Definition of harvest mite in English:

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harvest mite

noun

A minute mite whose parasitic larvae live on or under the skin of warm-blooded animals where they cause irritation and dermatitis, and sometimes transmit scrub typhus.
  • Genus Trombicula, family Trombiculidae: many species, including the European T. autumnalis, which is common at harvest time.
Example sentences
  • Chigger bites are caused by the harvest mite or red bug, which commonly is found in grasslands of the southeastern United States.
  • Due to the soil in this area, harvest mite infestations are a particular problem locally.
  • Chiggers, the larvae of harvest mites, transmit the organism that causes scrub typhus.

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