I have been trying to understand more about what everyone keeps calling Turkey Mites. After studying this in detail to find out more I keep finding little about turkey mites. So for from what I have found ( I maybe wrong - insufficient information) there really isn't such thing as a turkey mite other than a new term to describe these small bugs. The bugs are real and appear to be classified as Seed Ticks which are the larvae stage of tick growth.
Seed Ticks"SEED TICKS / TURKEY MITES" SERIOUS PESTS
By Lee Townsend
Lone star tick larvae and nymphs (immature stages) are very abundant now. Earlier in the summer, female ticks deposited masses of several thousand eggs on the ground. Anyone unfortunate enough to stand in or to pass through such a site can easily pick up dozens (and dozens) of larvae. A sample that arrived this week contained 104 pin- head sized ticks picked off of a 4-year old.
These tiny, 6 or 8-legged creatures, also called "seed ticks, sometimes turkey mites", are most active between July and October. During this time, the larvae climb low vegetation and wait with outstretched front legs to latch on to passing animals or humans. Once "on board", they crawl around to find a suitable place to attach and feed. The painful feeding site can be irritating for days after the tick has detached or been removed.
Hikers, hunters, and persons working outdoors should be aware that seed ticks apparently are much more abundant than normal this year. Use repellents and check regularly for ticks. See ENT- 35 for more information.
Clothing repellents that contain permethrin (eg Permanone) can greatly reduce, but not necessarily eliminate encounters with ticks. These products are for clothing not application to the skin. See http:http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entom...ruct/ef618.htm - Ticks and Disease for more information.
what-the-heck-are-turkey-mites/Ticks have four life stages: egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph and adult. After the egg hatches, the tiny larva (sometimes called a “seed tick”) feeds on an appropriate host. The larva then develops (molts) into the larger nymph. The nymph feeds on a host and then molts into an even larger adult. Both male and female adults find and feed on a host, then the females lay eggs sometime after feeding.
So whats the difference between a mite and a tick. Well thats a tougher question because a tick is a large mite.
In Conclusion, Turkey Mites (Seed Ticks) are larvae stage of ticks.WHAT IS A MITE?
Like all arachnids, mites and ticks have 4 pairs of legs, pincer-like mouthparts called "chelicerae," 2 antennae-like appendages near the mouth called "pedipalps," and no antennae. Although all arachnids have 2 main body segments (cephalothorax and abdomen), on mites and ticks the segments are fused and appear to be 1 large segment. Like spiders and most other arachnids, adult mites have 8 legs, while some immature stages have 6 legs.
Okay, So What is a Tick?
A tick is a type of mite: the word "tick" is used to describe large, parasitic mite species that attach themselves to hosts for several days at a time.
SIZE: Most mites are very small (less than 1/10"). Some ticks can grow to about 1/4".
So if you have a couple hundred red dots on you they are Ticks