About Mites And Ticks

Red Spider Mite
Red Spider Mite

Acari (mites and ticks) is a subclass of arthropods closely related to spiders. Most of these creatures are tiny measuring 0.08–1mm in length, but some may reach lengths of 10-20mm.

Most mites and ticks have 8 legs, like their spider relatives, but some species have fewer. The head and thorax (cephalothorax in spiders) is broadly fused together with the abdomen, so they are similar to harvestmen (daddy-longlegs) in this way. Mites and ticks have well adapted mouthparts for feeding. Some have tubes for piercing and sucking, others have pincers for grasping and cutting, whilst others have combs for filter-feeding.

Aceria myriadeum
Aceria myriadeum

Many mites and ticks are parasites to man and other animals, and other invertebrates. Ticks mainly feed on the blood of mammals and birds, and can cause serious illness by spreading diseases, including causing serious conditions in humans and livestock. Plant mites feed on the juice of plants, whilst others feed on fungi.

6 thoughts on “About Mites And Ticks

  1. This time of year we seem to find ticks on the dogs. We drip vodka where they have attached themselves and when they are ‘drink’ pluck them off.

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  2. I have way too much personal experience with ticks. The cooler weather means I don’t have to check myself as much for them after wandering about in the woods and fields as I do during other times of the year.

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      1. There are certain types of ticks that carry diseases like Lyme disease, but I have been fortunate in avoiding them so far. The other kind are a nuisance, but don’t seem to create problems if you remove them before they have dug into the skin.

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      2. I am pleased you have managed to avoid the diseases associated with ticks. Here Lyme disease is particulalry problematic.


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