Many fear it could be a disease-carrying mosquito or sleep-invading bed bugs. But from time-to-time, the oak mites become an accidental predator.
This summer the small welt-causing, itch-inducing, predator is proliferating across Northern California.
The oak mites, which come from the Pyemotes genus, prefer to feed on insects but occasionally fall on humans, according to the Los Angeles Times . The outbreaks became documented in Europe in 1936, but have occasionally made an impact primarily on towns and cities in the Midwest, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Sacramento’s beauty comes largely from its tremendous amount of old trees, with many large oaks common throughout the area. Though uncommon Oak mite outbreaks occasionally spread over the summer when temperatures rise and people spend more time at parks in the shade of the mighty oak trees.
The Oak Mite is a nearly microscopic bug that lives in Oak trees and can come in contact with humans when we spend time around them.
These small biters drop down out of Oak trees when you are walking under them by the hundreds or even thousands. And since you can’t see them, you don’t even know you’ve got them on you. Until, that red bite mark appears!
Oak Mites have always been around. They are found in most states as well. They just generally don’t bite people. But this year there are lots more of them in Northern California.
So, should you worry? Oak Mites don’t spread disease like other insects. But the welts they leave behind are red, can be painful and itchy and sometimes pussy. They are easily treated with topical creams and itch relievers. The only time to seek medical care is if a bite becomes infected.
Oak Mites usually fall from the trees in waves. You can keep windows closed to prevent them from floating in thru your screens from August through October. If you have oak trees in your yard or spend time in an oak forest, keep your skin covered or wash up with soapy water as soon as you come indoors. DEET, or other repellent sprays are often not effective.
Throw those clothes you wore outside into the laundry right away. And the good news, you don’t have to fumigate the house or throw your mattress away. Oak mites can’t survive without those other delicious bug larvae that they feed on. So they won’t live in your home for very long.
If you have bite marks and would like to have your home inspected for bedbugs or mosquitoes contact Fast Action Pest Control for a free inspection and fast results.