The Mighty Mite
Appearance and Behavior
The mite species are very small, most of them are less than 1mm in length. They have 8 legs, and their bodies are divided into two parts, prosoma, and abdomen. Despite popular opinion, mites are not insects, but arachnids. They have diverse habitats, including salt water. Some are plant-feeders, while others are predators or parasites.
Red velvet is a common predator mite, which is much larger than the average mite and can grow up to 1/5 inches in length. It is often seen roaming around on the ground.
Spider mites are often wrongly classified as spiders because of their web-weaving ability. They depend on plants for their nourishment. They encompass a plant with webs and live on them in groups. However, they don’t hunt prey in their webs like “normal spiders” do. The sole purpose of these webs is protection. Spider mites come in various colors. Red spider mite, white, yellow and green two-spotted spider Mites are all quite common.
Ear mites are invisible to the naked eye. They nest in an animal’s ear but don’t bite. However, their extended stay can cause itching, which can lead to the development of bloody scrapes. In severe cases, chronic infections also develop.
Signs of a mite infestation vary from species to species. Most species are invisible to the naked eye. However, you can detect them across a surface due to the characteristics of their movements.
Some plant-infesting species weave silk-like spider mites. They cause senescence and deteriorate plant health.
Clover mites are easily identifiable because of their scarlet-red coloration.
Mites can cause damage in a variety of ways, from producing mild irritation to contaminating stored grains and cheese products. Their bites cause little to no pain. However, prolonged itching may result in a serious bacterial infection. Some species of dust mites can even aggravate asthma.
Mites cause serious harm in some cases. Species like Chigger mites are infectious and cause acute skin irritations, known as mange. The preferred host of bird mites is poultry, whereas spider mites lay waste to crops.