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What are Mite Lice?
Mites and Lice are both common pests that affect us and our animals; however they are two completely different types of parasite. There are many different species of lice and mites however the lice that most commonly affect humans are the body, head & pubic louse. The different types of mite that we hear about most often are the dust, scabies, chiggers, rodent and bird (certainly poultry). Neither a mite nor a louse is nice to have on our bodies or in our home's, so if you identify either are present you should be looking for treatments to kill and eradicate them as soon as possible.

Info about Mite Lice
There is a wealth of information on lice throughout this site so please navigate yourself back to our homepage and see if there's anything of interest. Lice that are found on humans are small (usually between 1-3 mm), wingless, oval shaped ectoparasites that feed off our blood. They range in color from white to reddish brown, depending on which stage they are at. They are unable to fly, jump or hop but their six legs allow them to crawl and scurry quickly through hair and on our skin. It is only the body louse that transmits diseases to humans (Rickettsia prowazekii : agent of epidemic typhus, Borrelia recurrentis : agent of relapsing fever and Bartonella Quintana : agent of trench fever ). The head and pubic louse cause irritation and discomfort but usually no further illness. In severe cases, there may be additional skin complaints or infection caused by scratching but all can be treated.

Define: Mites
Mites are arthropods (similar to ticks) belonging to the class, Arachnida. The mite can be found in a huge range of habitats and is microscopic in size, so very difficult to see (practically impossible). Not all types of mite bite and feed on a human's blood (in fact, very few do). The dust mite for example feeds on dust in the home. There are over 48,000 species of mite, compared with 3,000 species of lice. A clear way of identifying an adult mite from an adult louse is to count their legs. Like ticks and spiders, the mite has eight legs whereas a louse has six. However, unlike lice that are born as immature nymph versions of adults (exopterygotes), a mite begins with six legs but then develops a further two during its lifecycle. The biting mite can transmit scrub typhus to humans and other types of mite can cause allergies, including asthma, eczema and hay fever.

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The best form of treatment for a mite or louse problem is avoidance. If you know of somebody who has been infected then stay away from them until they're treated. Do not share clothing or beds and limit close body to body contact. If you have either in the house, then thoroughly clean. Regularly wash bed lining, mattresses, pillows and clothing on high temperatures and if you have any pets that are infected, take them to your veterinarian and have them treated. Mites are prevalent in certain areas outside of the home, so if you know you will be visiting such a place, ensure that you are dressed appropriately. Cover up exposed skin and use repellents.
 

 

 

As mentioned above, mite and louse problems are not uncommon and shouldn't cause embarrassment. If you believe you have either, you should be looking to get rid of them and prevent them from spreading to others. If you are uncertain what is causing you to itch or feel unwell, you could always visit your doctor or local GP to ask for advice and medication. With all parasites, you should look for ways to prevent and avoid them before they become a problem. The best way to do this is to educate yourself and your children on what they are, where they're found, how they're caught and how they're treated. Always alert friends and family who you have been in contact with should you discover a mite or louse infestation, so they can be checked out.

Thousands of people search to find out about what mite lice are and how to get rid of them. Fortunately there are so many products available on line, you should be able to find what you want without too much of a problem. We hope that you have found this article a useful guide and that any questions you may have had have been answered. You will find that this website is a great resource, whether you are looking to learn more, purchase related products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by parasites and pests and we hope you have located the treatment you may need, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. Treatments and remedies should be sought after quickly and if you have crabs you should seek medical advice so they cannot be spread or infect others.

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