Fleas, Flies & Mites
Fleas are parasites that hangs-on warm-blooded body. Although cat fleas are most common, but human, Dogs, and oriental rats fleas are still found. They do not fly, but jump on hosts as they come close to them.
Their bites are usually painful and could result to itchy red patchy spots on the skin. They are also known as the most common distributor of bubonic plague.
Although the common non-biting house flies are seen as harmless but they not only constitute nuisance, but they are good at contaminating foods and transmitting diseases. For example, houseflies can pollute food and transmit over a hundred pathogens; amongst them are salmonella, tuberculosis and malaria. If for nothing else, flies should be controlled to avoid food contamination.
If your home is infested by flies, quickly consult a professional. They will thoroughly survey your home, identify the specie and prescribe the next line of action to take to control/get rid of the flies.
These flies are fond of some fruits, which is how they got their name. They are nuisance pest and also act as disease carrier.
Horse fly was given to this specie because they are mostly pests for horses and mammals. These flies are easily found in suburban and rural areas alike around water bodies that serve as their breeding sites and where they easily come in contact with their host.
These Species get their name from a fact that off all the existing flies, they are most commonly found around homes. The average size of an adult house-fly is about one-quarter of an inch. They have a lifespan of 15 to 25 days.
Mites have thousand of species globally; examples are clover and bird mites. They are seen to be arachnids, same as the ticks, but mites have smaller sizes. A larger number of mites are less than 1mm long.
While some mites pounce on animal hosts, some others are found in the respiratory tracts of hosts. Some mites are also vectors e.g. chiggers
Chicken Mites (Bird Mites)
Chicken mites are also referred to as bird mites. The name was got from their nature of hosting on a variety of birds, mostly found on chickens. They become household pests when they move from the bird nests to attack humans in buildings. They easily found in practically all places in the U.S and the world.
House Dust Mites
These mites were given great attention in the early part of the 90s and in recent times. This house dust mites is almost impossible to sight without being magnified. It derived its name from their nature of eating up dead skins shed my man, and other proteinous substances.