Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Sand Mites

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Hello, I want to have a sand box in a preschool outdoor environment. Is there reason to be concerned about children being bitten. The box would be covered when not in use and we live in Arkansas if that matters. Thanks so much!

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Rebecca:

I am not sure exactly what you think might live in the sandbox and bite the children....but I would consult local experts on the matter.  University of Arkansas has an entomology department, I believe, and someone there would better know what might inhabit a sandbox there.

http://www.uark.edu/ua/arthmuse/museum.html

Good luck with the project, I hope it works out perfectly.

Sincerely,

Eric

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Eric R. Eaton

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

Experience

Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Publications
Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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