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Straw itch mites

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

  1. All Ball

    All Ball Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there -

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

    http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=11153

    Also a good source for helping to diagnose source of bites and itching:
    http://www.birc.org/Winter2005.pdf

    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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