Mites and Ticks

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
Reference Entry
Mites and Ticks, a group of invertebrates related to spiders. Mites are 1/64 inch to 1/8 inch (0.4 to 3 mm) in length; ticks are 1/8 inch to 1 1/8 inch (3 to 29 mm) in length. Some species of mites live on land, others in water. Some are agricultural pests, feeding on crops and the leaves of fruit trees. Some species carry disease-producing microorganisms; one species causes mange in vertebrates. Other species of mites are beneficial, preying on aphid eggs and nematode worms. Ticks live on land, primarily in woods and pastures. Ticks are bloodsucking parasites that can carry disease-producing microorganisms, which they transmit to mammals, birds, and reptiles through a bite in the skin.


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