Message Number: YG5498 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Russell Prater
Date: 2001-07-14 13:29:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: human ear mite question

Sukie Crandall wrote:

> Almost never with the same types. They don't find us tasty enough.
> Have read of a child who had them and it was weird enough to make the
> literature years back. I once found them in mine (Have microscope.)
> within a day or so or doing the ferrets when we were busy knocking
> down an infestation but they rapidly decided that they'd rather starve
> than eat from me. Don't know if they are blood eaters, wax eaters,
> skin cell eaters, or what...

I'm pretty sure that you'll find that they are blood suckers, which
accounts for the dark waste they deposit in ferret's ears. I once read
of someone who deliberately infested himself with the mites, for
whatever reason. Said he could hear them walking across his eardrum.
Cleared them up with ivermectin when his experiment was over.

Russ, Booger, Bonnie & Clyde

URA Redneck if you've ever been on television not wearing a shirt.