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QUESTION: Is this a Bird, Rodent or Clover Mites? Found inside kitchen bay window. Threw away all my indoor plants, but still feel something biting us. Do these mites bites and burrow under skin and scalp? Experiencing something that leaps or flys and burrows that can't be seen just felt. I have also found Thrips and springtails inside too. Please let me know what kind of mites are these, and how do I get rid of them? Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
God bless,

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ANSWER: Trisha,

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Jack DeAngelis

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These are oribatid mites. These mites don't bite, they live in soil and the leaf litter on top of soil. In this case they likely came from house plant potting soil. Oribatids are completely harmless. The symptoms you are describing can be caused by many things but it is usually not insects or mites. Allergies are the main cause of "mysterious bites" and itchiness. It is amazing how similar food and contact allergies can be to bug bites. Mold allergies are common as well. Your best option may be to talk with your MD about the possibility of allergies and how they are treated.

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.


20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.


Ph.D. in Entomology

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