Itch Mites

Itchy Alert

Reports are coming from Maryland about people being bitten by a tiny mite that has been associated with the Brood X periodical cicada emergence. The culprit is a non-native “itch mite,” Pyemotes herfsi. Bites from the mite produce small, circular, rosy-red, pruritic (itchy skin) rashes and the discomfort may last for several days. Thus far, there have been no reports from anywhere in Ohio.
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Joe Boggs