itch mite

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mite

 [mīt]
any arthropod of the order Acarina except the ticks; they are characterized by minute size, usually transparent or semitransparent body, and other features distinguishing them from the ticks. They may be free living or parasitic on animals or plants, and may produce various irritations of the skin.
chigger mite (harvest mite) chigger.
itch mite (mange mite) Sarcoptes scabiei.

itch mite

n.
A parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrows into the skin and causes scabies.

itch mite

(ich mīt)
General term encompassing several species of minute parasites with biting and sucking mouthparts that cause unpleasant dermatologic reactions.
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In 2004, KSU and CCHD issued several press releases with recommendations to minimize exposure to the itch mites. Suggested prevention measures included using a DEET-containing product before going outdoors, because DEET is known to repel some mite species (5).
A microscopic itch mite (Pyemotes herfsi) was identified as the likely cause of the outbreak, which affected an estimated 54% of the Crawford County population (2000 population: 38,242).
itch mite. Fifty-nine percent of galls analyzed were infested with a Pyemotes spp.
The North American straw itch mite, Pyemotes tritici (formerly Pyemotes ventricosus), feeds preferentially on the larvae of insects that infest cane, hay, straw, and some grains, especially rice.
In 2004, a close relative of the North American straw itch mite, P.