How often do scabies mites lay eggs?
The female scabies mite lays eggs at a rate of about two to three per day for a period of two months.
Scabies eggs are usually found deep inside the scabies burrows and not on the outside of the skin.
Scabies Mites Facts:
- Female scabies mites lays one to three eggs daily for several weeks.
- The female scabies mite is specially attracted to body warmth and odour and is known to hide under or on any jewellery or even under nails.
- There they lay eggs and die after about a month.
- Scabies mites can survive without a host for up to three days.
- If you have scabies elsewhere and scratch it, you may get some of the mites and eggs under your fingernails.
- Scabies is an infectious disease of the skin caused by a mite, Sarcoptes scabiei whose penetration is visible as papules or vesicles, or as tiny burrows containing the mites and their eggs.