Among those creatures that bite or infest people are several kinds of mites that burrow into and infest the skin, and yet more kinds that anchor themselves onto the skin for minutes to days while they feed on blood and other tissue fluids. Whereas such bites and infestations may cause considerable annoyance and discomfort, some mites transmit microbes that result in serious infections, disease and even death. We’ve drafted this resource to offer a glimpse of several of the most frequently encountered mites.