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Dogs and Harvest Mites

16th Aug 2016

Dogs and Harvest Mites

It is that time of year again where the Farmers start cutting their fields and crops and Harvest Mites start appearing. Harvest Mites only occur during the late Summer/Early Autumn months and it is very important you know the signs and symptoms of Harvest Mites and what they can do to your dog.

What are Harvest Mites?

They are found in grass, woodlands and other foliage and hop on to bite any animal or human that passes. In the UK we have the mite Trombicula autumnalis during July - September and most dogs are affected by them late on in the summer months.  It is the mites first active stage of life as Larvae called Larval Mites that affect your dog once the mite is at the nymph or adult stage they do not affect dogs. The Larval Mite will feed on your dog for up to five days until they drop off and move onto their next life stage. They are small and red in appearance and look like speckled Paprika on your dog.

Harvest Mite

Harvest Mites can also be known as:

-Harvest bugs
-Bracken bugs
-Berry bugs
-Red Bugs
Harvest Mites Life Cycle

What are the signs of Harvest Mites?

The first sign that your dog has these mites is sudden licking and biting their feet with urgency. On examination on the top of your dogs paws right in between their toes you will find clusters of small raised reddish orange spots that look like paprika in colour.

Keep an eye out for the following signs

- Swollen paws

- Irriated and Inflammed Paws

- Small raised orange bumps inbetween the dogs paws or at the ends of their ears.

- Red Paws

- Dog Licking and Biting at Paws

- Scratching at the dogs ears

All of the above are tell tale signs that your dog may have Harvest Mites, it is very important you act quickly as the Mites will make your dog very uncomfortable. 

Harvest Mites on a Dogs Foot

How are Harvest Mites treated?

Harvest Mites can only be treated using Frontline or Effipro spray, this is the only effective method to kill the mites and stop the continuation of infestation. You can only get this spray from your dogs Vet so it is very important you consult them to treat the Mites. You will need to Spray the Frontline/Effipro directly onto the affected area and with gloves on massage the treatment into the dogs skin. For more sensitive areas such as around the face and ears it is best to spray it onto your hands first and then massage the treatment in. 

You may have to repeat the treatment a few times to prevent re-infestation but contact your dogs Vet for advice.

For more information on Dogs and Harvest Mites and how to treat them please take a look at our other blog post on the topic.

Harvest Mites being treated


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