Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mites


What is the best way(s) to get rid of biting Mites in my apartment? They tend to lay a lot of eggs and have spread; they are even in my hair which they seem to like to be. I've had an exterminator to spray but they will die down but not totally gone. This has seem to be an issue on online blogs and no one has a good solutions against the mites. I have no animals in my home and not sure how they came in. The only thoughts of acquiring these relentless mites, perhaps from a hotel room, a friends house, or potted plant that was given to me (Ivy Plant). This has been going on almost 3 months. How do I rid myself of these little demons? Thank you!

Dear Margaret - About the only things that I can suggest are that you (1) Check your premises (including immediately adjacent outdoor areas) thoroughly for any bird or rodent nests and dispose of any such found; bird and rodent mites often will become pests when their normal hosts leave. (2) Check your food storage areas for signs of mite infestation of flour/baking mixes, especially if high humidity is a problem, and dispose of anything found infested followed by a thorough cleaning of the storage area(s).

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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