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Scabies Is Misunderstood

Monday July 9, 2012

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Question:

During a Bedbug treatment without knowing it I was exposed to itch mites (Scabies). What would be the best protocol to protect myself during and after a bedbug treatment? Also, some background on the itch mite.

Larry, NY

Mr Pest Control

Answer:

I don't think you really have anything to worry about here. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and this is consistent with any other factual websites you can find on Scabies, these mites are "spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies". The mites simply do not fall off a person and wander around in a room. However.........the CDC goes on to say that it is "possible" for scabies mites to be transferred from an infected person simply with a handshake if that person has the scabies on his hands. Off of the host these mites cannot survive more than a couple of days, so transmission from the general environment would only be possible if you spent time in contact with fabrics or other surf... Read more

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