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Controlling Mites In The Kitchen

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Mites are very small insect relatives that sometimes infest stored foods. Both the grain mite and the cheese mite are about 0.3 to 0.66 mm (1/64 - 1/32 inch) long and translucent pearly white. They can infest flour, stored cereal products, cheese and dried foods. Home cured meats can also be infested by mites. If large numbers of mites are present, dermatitis (an irritating rash) can develop from handling infested foods. Mites are controlled with a thorough cleanup of the infested area.

For a complete listing of suggested control options for all home, yard and garden insect pests contact your local Extension Service, found under local government in the phone book.

Read and follow instructions on the pesticide label. Heed all warnings. Check with your physician if you have any concerns regarding your personal health risk. Revised by Tom Ellis, M.S., Department of Entomology



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