Biological Name - Subclass Acari
There are thousands of mite species, the majority of which measure less than 1 mm in length. Their bodies are comprised of the prosoma (thorax) and abdomen, and mites have four pairs of legs.
Beginning as eggs, these arachnids develop through larval and pupal stages prior to full maturation. They can survive on land and in water. Although most mites are not harmful to animals, some species are parasitic in nature.
Mites are parasites. They live on hosts. Their hosts include humans, animals, birds, insects and even crops. Parasitic mites that attack animal hosts can cause severe skin irritation known as mange. Bird mites are similarly bothersome to poultry, while spider mites are destructive to crops. Some parasitic species are more dangerous than others, as they reside within the respiratory tracts of their hosts. They can also transfer dangerous diseases.
Mites are very small and difficult to spot with naked eyes. However, their movement across a surface can sometimes be detected. Mites that feed on animals and people can possibly cause skin irritation.
Mite species are Bird Mites, Chigger Mites, Clover Mites, Dust Mites, Red Mites, Southern Red Mite, Spider Mites, Scabies
Diseases caused by Mites
A variety of mites are known to bite humans and cause irritation, itchy papules and rashes. Some mites can transfer disease creating microbes to other humans. Scabies is the worst skin infection in humans caused by mites. Dust mites cause respiratory infections and breathing problems, including Asthma in humans. Sinus infections. Ongoing (chronic) inflammation of tissues in the nasal passages caused by dust mite allergy can obstruct sinuses, the hollow cavities connected to nasal passages.