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Tropical Rat and Northern Fowl Mites

Mites are tiny spider-like bugs closely related to ticks.  The typical mite is the size of the period at the end of this sentence. There are over 45,000 species of mites. Depending on the kind of mite, they feed on many things including plants and animals. People may be familiar with Scabies mites that can infest humans, dogs and livestock. Less well-known mites associated with humans in California are the tropical rat mite (Ornithonyssus bacoti) and northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylvarium).   

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