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bird mite

Several different closely related mites infest birds and rodents but will also bite people. As a group they are called bird mites or rodent mites or nest mites because they generally infest the nest of their host animals.

The mites are sometimes dark in color and, while small, can be seen with the unaided eye. The image at left was photographed with an inexpensive digital camera in "macro" mode.

These mites do not infest homes but can cause irritating bites when mites enter homes after leaving an abandoned nest. Bite marks are red and itchy much like other insect/mite bites.

<== caption: bird mite and human hair

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