Most mites are oval shaped, without antennae, and grayish-black to red in color. Their mouthparts are grouped in front of the body, resembling a head. Adult mites have four pairs of legs. Some mites appear as barely visible red and gray, slow-moving specks, while others are microscopic.
Mites are very small, and most range from 1/200 to 1/25-inch in length.
Many species of mites are serious pests of agricultural crops, either through direct damage or indirectly as vectors of plant pathogens. Other species are parasitic on domestic animals and cause losses in meat, egg, and fiber production. Others, such as the human itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, are not direct agents of human disease or vectors of pathogens, although they can cause intense itching and allergic reactions requiring medical attention.
House Dust mites are a major source of allergies.
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