Where Do Scabies Mites Come From?

Where Do Scabies Mites Come From?

Where Do Scabies Mites Come From?

According to the Department of Public Health in Illinois, scabies mites typically originate from a human infestation through direct contact with another person's skin, or person-to-person contact. The mites can also originate from the clothing or bedding of a person who is infected.

The mites cause the most common kind of infestation in human beings, according to Illinois' Department of Public Health. They create tunnels approximately a centimeter long below the skin's surface in order to lay their eggs and to feed on their host. Feeding on a human being's secretions and skin allows a scabies mite to live approximately 2 weeks. People who have never been exposed to scabies before may not notice any symptomatic problems, such as itching, for as long as a month.