Mites | Des Moines, IA
These particular mites are a close relative of ticks and spiders and are considered true mites, not insects. They are tiny household invading mites that are red in color with long front legs. To the naked eye, they are no more than tiny red bugs and appear no larger than a pinhead. They feed primarily on clover, grassy lawns, plants and weeds. They tend to appear by the thousands in the spring and fall months.
Clover mites sometimes invade homes in enormous numbers, in early spring and late autumn, overrunning floors, walls, drapes, window sills and furniture. At times, they will occasionally get into beds and clothing. They may become troublesome in hospitals, nursing homes, apartments, food processing facilities, etc. If crushed, they leave a reddish stain quite noticeable on linens, curtains, walls and woodwork. They are a nuisance by their presence but do not bite humans or animals, transmit disease or feed on household furnishings or pantry supplies. Skin irritation may be caused in sensitive persons. They live outdoors feeding on various plants.
These tiny semi-transparent mites have eight legs, short hair, and are too small to be seen without magnification. Bird mites are most common in late spring to early summer when bird nests are in copious amounts. Due to their transparency, bird mite infestations can grow rapidly and thrive for long periods of time before being identified. They can complete their full development within twelve days given the right temperature. With their life cycle shortened, bird mites can grow to tens of thousands during the rearing of a young bird.
Most bird mites remain loyal to one bird host, however, when a host dies, the thousands of mites within the nest will migrate to find a new host. This is the time that the mites will make their way into people's homes. Bird nest's are most commonly found in dryer vent hoses and attics, therefore, creating easy access for bird mites to enter.
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