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There are over 45,000 species of mites throughout the world. They are closely related to the tick. Mites live in a variety of habitats including soil, water, plants and animals. Most mites are very small, only about 1 mm in size. Interestingly, while larval mites have three pairs of legs, adult mites have four pairs of legs. Many species of mites are considered parasites. They destroy plants and spread disease in animals. One very common mite is the dust mite. Dust mites can be found in mattresses, pillows, upholstered furniture, rugs and other places where people sleep or sit. Dust mites are a major source of allergies in humans, including hay fever, asthma and eczema. Play the following videos to learn more about the mite.

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