From time to time we are asked to identify insect bites. Wells Brothers has a standard answer to this type of request, “yep, looks like something bit you”. Folks also bring in samples of insects. Sometimes alive but most of the time dead. We do a pretty good job at identifying the offending creature during the warmer months but as the weather turns colder the insects tend to be much smaller. What I am talking about are mites. Mites are arthropod pests that are closer to spiders than anything else. The bad news is that there are literally thousands of different types of mites. The good news is that only a few of them will cause us humans any aggravation.
If you find yourself with an unexpanded irritation (not related to the news) the first step is to call your doctor and follow their instruction. Before you come to Wells Brothers and get a broad spectrum insecticide/miticide and nuke the place, you need to identify the enemy. The hardest part is capturing the offending creatures. For around the house, glue traps are the preferred collection method. Wells Brothers has several types of glue traps ranging in price from $7.00 to $15.00. Once you get some critters trapped, you need to have them identified. Visit the folks at “The Pest Shop” in Plano for their identification expertise. The decision on what product to use will be determined by the species of mite you are dealing with. As always read and follow the label directions of any product you purchase. Click here for more information on bug bites.