UPDATED 11:46 AM PT – Sunday, August 8, 2021
Residents in the Washington, D.C. area have been warned of a flesh-eating insect that’s moved into the area. According to the Arlington County Department of Human Services, they’ve been alerted of an oak leaf itch mite infestation making its way across the region.
The mites are said to be 1/125 inch long and nearly impossible to see by the human eye. However, they leave behind painful and itchy sores.
The mites are said to feed on cicada eggs and oak trees, and have ability to fly off trees and land onto humans.
The recent cicada brood, which emerged over the summer, was found in around 30 states across the country. For now, the Health Department has suggested long clothing and bug spray, saying the bites aren’t particularly harmful.