Are you sure your bites and itching are from Mites? Mite bites are shown on this woman’s neck and face.

Did you know bed bug bites are often mistaken for mites? If not, then take a minute to see what bed bug bites look like.

If you are sure they are from Mites, then please consider there are almost 46,000 species of mites, but only a few bite humans; they are the Northern Fowl Mite, Tropical Rat Mite, and Itch or Scabies Mite.

Scabies Mite

Itch Mite Bites on ArmThe Scabies Mite bite is often confused with a bed bug bite and can turn into red welts your upper body (shoulders, face, neck and arms). After about 10-12 hours the itch mite bites turn into what look like pimples and become very itchy lasting up to 14 days; whatever you do, DO NOT itch them!

Scabies mites usually come from another human, can not be seen with the unaided eye, digs into your skin and is the cause of the pimple like bites. Note: You could have scabies mites for up to a month without noticing and itching will be worse during the night!

Itch mite

Itch mites come in contact with humans when they handle straw, hay, grass, leaves and seeds that contain the mites. Bites from itch mites look like a rash, similar to the picture above, and will produce a strong desire to itch which is the last thing you want to do! They can’t live on humans or indoors so if you bring them into your home, it won’t last.Image of an Itch Mite

Northern Fowl Mite

The Northern Fowl Mite comes from birds and can live up to three weeks without its host, but will feed on humans when birds can not be found. The bites will become red and itchy, not as bad as the picture above, but certainty noticeable. Tropical Rat Mites come from rats with bites similar to the Norther Fowl Mite.

Many people believe that the dust mite bite can be mistaken for a bed bug, but this is a common misconception. Dust Mites do not bite humans, instead, they can harm humans from becoming airborne (as well as their feces) and triggering asthma attacks or make breathing difficult.

You may develop red welts that look like chigger bites on your neck, face, arms and upper body. These bites are not usually on legs where chigger bites may be found. The itch mite welts form into a pimple-like lesion after about 12 hours. The bites are very itchy and can be present for up to two weeks.