Mites are real pests. With currently 50,000 known species, they form the largest subclass of arachnids. Mites are therefore ectoparasites and, depending on the type, they attack, for example, the skin, ears...
Mites are real pests: with currently 50,000 known species, they form the largest subclass of arachnids. Mites are therefore ectoparasites and, depending on the species, they attack, for example, the skin, ears or nose of the animal and cause severe itching, flaky, crusty skin and loss of fur.
But how do I recognize mite bites on my animal? Do they cause disease or transmit disease? And above all: How can I protect my animal from mite infestation? Which anti-mite agent should I use? What really helps against mites in dogs and cats?
What types of mites are there?
Different types of mites occur in dogs and cats. The best-known representatives include: grass mites, house dust mites, ear mites, digging mites, red bird mites and hair follicle mites.
💡 By the way, ticks also belong to the mite subclass. You can find out what you can do against ticks on your dog or cat in our blog: Against ticks: How to protect your dog and cat .
How do I recognize mite bites on my animal?
Mite infestations in dogs and cats manifest themselves differently because there are different types of mites. Typical signs include, for example:
- Itching with accompanying scratching
- Redness and swelling of the skin
- crusty skin
- Loss of fur
Do mites transmit diseases?
Some species of mites can transmit diseases through their bites. The best example of this is the tick, which is known to be able to transmit diseases such as TBE or Lyme disease . But the mite itself can also cause serious damage to its host, i.e. an animal or a person: for example, burrowing mites and their larvae cause mange, and hair follicle mites cause skin diseases and skin irritations in dogs with weakened immune systems, which provide a gateway for bacterial inflammation. It is therefore essential to protect yourself and your animals from mites, for example with mite sprays or other anti-mite agents.
How do I protect my animal from mites?
Whether tablets, collars or mite sprays: There are many products on the market that can support you and your four-legged friend in the fight against annoying crawling animals. Sprays against mites have proven particularly useful for dogs and cats because they are comfortable and easy to use. Since they are used both on the animal itself and as an environmental spray, you should pay particular attention to high-quality ingredients.
Our parasite protection spray “Milbhunter” based on essential oils.
Important in summer: protection against grass mites
One of the most annoying parasites in summer is the grass mite. The bites of the grass mites, or more precisely their larvae, appear as small red pustules - if your four-legged friend's fur allows it. The grass mite larvae feed on cell sap and release enzymes while biting to soften the skin. These enzymes cause severe itching - and for quite a long time: it can take up to two weeks for the pustules to disappear again. Due to the intense itching, many animals tend to scratch the bite sites, allowing bacteria to enter the wound, causing inflammation. It is therefore essential to protect cats and dogs from the bites of grass mites , for example with a grass mite spray that can keep the little beasts away.
Effective grass mite spray without DEET
Our parasite sprays, such as the ALPHAZOO “Abgegrast” grass mite spray , are based on selected essential oils. The repellent repels grass mites with its smell before the larvae can even bite. The insect spray does not contain DEET - so nothing stands in the way of cuddling together after a walk.