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Tiny white mites in bedroom and living room HELP

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Cartoonhead4y, 6m agoPosted 4 years, 6 months ago
Hi Folks, I really need help here as me and the misses are going out of our minds!!

Last week i woke up and checked my phone for messages, I normally put it on the floor at the side of the bed, I noticed a very tiny bug crawling across the screen, it was very very tiny, mite like size.

On further inspection of the floor and bedside cabinet I noticed there was quite a few of these little mites crawling all over the top and inside a couple of the drawers, there was also some more on the electrical extension lead at the side of the bed where the light plugs into.

Basically cutting a long story short, we hoovered the whole cabinets, inside all drawers, carpet, bed and moved everything that was nearby and sealing them in ziplock bags, my PS3 remote had about 30 of the little buggers come out of it inside the bag, it's still in there and awaiting to be stripped down, the sky remote also had them in, as did other remote controls, the misses makeup cases also had them in, the bed however did not have any on, nothing on quilt, mattress or pillows, the bed frame also was bug free which I found strange.

Anyway we was still finding these even after cleaning and hoovering, so i went down to homebase a hired the rug doctor, used boiliing hot water with cleaner and dettol in it and thought this would do the trick, but we are still finding them.

Tonight we have also found them downstairs in the living room, again on the electrical extension socket, side table and a couple on a few other things.

I've been reading around on the internet and read alsorts of stories and problems with mites, they are not bed bugs or dust mites as these are microscopic and cannot be seen, the ones we have are white/cream coloured and about the size of a grain of salt if not smaller.

We have no damp or mould in the house, all the rooms are well ventilated and aired, we also keep each room well hoovered and dusted, all the furniture we have is quite new (not second hand or vintage)

I've been using a henry hoover with HEPA bag to hoover these critters up but they are getting out of control now and it's getting me down.

The only thing we have had done recently in the house is the bathroom re-plastered and also downstairs fireplace plastered also, however I've looked up plaster mites and these say they are more like beetles rather than mites.

Can anyone help and give me some advice?

Cheers

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Cartoonhead4y, 6m agoPosted 4 years, 6 months ago
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Jitteraez
Hey guys

I feel your pain! I've fairly recently begun to notice these little guys in huge amounts on the window sill and on furniture. I decided to conduct a little experiment to find some substances that these guys really don't like. I did try just regular bug spray initially, but the little monsters just keep on walking! I figured since they seem rather indestructible (besides individually squashing them), that instead of aiming to kill them, I'd aim to make the place so uncomfortable for them that they'd move on voluntarily. I guess you can say I'm viewing them as unwelcome guests, and my aim is to evict them.

I purchased 4 natural, but potentially irritating substances: white vinegar, clove oil, eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil. For my little tests, I found some mites (not hard to do), and using each substance, I drew a circle around said mites.

The vinegar didn't seem to bother them much, even while still wet they would crawl through it, however vinegar is amazing for killing mould, so I still plan to use it.

The eucalyptus oil seemed to keep them at bay temporarily, but dried/evaporated very quickly, and once dry the mites appeared to have no problems crawling through it. Again, eucalyptus oil is anti-fungal, and did appear to irritate the mites while wet. So I do plan to continue using this in my fight against mould/mites.

The tea tree oil lasted a little longer than the eucalyptus, though it too eventually dried up. The mites still seemed to hesitate even once it was dry, as I guess there were still vapours. But eventually one of them decided to crawl through it and escape my ring of doom.

Lastly, and most successfully, the clove oil! I've had a single mite trapped in the ring of clove oil for the past hour. It just keeps circling around, trying to find a way around the oil without going through it. The clove oil also doesnt seem to evaporate or dry nearly as quickly, it tends to be a thicker oil. It's also very pungent and judging from the way it stung when i accidentally rubbed near my eye, I'd imagine it's not fun for a little mite to crawl through. So far seems like clove oil is a winner in the war against mites.

So my next plan of attack is to make a mixture of all oils and vinegar, clean any areas that might be harbouring mould, and then get a lot more clove oil. I'll be rubbing clove oil on everything in sight (and also moving furniture to spray some around). I've also ordered a dehumidifier to dry the air out a bit, as I am still getting condensation on the windows. I've removed my curtains and plan to get acrylic roll-up blinds (easier to wipe down, and no fabric to catch and hold mould spores or hide mites).

Don't give up guys, we can beat these little monsters! We just need to be proactive in finding ways to deter them. No critter's gonna stick around indefinitely if you make it massively uncomfortable. So let's focus less on trying to kill every single one, and instead focus on making them so damn uncomfortable that they evict themselves.

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LoozR#1
Are they booklice?
choc1969#2
Woodworm ?
LoozR#3
Carpet beetle?
TUSSFC#4
Why not get a professional pest control person in ...
Cartoonhead#5
LoozR
Are they booklice?


dont think so mate, they don't seem to be attracted to paper or cardboard, more things that have dead human skin on such as tv remotes and like i say PS3 remote

My misses soft nintendo DS case had a few on them, I washed it twice in boiling water with washing liquid and dettol and there is still the odd one crawling out of the fibres, so I'm going to bag it up and freeze the sucker
Cartoonhead#6
TUSSFC
Why not get a professional pest control person in ...


That's my next stop if I cannot find anything that can be purchased off the shelf that can kill them, just wondered if anyone else has ever had them
Civic EG6#7
Check out one of my previous threads. I agree they are the size of dust specks but move.
LoozR#8
http://www.bumblebee.org/invertebrates/images/Cheyletus.jpg
Above is Cheyletus sp. a hunting mite. This mite hunts down and kills pest mites such as dust mites and flour mites. It is often found on bedroom floors, and even in bird's nests. It can cause allergies in some people.



Edited By: LoozR on Jul 18, 2011 01:02
bigflump[Moderator]#9
Maybe there Flour mites, sounds horrible, good luck getting them sorted :|
Cartoonhead#10
Civic EG6
Check out one of my previous threads. I agree they are the size of dust specks but move.


You got direct thread link mate? can't find it in the search
Cartoonhead#11
LoozR
http://www.bumblebee.org/invertebrates/images/Cheyletus.jpg


Yes they are very like that, I've not got anything that can magnify them but I'd say thats pretty close
Cartoonhead#12
just to add that we have no pets
chalkysoil#13
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Civic EG6
Check out one of my previous threads. I agree they are the size of dust specks but move.



You got direct thread link mate? can't find it in the search

http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/freezing-electronic-equipment/943808


Edited By: chalkysoil on Jul 18, 2011 01:12
Cartoonhead#14
chalkysoil
Cartoonhead
Civic EG6
Check out one of my previous threads. I agree they are the size of dust specks but move.



You got direct thread link mate? can't find it in the search

http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/freezing-electronic-equipment/943808


Did you have any sucess in getting rid of them?
chalkysoil#15
I had flour mites on the kitchen floor, I brushed ant killer powder under the skirting boards and in to obscure cracks as well as cleaning up. So far so good. (15 months)
Flea spray kills anything it gets near too.
LoozR#16
Civic EG6
Check out one of my previous threads. I agree they are the size of dust specks but move.
LOL! That thread was no help whatsoever!
Cartoonhead#17
chalkysoil
I had flour mites on the kitchen floor, I brushed ant killer powder under the skirting boards and in to obscure cracks as well as cleaning up. So far so good. (15 months)
Flea spray kills anything it gets near too.


sounds like you got rid of them then, not too sure these I have are flour mites tho, you tend to get them nearby to foodstuffs, I haven't got any food in the bedroom or living room.
LoozR#18
Cartoonhead#19
I might give this a try

Here
Cartoonhead#20


Bingo mate, that sounds exactly like the ones I have, the last comment about laying a LED torch down sideways is the best way to see them, theres also a bit about not being able to see them on fabric as they are best seen on flat surfaces.

Just need to find the right stuff that will kill them now that I can either spray or sprinkle on the carpet as I think this is where they are hiding the most as I cannot see them in the carpet pile and no matter how much i hoover they still keep finding their way onto things, removing the carpets is not an option as they are fairly new, there was nothing on the floorboards (upstairs) and concrete floor (downstairs) before the carpet was laid a few years ago.

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