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Symptoms of autumn grass mites


The autumn grass mite (Neotrombicula autumnalis) is a mite whose orange-colored larvae live parasitically on mammals such as dogs.

Disease origin and development

The small larvae look for areas of skin that are as hairless as possible (eg on the paws between the claws) on their host animals. There you scratch the skin and, if you let it, live on the tissue sap of your host for about a week. They need this food in order to develop into an adult mite.

Clinical picture – symptoms

The mites cause severe itching and inflammation of the skin, such as pustules and wheals. The constant scratching can cause sore parts of the body that can become inflamed. The mite larvae can be seen with the naked eye.


Autumn grass mites are distributed differently from region to region, but above all they love moist meadows. As a preventive measure, you should avoid areas that are contaminated with autumn grass mites. Ask other dog owners or your veterinarian if they are aware of any areas of disease in your area. Effective preparations against the orange pest are available from the vet.

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