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
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
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
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
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
The Allergy Store+
what are bed mites - allergy store - qa -
updated apr 2012