Common Insect and Mite Pests of Humans

Date of Publication
December 7, 2021
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Bites from arthropods can cause problems for people in and around their homes, and many times the culprit goes unseen.

Because many bite marks look very similar, it can be difficult to know what has bitten a person without actually seeing the arthropod. However, knowing some information can help narrow down the choices. For treatments of bites, consult a physician, who can prescribe medications. Several over-the-counter medications and ointments are available to help reduce itching and swelling. When buying these products, ask a physician or pharmacist for advice on which to choose. This publication explains how to identify and manage common insects and mites that cause problems for people in and around their homes. Discussed are lice, bed bugs, fleas, scabies mites, chiggers, and bird and rodent mites. (4 Pages)

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