Mange mites cause irritation, thickened scaly skin, hair loss, hide damage and reduced productivity. It is mainly a problem in autumn, winter and early spring. Different mites are commonly found in different body areas as follows:
- Surface mites – neck, legs and tail head, causing areas of hair loss which increases in size and causes irritation.
- Burrowing mites – neck and loin area next to the tail, producing intense irritation and severe skin damage. Large areas become thick, crusted and eventually infected.
- Psoroptic mange – back, shoulders and tail head causing severe dermatitis, scabs and intense itching.