House dust mites

Identification

  • Colour Off-white to cream
  • Size About 0.33 mm long
  • Description Their body is soft, oval and flattened.
  • Notes Can usually only be seen with a microscope.

General Facts

Why do I have house-dust mites?

House-dust mites prefer areas of high moisture, with at least 60% relative humidity. They feed on shed human and animal skin, as well as fungi and spilled food. Because of this, house-dust mites live wherever they can find expelled skin, most commonly living rooms and bedrooms.

How worried should I be about house-dust mites?

The excrement of house-dust mites may trigger allergic reactions and asthma in some individuals. Severe house-dust mite infestation can cause dermatitis. House-dust mites are not easily controlled, but a professional pest control service will give you advice on how best identify them, eradice and prevent them.

How can I prevent house-dust mites invading?

Change bed linen weekly, Vacuum using a HEPA filter, Maintain lower relative humidity, Use dehumidifiers around the home, Choose thread counts above 246, Vacuum mattress and pillow cases frequently, Use dust-mite resistant mattress encasements

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