What mites infest a person or other animal?

Whereas many kinds of mites infest mammals and birds, just two kinds are solely dependent upon people for their sustenance and survival. These invade our skin  and cannot live without us. Virtually all of the other kinds of mites (except for some ticks) that affect the health of people do so by accident. Many blood feed, but prefer to attack other kinds of animals. Indeed, although they may feed – or try to feed - upon a person, most mites will fail to thrive without their preferred mammal or avian hosts. 

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    Jena Lynn Carnagio

    What are the two kinds

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    Thank you for your excellent question. The two kinds of mites that depend solely upon human beings for their survival include the human scabies mites and the human follicle mites. Human scabies mites do not infest other animals, and scabies mites from other animals do not sustainably infest people. Scabies mites burrow into the outer layers of the skin and can cause considerable irritation.

    Follicle mites reside within the hair follicles of the skin. Nearly every person hosts these creatures. It is fairly rare for these mites to cause any irritation. They don't bother us, and there's no reason for us to bother them. 


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