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Tiny white mites in bedroom and living room HELP

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5y, 1m agoPosted 5 years, 1 month 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
Cartoonhead Avatar
5y, 1m agoPosted 5 years, 1 month ago
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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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#1
Are they booklice?
#2
Woodworm ?
#3
Carpet beetle?
#4
Why not get a professional pest control person in ...
#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
#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
#7
Check out one of my previous threads. I agree they are the size of dust specks but move.
#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
[Moderator]#9
Maybe there Flour mites, sounds horrible, good luck getting them sorted :|
#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
#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
#12
just to add that we have no pets
#13
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


Edited By: chalkysoil on Jul 18, 2011 01:12
#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?
#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.
#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!
#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.
#18
#19
I might give this a try

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#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.
banned#21
Get rentokill spray (blue top white can). It can kill pretty much any insect. Failing that, give your local councils pest control a call and they can arrange for someone to come around and spray the house for you. They have more powerful licensed poison available to them. There will be a charge for this.

Btw, bed bugs are not microscopic. They are bigger then ants.
#22
Ant stop
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-Defence-Stop-Ready-Spray/dp/tech-data/B0017RPHTE/ref=de_a_smtd

contains deltamethrin which is what pest control uses. Kills anything from what i have seen...so well worth a go. £4.99 it was in B&Q too. Its available in other forms. This spray you can spray your carpets, anything almost..its safe once dry to animals and kids. The only thing we found worked for us after paying pest control every year for years for ants and flying ants. We had them in the cavity walls...and this did the trick right away!
#23
Just go to a pet store and buy three or four flea bombs. You'll need to set these off and leave the house for a few hours (taking pets with you). I used these when we had woodlice in the cellar and they worked.
banned#24
got any newly introduced plants?
#25
Cheers for replies guys, got up this morning for a few more downstairs and lots on the bedside cabinets again and in drawers, I think they are finding their way onto the cabinets from the carpet, but as the carpet is grey i cannot see them, so I hoovered AGAIN, and got in all the drawers, wiped down with dettol.

I rang my local council this morning and they said that unless i had 1000s that they didn't warrant as a problem, however i did manage to speak to someone and they said that they sound like household mites (didn't say what type) and went on to say cleaning with a HEPA hoover and wiping down surfaces is the best method, they said i could use a normal insect spray on the carpet and see if that affects their numbers.

I was told not to leave any food, sticky coffee cups, anything with sugar in or any indoor plants near the problem and see how they go.
#26
csiman
got any newly introduced plants?


no mate, no house plants up or downstairs, mainly because of the wife getting some herbs last year and putting them on the kitchen windowsill and them contracting whitefly, i think house plants are just a problem waiting to happen anyway
#27
plumberman01
Ant stop
[url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FHome-Defence-Stop-Ready-Spray%2Fdp%2Ftech-data%2FB0017RPHTE%2Fref%3Dde_a_smtd]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-Defence-Stop-Ready-Spray/dp/tech-data/B0017RPHTE/ref=de_a_smtd[/url]

contains deltamethrin which is what pest control uses. Kills anything from what i have seen...so well worth a go. £4.99 it was in B&Q too. Its available in other forms. This spray you can spray your carpets, anything almost..its safe once dry to animals and kids. The only thing we found worked for us after paying pest control every year for years for ants and flying ants. We had them in the cavity walls...and this did the trick right away!


Thanks bud I'm going to nip to B&Q tonight when i finish work :)
#28
I managed to get them off my equipment, they were in my student house. I used isopropanol to wipe everything down.
#29
Whatever they are, they will not proliferate without an available food source.
Work out what they are then it will be easier to understand what they are surviving and multiplying on.

Saw in a thread the other day that salt can be used to kill fleas as it causes them to dehydrate.
Dont know much about it but it may work for other mite type pests. Good luck in dealing with the problem.Maybe the recent spell of hot weather has allowed something to take hold
#30
good luck getting rid of them....sounds like a real headache
#31
Only other thing to suggest is to empty the vacumn after you have used it and place contents in outside bins.
#32
How did you get on? i hope it works..
#33
Just an update guys, I've managed to get hold of a Dehumidifier and it's reduced the numbers that I've been getting recently, also I've kept the hoovering up, I contacted Rentokil and they advised me not to use anything wet or spray like on the carpet due as it could cause other problems, so they have said to use a powder which I'm awaiting for in the post, simply sprinkle it on, leave it a couple of hours then hoover it up, it kills anything they tell me so fingers crossed, it can also be used inside drawers and other places, also ordered some more powder for dust mites (even tho that's not what they are) however this also kills anything crawling, so this is a backup in case the rentokil fails the job.

Reducing the Humidity has helped though, I'll report back when I've give the powder a go :)
#34
Just to re-activate my thread on this, last year I had a problem with these, I had them in my bedrooms, living room, some on my kitchen table and also in the loft!

I controlled them last year by buying two dehumidifiers, lots of powders and using the hoover like a mad man on every surface and item in every room!, it took me months to get rid of them!, not sure if what i did helped or if they just lived their life cycle.

Needless to say the other day I noticed again these tiny little white dots moving around on the bedside cabinet!, the same type with hairy spikes on their backs, last year a contacted rentokil who said to use their powder and hoover all the areas affected which I did.

Now I'm just baffled to where they have come from again!, I haven't got any damp, pets, plants in my house, everything is kept spotless!

could anyone give me some more pointers again before I nip down to the garage to buy some petrol to burn the house down.



Edited By: Cartoonhead on Jul 02, 2012 21:43
#35
i got the same,my little girl found them on her ds tonight. not into burning house down,
#36
could anyone give me some more pointers again before I nip down to the garage to buy some petrol to burn the house down.

I laughed!
#37
Bad times OP, you have my sympathies but I'd have to move out until it was sorted I'm afraid,

I might just mention that one morning last summer I got up for work at 3am. Staggered downstairs, half asleep and sat on the sofa. "damn, who's left that chocolate mousse container on the carpet?" I picked it up only top find that it wasn't a chocolate mousse tub but a creme caramel tub COMPLETELY covered in ants.

I screamed.

Edited By: deek72 on Jul 02, 2012 23:37
#38
deek72
Bad times OP, you have my sympathies but I'd have to move out until it was sorted I'm afraid,


Are you renting a room at Cartoonhead's place?
#39
Benzyl benzoate, it is used to be the preferred treatment of scabies (by killing the mite which causes it).


It's a pretty safe chemical as far as I'm aware, try a small test first as some people can be hyper sensitive to it and other products in it's applications.

Might be worth a try as it's pretty damn good at killing mites.
#40
I read the OP and started feeling itchy.
I'm now going to leave this thread and offer nothing but sympathy as I don't want to know any more.
Good luck OP.
If it persists, maybe contact the council.

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