Mites Life History and Zoonoses

Mites are related to arachnids and thus have 8 legs. There are many species affecting both mammals and birds equally. They do not have a larval form, but hatch into mobile nymphs. Mating occurs only once, the female is then fertile for life. She will continue to lay eggs the rest of her life. This contributes to infestation numbers growing quickly. They are species-specific parasites and cause no real threat to humans. Large infestations can cause damage and depending on the species can cause mange.

Zoonosis Risk: Low.

Mites may be able to pass on blood-bourne illness.

Mites can cause mange, or “Scabies” in people.