Pyemotes herfsi (Acari: Pyemotidae), a Mite New to North America as the Cause of Bite Outbreaks

Alberto B. Broce, Ludek Zurek, James A. Kalisch, Robert Brown, David L. Keith, David Gordon, Janis Goedeke, Cal Welbourn, John Moser, Ronald Ochoa, Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner, Fuyuen Yip (+1 others)
2006 Journal of medical entomology  
High incidences of red, itching, and painful welts on people in the midwestern United States led to the discovery of a European species of mite, Pyemotes herfsi (Oudemans) (Acari: Pyemotidae), preying on gall-making midge larvae on oak leaves. The mitesÕ great reproductive potential, small size, and high capacity for dispersal by wind make them difÞcult to control or avoid.
doi:10.1603/0022-2585(2006)43[610:phapam]2.0.co;2 pmid:16739423 fatcat:vv7y6yjrtjgd5h7z4xmlmffevy