Answer to Parasite Case of the Week 606: Demodex folliculorum, the human follicle mite. Like all mites, this arthropod is an arachnid, related to ticks and spiders. It is NOT an insect. Note the presence of 8 legs in its adult state.Case of the Week 278 to see lovely little pair of mites), and Dr. Pankaj commented that the mites stain red with an acid fast stain. I will definitely have to try this!
I also like Kosta's suggestion of having students sample their ears for Demodex mites. Another thing I will have to try. After all, part of the fun of teaching parasitology is 'grossing everyone out'. Also, as Idzi mentioned, it is a great reminder that one is never along, along as the Demodex buddies are there!