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What Are Bed Mites


The most common "Bed Mite" is the house dust mite. House dust mites can be a problem in any building, in any city, clean or dirty. They are not as bad in unoccupied buildings because there is not much to eat.


Dust mites are generally found in beds, pillows, upholstered  furniture, rugs, or other places where people sleep or sit for long periods. Dust mites require a damp environment and that is why beds are a mites favorite place to hang out.


Adult mites live for one to three months, feeding on a variety of foods including dog food, cereals, yeast and their favorite food our dead skin. They like our pets skin too. Dust mites don't bite...


The good news it is easy to deal with dust mites and make your home pretty much dust " Bed" mite free.

  • Keep the bedroom as dust free as possible.

  • Cover the bedding - mattress, pillows, box springs, duvet and featherbed - with dust mite proof bed covers.

  • Wash your sheets weekly in hot water.

  • Use a denaturing allergy control product - ADMS or ADS spray,  X-mite Carpet treatment - on the furniture, drapes and carpet.

  • The use of dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture.

Some other mites that some people have called bed mites include;


Itch mite:  This mites bite can cause scabies" or the "seven-year itch."  We can be bitten when we get around straw, hay, grasses, leaves, seeds or similar material. The mites cannot be seen and the bites are not felt, but leave itchy red marks that can resemble a skin rash.


Favored sites are in the skin between the fingers, the folds at the wrists, at the bend of the elbow or knee, and under the breasts. Fortunately, the mites cannot live on humans, do not survive indoors, and are not known to transmit disease.


Tropical rat mite : This mite is associated with rats and it feeds also on humans and many other warm-blooded animals. The bite is painful, causing intense itching and a skin irritation known as rat-mite dermatitis.


The most common areas where these mites are found are areas that may be infested with rats, such as warehouses, stores, apartments and old buildings.


Chiggers : These mites attack people and dogs during the larval stage.  They are most common in the southern U.S. where it is warmer during the entire year. They primarily live in plants like grass.


These mites are barely visible to the naked eye and are very active. When you come in contact with infested areas they will literally swarm over your body. These mites cause severe itching and a definite dermatitis. I dislike chiggers more that dust mites.


The world is full of different types of mites. Usually the only one you have to worry about being in your bed is the most common, the dust mite.


Wishing you the best of health


what are bed mites - allergy store - qa - updated apr 2014



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