Larval mites, known as “chiggers,” from the family Trombiculidae are vectors of the bacteria that causes scrub typhus. The infection has been implicated as a common cause of acute encephalitis syndrome in India, where public health professionals are looking to better understand the variety of mite species present on rodents and their rates of infection.
Chigger mites in the genus Blankaartia are known to preferentially parasitize birds, but occasionally they can also be found on rodents, bats, and reptiles. Scientists in Brazil have reported the […]
Three new species of trombiculid mites, also known as “chiggers,” have been discovered in Taiwan, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Furthermore, 23 other […]