Population of fox species endemic to central California's San Joaquin Valley is now being threatened with a highly contagious skin disease caused by mites.
Backyard chickens living in spacious coops with access to the great outdoors carry more ticks, mice and lice than their poultry farm-raised counterparts. Researchers from the University of California, Riverside, hope their study will help chicken owners implement more effective methods of parasite prevention.
A new study revealed face mites – microscopic animals that live on our faces and in our hair – evolved along side humans. Moreover, people from different parts of the world host different mite lineages that follow families through generations.
Honeybee decline worldwide continues to baffle scientists, and while invasive parasites have been blamed before, new research shows that a tiny single-celled parasite may have a greater-than expected impact on colonies by infecting larvae.
US honeybee populations continue to suffer - the reason for which still eludes scientists - as new research has revealed that their numbers have dropped more than 40 percent during the year spanning April 2014 to April 2015.
Fifty million years ago, a mite started munching on an innocent ant's head, and the pair has just recently been found preserved in amber, a new study describes.
Believe it nor not, there are mites living on your face right now, and no amount of scrubbing is going to get them off. Researchers have known for more than a century that Demodex mites like to hang out on human skin, but a study recently published in the journal PLOS ONE is the first to fully investigate these critters.