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Oak mites could make fall itchy

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Source: University Hospitals Case Medical Center Source: University Hospitals Case Medical Center

The fall may have just gotten a little itchier.

Oak mites were first discovered in the United State around 2004, and according to the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, this year the pest has been causing some big problems.

Doctors are apparently seeing more of the itchy welts, caused by a mite bite, than ever in the Midwest.

The mites are so small they can’t been seen by the naked eye, and can sneak through window screens.

While the welts caused by the mites should eventually disappear, Dr. Lolita McDavid, MD, Medical Director of Child Advocacy and Protection at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, said that excessive itching can cause infections.

Dr. McDavid said insect repellants and tree spraying have no affect on the mites.

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