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Pyemotes herfsi (Acari: Pyemotidae), a mite new to North America as the cause of bite outbreaksAuthor(s): Alberto B. Broce; Ludek Zurek; James A. Kalisch; Robert Brown; David L. Keith; David Gordon; Janis Geodeke; Cal Welbourn; John Moser; Ronald Ochoa; Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner; Fuyuen Yip; Jacob Weber
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology 43(3): 610-613
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionHigh incidences of red, itching, and painful welts on people in the midwestern United States led to the discovery of a European species of mite, Pyemotes herfsi (Oudemans) (Acari: Pyemotidae), preying on gall-making midge larvae on oak leaves. The mites' great reproductive potential, small size, and high capacity for dispersal by wind make them diffcult to control or avoid.
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CitationBroce, Alberto B.; Zurek, Ludek; Kalisch, James A.; Brown, Robert; Keith, David L.; Gordon, David; Geodeke, Janis; Welbourn, Cal; Moser, John; Ochoa, Ronald; Azziz-Baumgartner, Eduardo; Yip, Fuyuen; Weber, Jacob 2006. Pyemotes herfsi (Acari: Pyemotidae), a mite new to North America as the cause of bite outbreaks. Journal of Medical Entomology 43(3): 610-613
KeywordsPyemotes herfsi, mite, itching bites
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