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Population dynamics of house dust mites (Acari Pyroglyphidae) in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain)

Agratorres, J.M. ; Pereira-Lorenzo, A. and Fernandez-Fernandez, I.

1999 - Volume: 40 Issue: 1 pages: 59-63


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Fifteen houses in three different areas of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain) were sampled during a year, in order to analyse the distribution and abundance of house dust mites. In each house, a mattress and living room were sampled. House dust mites were present in every house, with more than 100 mites per gram of dust. Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus was the most prevalent species (75 %), followed by Euroglyphus maynei (13 %) and D. farinae (6.2 %). D. farinae was better represented in the urban zone than in the rural zone. Differences in relative humidity levels recorded between these habitats might explain this distribution.

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1999 Agratorres, J.M.; Pereira-Lorenzo, A. and Fernandez-Fernandez, I.
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