Mites are tiny arthropods, related to ticks. Mites pass through four stages of development: egg to larva to nymph to adult. All stages have eight legs except the six-legged larva. Most mites are harmless predators of insects, or feeders on decaying plant material. Some pest mites feed on stored products like cheese and grain. Others are merely nuisance pests, accidentally entering homes from their normal outdoor habitat. Only a few mite species are parasitic on birds or mammals causing diseases such as scabies. Human scabies is caused by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis). In animals, it is a different kind of mite that infects them causing "mange". Animal mites cannot reproduce on humans.
The Vector/Mosquito Control Program does NOT treat for mites.
Where are mites found?
Most human infestations result from person-to-person contact. Although they can transfer from animals to humans and vice versa. Scabies occurs worldwide and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies can spread rapidly under crowded conditions where close body contact is frequent. Institutions such as nursing homes, extended-care facilities, and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks.