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Everything About Scabies and How to Eliminate them From your Home or Business


Sarcoptes scabiei


Scabies is a highly contagious skin disease caused by Sarcoptes scabiei which is a mite causing a highly contagious skin infestation known as Scabies. This itch mite is a parasite that burrows into the skin causing Scabies. Symptoms of scabies are the allergic reaction from the bug. Scabies is during a period of direct skin contact, this why the spread of an infection can spread during sex. Scabies often seen in crowded, unhygienic living conditions, child care facilities, group homes, and prisons are places where an infestation can spread quickly, with an estimated 300 million global cases annually.


How do you get rid of Scabies?

The mite can travel from person to person through skin contact this is how most people become infected. It is possible to get the scabies disease from bedding, clothes, and furniture, but most infestation comes from sexual contact. Scabies Mite can survive 24 – 72 hours without human contact, you must wash and dry bedding within three days of contact with an infected individual and sexual contacts within a month must be notified. There are topical creams prescribed by your local health care provider that will help you eliminate the disease.


How to identify Scabies Mite

Adult scabies mites are spherical, eyeless insects with four pairs of legs. They are recognisable by their oval, flattened tortoise shaped abdomens. Their front legs end in tubular like suckers, and the back legs end with long bristles. There are suckers on all legs except for the third pair and are half the size of females distinguishing it from the female.


You will not see the actual scabies mites; you will, however, be aware of the rash which the Scabies mite causes. The Mite moves and burrows along your body it is your skin reacting to the secretion left from the mite that is where the discomfort comes from.


Sign of Scabies Infestation

The action of the mites moving along and within the skin, itself produces an intense itch that resembles that of an allergic reaction. The adult female after it has been fertilized burrows into the skin and lays eggs. Burrowing is carrying out by the mouthparts and front legs while burrowing they use their back legs to anchor itself. Eggs laid, as the mite burrows they hatch, the larvae climb out in search of hair follicles where they feed and moult. The itch is worse at night when people are less distracted, and symptoms worsen with heat and warmth.


Signs of scabies are itching skin and rash on the body, the places where you will find scabies mite irritation on your body are groin area front and back, small of your back, between your shoulder blades, elbows, knees, armpits, wrists, and hands.


How Addison can help Eliminate Scabies

There are some medications available for treatment. Sexual contacts and individuals who live in same house must treat bedding and clothing used in the last several days. This bug can only survive off the skin for a few days, agitation from the wash can help kill bugs. It is possible that symptoms will continue for 2-4 following weeks.


Where did they come from / how did I get them?

The most common form of transmission is through sexual contact. If you are in contact with a sexual partner is infected with scabies within that last month the risk is extremely high for contracting the disease. It is also possible to contract the disease from shared clothing, bedding, and furniture.


What does Scabies Mite eat?

Unfortunately, Scabies Mite feeds on human skin, these microscopic mites feed and burrow in your body causing the disease known as scabies.


How serious are Scabies?

Scabies is a very common skin disorders found in children. The disease produces severe, itchy skin rash where the impregnated female has been tunnelling into the top layer of skin and deposits eggs in her burrow. The eggs hatch molt into a nymphal stage then matures to adults, which is where they live for 3 – 4 weeks. Areas with frequent skin-to-skin contact such as hands and wrists, as the bugs and disease transmitted through human skin contact, this is why they spread very quickly.


How Can Addison Help Eliminate Scabies?

At Addison, we combine chemical and physical control methods to ensure that a scabies infestation is eliminated quickly and safely with the minimum impact on the environment. We use a combination of non-toxic residual insecticidal spray and a crack and crevice treatment to ensure any scabies in wall voids or soffits will not be able to survive.


If you discover a nest that is well established and causing significant nuisance or financial loss to your home or business we advise you to take extreme precautionary methods while removing the nest or contact a pest control professional to eliminate the nest and implements a physical and chemical pest control program if necessary.


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How Addison can help Prevent Scabies Infestations in the Future

At Addison, our main goal is to help you eliminate and prevent pest infestation. Scabies is highly contagious and can be passed quite easily from partner to partner through skin to skin contact. We use a combination of three treatments to ensure out quality and guarantee. Launder all clothes bedding and taking precautions to not re-contaminate bedding with soiled garments is very impotant. It can be time consuming and costly for some but it is a neccesary step in further prevention. Contact sexual partners within the last month and making people aware of the situation, identifying where you got it from and who you have passed it on to. Be sure to contact a haleth professional and they can help you by providing a combination of treatment and information to assess your situation further. 


Addison will come to your home and assess the situation and provide the proper treamtnet according to each indivudal case. Call for a free quote, 416 628 6963.


List of Treatment for Skin Irritation:

Permethrin Cream (Topical)

Lindane Lotion (Chemical Treatment)

Crotamiton Euraz (Cream or Lotion)

Ivermectin Stromectol (Oral Medication)


Additional Information


When infecting a human host, the adult female burrows into the outermost layer of the skin, where she lays eggs at a rate of around 2 – 3 eggs a day for about two months.Oval eggs are 0.1–0.15 mm long and hatch into larvae in 3 – 4 days. The female can lay up to 30 eggs and then dies at the end of a burrow. It takes 9-11 days for males to reach adulthood, and females 17 days.

Life Cycle

After hatching the six-legged larvae migrate to the skin surface and then burrow in their molting pouches, usually hair follicles. After 3 – 4 days, the larvae molt turning into an eight-legged nymph, followed by a second molt into slightly larger nymph before their final molt into adults. The adult mites then molt when the male enters the molting pouch of the female. The mating occurs once and leaves the female sterile. The impregnated female then leaves the molting pouch in search of a suitable location for permanent burrow; this is where the female creates her characteristic S-shaped tunnel. The females spend the duration of her life lengthening her burrow and laying eggs along the way.

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