related to spiders as most have 8 legs when they are adults and some even have some web capabilities.

Some of the mite species that attack other insects and cause major problems are the Acarapis woodi which lives on the trachea of honey bees and the Varroa destructor which lives on the outside of the bee attaching itself to the bee’s body.

You have always heard of the strength of the ant since it can lift 10 times its own body weight which is impressive but one species of tropical mite the Archgozetes longisetosus is able to lift 1182 times its own weight which does out do the ant by a large margin.

These are some of the types of mites and their properties for more information on each mite go to the page that has it. Most of the site is dedicated to showing you what they are and how to get rid of dust mites.