Mange Mites

How to Get Rid of Mange Mites


Mange is a general term for  several skin conditions caused by tiny mites that infest the skin or hair follicles of dogs, cats and other mammals. Symptoms of  mange include intense itching, hair loss and often a fowl odor. Some forms of mange are more serious or contagious than others, depending on the species of mite infesting the affected animal. Stress brought on by intense itching or secondary infections from wounds opened by scratching can be fatal.


TYPES OF MANGE MITES:  Three types of mites can cause mange in dogs:


  • Sarcoptic mange mites are the same mites that cause scabies in humans. Like scabies, sarcoptic mites burrow into the skin causing allergic reactions and intense itching. In dogs, they can cause widespread hair loss and oozing sores. A dog with sarcoptic mange can easily pass the parasite infestation to humans. In humans, scabies mites cause intense itching and red skin bumps similar to bug bites. The scabs and bumps often develop into scabs or sores due to frequent scratching.
  • Demodex mites commonly live in hair follicles and usually cause no symptoms. Occasionally, populations explode, causing intense itching,  thinning of the hair or small bald spots around the eyes, muzzle and front legs. In advanced cases, bald patches can occur all over the body.  Demodex mites can be transferred from one dog to another, but as long as the dog is healthy, no skin diseases will result.  Demodectic mange is usually associated with stress or other illness which predisposes the animal to outbreak.
  • Cheyletiella mites cause itching and dandruff, particularly around the head and neck of infected dogs, cats or rabbits. They can also live comfortably on humans for extended periods of time. The skin irritation these mites produce is commonly referred to as walking dandruff, due to the appearance of moving skin scales carried by the mites. Unlike scabies, they don’t complete their entire life cycle on humans and are thus considered to be transient parasites. They can live apart from a host for up to ten days, seeking new hosts and infesting other territories within the home. The good news is that they can’t reproduce on humans. Human symptoms generally resolve when pet infestations are addressed. Traditional flea sprays and powders are often ineffective against this mite.

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For all types of mites that cause mange, direct spray treatment of pets, humans, carpets and furniture is strongly advised. Mites absorb air through pores called sphericals. The aroma of our indoor cedar oil formulation triggers an instant danger response, forcing the mite to close its breathing pores.


FOR HUMANS AND PETS:  Spray pets and humans with Dr. Ben’s Evictor or  Dr. Ben’s Paws & Claws, our organic cedar oil formula.  Do not rinse. If necessary, a generous amount may be applied to human hair. Place a non porous  shower or swim cap over a freshly saturated scalp and leave the cap in place for an hour.


HOME TREATMENT:  Since cheyletiella mites can live without a host for up to ten days, it’s particularly important to spray carpets, couches and bedding with Dr. Ben’s Evictor. The solution will not stain. For advanced infestations in homes with multiple pets, fumigation may be necessary. Our state-of-the-art fog machine penetrates unseen cracks and crevices where all types of parasites hide.