cheese mite


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cheese mite

(ˈtʃiːzˌmaɪt) or

cheesemite

n
(Animals) a white soft-bodied free-living mite, Tyrophagus (or Tyroglyphus) longior, sometimes found in decaying cheese
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A cycle of six weeks in the warming chamber follows during which the cheeses take on a bloom or fine coat of mould on which cheese mites will feed.
Parmesan matures over four years and during the early months the cheeses are soft and have to be turned every few days to allow them to harden correctly, as well as having the rind scraped to rid it of cheese mites and exuding dairy fats.
Silverfish beetles, cheese mites, bats in the attic, centipedes; the list goes on.