Scabies are itch mites that cause, not only an infestation, but an infection under the human skin. They are microscopic insects that crawl into your skin to lay their nests. Scabies are extremely contagious and sometimes hard to identify. One of the only ways to know if you have scabies is by looking through a microscope. The best way, however, is by calling the Real Nashville Pest Control. They can identify and take care of it for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
Scabies are mites that are invisible to the human eye, unless you have a microscope to find them. They are whitish-brown and have eight legs. The symptoms are usually caused by the female mite. After she is fertilized, she burrows under the skin and lays her eggs. Then, she continues to tunnel through the skin until she dies. They go through four phases in their life-cycle: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Females lay 2-3 eggs every day during their lifespan. Their eggs are between 0.10 and 0.15 mm in length, making them extremely difficult to see, and they hatch within 3-4 days. Females are anywhere between 0.30 to 0.45 mm wide and males are more than half of that size. If you see mites under your skin, you may be seeing the males. Usually, they stay shallow within the skin until they find the females’ burrow to mate.
Habitat and Behavior:
Scabies usually burrow under the skin in places where the skin is thin, or the upper skin layer. Scabies are mostly found under the skin of hands and wrists by 63%. 11% are found at the elbows, 9% on feet and ankles, 12% in genital areas, and 2% underneath the armpits. Scabies are not usually found in desert areas. They are commonly transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, making it very easy to become infected by them. They are attracted to areas that lack sanitation.
Level of Danger & Signs of Infestation:
Scabies are very contagious, as you can spread them through skin-to-skin contact. Some people do not realize they are infected with scabies until after 2-3 months of them entering their skin. If you have scabies, there are some symptoms you could be experiencing. If you are itching, have a rash, or have pimple-like spots on your body, this could mean that you have scabies. Sometimes, the tiny burrows the females make are visible on the skin. They appear as crooked and raised gray-ish lines on the surface of your skin. They are most often found in the webs of your fingers/hands, elbows, skin folds of the wrist, knees, etc. If it becomes worse, it can cause an inflammation of the kidneys. If you have any of these symptoms, call the Real Nashville Pest Control, and they can help give you the best options of getting rid of them.
The best way to prevent Scabies is by avoiding touching someone who is infected and infested with them, or by touching their clothing and bedding. If one member of your family has scabies, it is recommended that the entire family be treated for them to prevent further infestations. Any and every sheet, blanket, clothing, etc should be machine washed and dried on high heat. If there is something that cannot be washed and dried, it should be put in a garbage bag and isolated. Scabies cannot live more than 2-3 days without human skin. However, the best way to prevent them is by calling the Real Nashville Pest Control. They can help you get rid of them, as well as help you prevent them.