Mites are believed to come from Africa. The rat mite was first recorded infesting rats in Egypt. Mites are now found throughout the world. Mites are parasitic and infest warm-blooded animals. They prefer rodents or birds, but in the absence of those hosts, they also bite humans. Mites are not an important vector of any diseases to humans, but their bites can be very painful and lead to itching and rashes. Generally, young mites cannot survive more than twelve days without food, while adults may survive over two months without a blood meal. Mites are very small and difficult to see. They have very long legs (for their size) that stick out in front of the head. Unfed mites are a light grey color, while mites that recently fed (blood meal) are reddish orange. Controlling mites relies heavily on proper identification, and then discovery of and removal of the source These sources are typically nests of rodents or birds in or on a structure. As the mites search for an alternative host, they crawl onto the skin and conduct an exploratory bite to test the appropriateness of the host. The mite will move on, possibly trying the host again, but will not feed. These bites are felt as a “prick” sometimes resulting in a rash or itching. Some individuals report crawling sensations on their skin when mites are present. The irritation produced by the bite is enhanced by the injection of the mite’s saliva that can cause a localized histamine response. Differential diagnosis can be difficult in the absence of mite specimens and can easily be misdiagnosed as nondescript “insect bites.” Most bird mite infestations occur during the late spring to early summer when bird nests are in abundance. Bugs-B-Dead has years of experience and expertise in controlling mite infestations.