Straw itch mites

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by All Ball, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. All Ball

    All Ball Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2013
    El Sobrante, CA
    Hi there -

    I just wanted to add info on this possible biting pest that can reside in hay and straw:

    Also a good source for helping to diagnose source of bites and itching:

    I recently moved to a place with lots of annual grasses that the chickens love - lots of wild oats. I have been cutting the oats down now for the approaching fire season, and in the last week or so have gotten totally covered with bites.

    At first I thought, from looking around, they were no-see-ums, but this picture in the link above looks just like me - and I've got one bite in the elbow crevice as mentioned. Unfortunately I think my entire yard is infested with these guys. Worried about the chickens too.

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