There are many different kinds of insects that we deal with as a Broken Arrow pest control company. A lot of these insects can cause fear and mental discomfort. In addition, many of these insects can bite and cause people to itch. Inflammatory responses are normal when people get bit by different things.  But every once in a while, an issue comes up that is a little more difficult to diagnose. One of the main ones are scabies. These small insects attack people in their skin and make them itch profusely. In this article, let’s take a look at scabies, their lifecycle and what we can do to protect ourselves from them.


Scabies are caused by microscopic mite called Sarcoptes scabei. This insect is so small that you can’t see it with the naked eye. The female will burrow down inside the skin laying eggs as she goes. As she burrows, your skin will start to itch. The female will stay at the very end of the tunnel until she dies a few days later. When the eggs hatch, they will travel back up the tube to the surface where they will develop into adulthood and then mate. Then the female pregnant mites will repeat the process going down deeper into the skin surface.

The Scabies mite require human skin in order to survive and reproduce. They can’t survive off of our bodies. That means that they can’t be found in our clothing, our bedding, our homes, our vehicles or any other outside place for more than a few days. Because of this, you’re Broken Arrow pest control company actually can’t do anything to get rid of scabies. These mites can only be removed from you by a licensed doctor. They can prescribe a topical ointment that may be applied to the skin. This can alleviate the itching and kill the mites that are there. If you suspect that you’re dealing with scabies, it’s a good idea to get in contact with your doctor or seek some other form of medical attention.


Scabies is often found in children. This is because this parasite is transmitted by skin to skin contact. Kids often are playing together and touch one another profusely. They can also be transmitted with a sexual partner. Anyone that you have a lot of skin contact with can be a possible transmitter of this parasite.  But just because sexual contact has the ability to transmit this insect, does not mean that anyone that has scabies is either promiscuous nor dirty. It can happen in the most innocent of settings. It’s just important to be educated about how this parasite moves from person to person.

In most situations, the average person will only have 10 to 15 actual mites on their body, if they suffer an infestation. When a person gets infested with these mites, it takes some time before they start to see the symptoms. The reason for this is because the actual symptoms are caused by the skins and immune system reaction to the waste that these insects produce.  This process can usually take one to four days. The biggest indicator of an issue is the intense itching and rash. In addition to those two symptoms, you can also have red or brown nodules or large bumps on the skin. The itching can often be worse at night and be on any part of the skin. Your Broken Arrow pest control company will have more information.


Once scabies has been properly diagnosed, a topical ointment with a permethrin active ingredient can be applied and it usually will subside in a few days. This ointment can only be prescribed by a doctor. Again because of this it’s only possible to get rid of these by getting in touch with your medical professional. It’s a good idea to try to trace back where you possibly could’ve gotten these insects from, so that you can notify anyone else that may be in danger of scabies.

While scabies can’t survive long off of the human skin, they can be transmitted through some form of clothing. It’s important that you avoid sharing clothing and towels. Also, if your child goes to a sleep over party, provide your own sleeping bag, pillow and blanket. If you find that someone has been diagnosed with scabies in your home, then it’s probably a good idea to start cleaning all of their clothing and bedding. Wash all of this on high heat in order to kill any bugs that may be in them. Any clothing that you can’t wash, seal in a bag in a store for about a week. Scabies mites die within one to four days if they do not have contact with the human skin.


Vacuuming your carpet can also be another great way to remove any scabies that could be around. In some cases you have to retreat if the itching continues more than 2 to 4 weeks after the treatment. This is because eggs have hatched that have not been dealt with by the first treatment. But again, contacting your doctor and working in conjunction with him will give you the information you need to do this. Unfortunately, your Broken Arrow pest control company can’t help you with scabies other than possibly helping you to identify them.

If you think you having any kind of issues with pests, it’s time to call in a Broken Arrow pest control company that you can trust. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with all kinds of insects, rodents and other pests. We service the greater Tulsa area including Broken Arrow, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Turley, Jenks, Claremore, Catoosa and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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