Definition of harvest mite in English:

harvest mite


  • 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

    • ‘Due to the soil in this area, harvest mite infestations are a particular problem locally.’
    • ‘Insecticides licensed for on-animal flea control will effectively kill harvest mites provided that they reach the skin and not just the fur.’
    • ‘Chigger bites are caused by the harvest mite or red bug, which commonly is found in grasslands of the southeastern United States.’
    • ‘Chiggers, the larvae of harvest mites, transmit the organism that causes scrub typhus.’
    • ‘The scientific name for chiggers is Trombicula mites, and they are also known as harvest mites.’