photo courtesy of extension.umn.edu
These mites, or Pyemotes herfsi itch mites (oak leaf gall mite), are known for their insect bites which can seem like a skin rash but can turn into a bacterial infection if not properly treated and maintained according to news reports in the Cincinnati area.
The County’s Health Commissioner said, “The mites cannot be seen and the bites are not felt, but leave an itchy red mark that can resemble a skin rash.”
Of the bites studied thus far, these insect bites appear to be just like those from tiny, almost invisible mites, which are thankfully not known to infect people with disease. But, the infection can occur if the bites are scratched and openings or breaks in the skin occurs.
Anyone who thinks they may have the bites is urged to seek medical attention for the proper medication.
Also, even if you do wear clothing to cover the skin, make sure to fully wash clothing everyday so that any mites that may have attached themselves are removed.
It is further suggest that raking leaves can be a typical way in which mites will make contact with humans. So, to prevent bug bites from mites, try not to directly handle any lawn, leaf or garden clippings.August 26, 2008 – 9:40 pm