TITLE

Mites and Ticks

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
37309709

 

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