Harvest mites, or 'chiggers', are seasonal parasites seen mainly in the autumn time – a habit which gives them their name Neotrombicula autumnalis. Harvest mites live in rural areas, and dogs can easily pick up this parasite while on a walk, especially in chalky areas. It is the larval stages that actually affect our pets, and these can be seen by the human eye as small red or bight orange dots which may cluster around the ears, head, feet or belly.
Some dogs seem to be affected by harvest mites more than others, with some becoming very itchy and others showing no signs at all. For itchy dogs, this itching is usually concentrated mainly on the feet.
Harvest mites can also be seen in cats and humans.