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I was long ago told by an entomologist that the red mites are likely
feeding off of microscopic mold, which would make sense as to why they are
found in a humid environment.  It would be helpful if someone with greater
knowledge could corroborate.

Best,
Hilary

On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 3:49 PM, Louis Sorkin <sor...@amnh.org> wrote:

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> Correct. These are very commonly seen as Tom noted. The larvae of most are
> parasitic on arthropods; species of one genus are pollen feeders. Nymphs
> and adults are predaceous.  The pollen feeders have been known to bite
> people – but it’s only tasting, not feeding.  They can actually stay on the
> roof and walls of buildings and don’t go back to the ground.  Crushed mites
> do stain certain substrates.
>
> Lou
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> pestlist-ow...@museumpests.net] *On Behalf Of *bugman22
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> These red mites are quite common crawling up the exterior of buildings and
> entering through the weep holes in the lower frames of windows.  They are
> originating in the moist leaf litter and mulch around the perimeter of the
> building.  You'll have to check with Lou, but I think they are predaceous.
> The only damage they cause is a red smear if crushed.
>
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> Tom Parker
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> Red snout mites are members of Bdellidae; this one looks more like an
> Erythraeidae.
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> I have found these too - also in Seattle. I think they are red snout mites.
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> BETSY BRUEMMER | Collections Manager
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> Hello everyone,
>
> I found this little guy (less than 1 mm) near our library, which is on the
> third floor. My first guess is that it's a mite, but since it was by our
> library, I wanted to be sure it wasn't something more harmful.
>
> Thank you!
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> Megan Jablonski
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