There are two classes of these Indian Fakirs, (1) the religious orders, and (2) the nomad rogues who infest the country.
For a longer or shorter period of their lives ticks are parasitic upon vertebrate animals of various kinds; but although the belief that the bite of certain tropical species is poisonous has long been held by the natives of the countries they infest and has been recorded with corroborative evidence by European authors in books of travel, it is only of recent years that accurate information has been acquired of the part played by these Arachnids in transmitting from one host to another protozoal blood-parasites which cause serious or fatal diseases to man and other animals.
On this the principal people sleep, and it serves as a storehouse inaccessible to rats, which infest all the islands.
Some of them infest dwelling-houses and swarm over the food.
Among the other fungi which infest the vine may be mentioned Phyllosticta viticola and Ph.
At least four species of fleas (including Pulex irritans) which infest the common rat are known to bite man, and are believed to be the active agents in the transmission of plague from rats to human beings.
Sharks infest the estuaries.
With the exception of the genus Trichodectes, the various species of which are found on mammalia, all infest birds (as their English names implies) (see BIRDLousE).
The nature of the breeding-place varies greatly according to the species, and while many of the mosquitoes that infest houses will breed even in the smallest accidental accumulation of water such as may have collected in a discarded bottle or tin, the larvae of other species less closely associated with man are found in natural pools or ditches, at the margins of slow-moving streams, in collections of water in hollow trees and bamboo-stumps, or even in the water-receptacles of certain plants.
Multitudes of meteors infest space.