Scab and Follicle Mites
The two most common mites infecting goats are the scab mite (Sarcoptes) and the follicle mite (Demodex).
- Contact with infected goats.
- The scab mite causes severe itching, loss of hair, and scab formation.
- The follicle mite causes small lumps, usually on the forequarters but possibly over the entire body.
- Mange is transmitted by contact with infected goats.
- Use insecticides thoroughly and repeat at 2 week intervals for 2 to 3 months.
- Insecticides should be used with caution on kids because of their extreme sensitivity.
- Both types of mange are difficult to control, especially the follicle mite.
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