Biting Bird Mites Under the Microscope - Ornithonyssus sp.

Ornithonyssus (Fowl/Bird mites) are commonly found on and feed on birds. In areas of high nesting, such as areas of older buildings with ample cavity opportunities for House Sparrows and Starlings, bird mites will occasionally enter homes and manifest humans. However, the bites are generally of minor discomfort and as a general rule, Ornithonyssus sp. cannot survive completely off of humans. The bites themselves however, can cause severe itching and reactions, which can lead to dermatitis and possibility papular urticaria. Generally, populations subside in human habitations a few weeks after the peak of the nesting season. These individuals were collected from Boston on a piece of translucent tape at a location which had large numbers of nesting House Sparrows (Passer domesticus). The species is most likely Ornithonyssus sylviarum. However, clearer images may be needed for proper identification. Follow me to keep updated: My Website: http://jwmantid.wixsite.com/mantisman630 Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jimbotripleu Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/a_brush_with_nature ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Other Helpful Links: Research Paper on the Tigrosa grandis: http://www.scribd.com/doc/240562285/A-Brief-Personal-History-with-the-Morphological-and-Behavioral-Description-of-the-Tigrosa-grandis-Lycosidae Watch this video for a basic spider bite treatment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI6HRh1TM3Y Use this document to help identify dangerous spiders in North America: http://www.scribd.com/doc/186454483/Identification-of-Potentially-Dangerous-Spiders-of-Kansas Wolf Spider Maternal Care: http://www.scribd.com/doc/190619117/Extensive-Maternal-Care-Expressed-by-Second-Year-Female-Tigrosa-Georgicola Why We Should Respect Spiders: http://www.scribd.com/doc/199203450/An-Unconventional-and-Foolish-Fear Kansas Cicadas: http://www.scribd.com/doc/201623229/Common-Cicadas-of-Kansas-And-Their-Generalized-Locational-and-Behavioral-Descriptions Paper on some information about the Carolina wolf spider: http://www.scribd.com/doc/226287616/Carolina-Wolf-Spider-Information-Sheet Paper on courship aggression within Hogna carolinensis: http://www.scribd.com/doc/201326161/Observations-of-Female-Aggression-Towards-Males-Within-Hogna-carolinensis-Courtship

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