Tiny white mites in bedroom and living room HELP

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Found 18th Jul 2011
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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[Guide] How to Get Rid of White Mites / Mites

Mites are a common problem. If left untreated, they will multiply and can cause an infestation in your home and health problems for your family. Human mites can sometimes cause no symptoms, but there are some people that are more prone to suffering. Mite bites can produce skin rashes, itching and other unpleasant problems. We’re going to look at how to identify these tiny bugs and what we can do to get rid of them.

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5 Tips for the Elimination of Mites

1. Identify the species
2. Remove infected materials
3. Clean up
4. Use an insecticide
5. Moisture control

Mite Species and How You Can Identify them

Without knowing exactly what type of mite you’re dealing with, chances are you won’t be able to get rid of them. Here’s a quick guide to the most common types:

  • Chiggers. Chigger mites are tiny in size and they vary in colour, but can be orange, yellow, or a bright red. Chiggers are a type of mite that affect both humans and animals. They cause skin itching, that can be quite intense, with a raised or flat red bump on the skin.
  • Dust Mites. A very common mite that can cause allergic reactions in humans such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, having a blocked nose and itching. They are tiny clear bugs that only be seen under a microscope, so a skin prick test is usually necessary to diagnose the allergy. Consult your GP if you think you may be suffering from dust mite allergies.
  • Ear Mites. These mites live in ears of animals and humans. They aren’t usually visible to the naked eye but can be seen through red, sore patches of skins around and in the ears. They can be treated with anti-parasite treatments from healthcare professionals.
  • Scabies. This is a microscopic mite that burrows into the skin causing skin rashes and intense itching. It is very contagious through skin-to-skin contact and through sharing bedding or clothing. The rash can mainly be seen between the toes and fingers, and around the wrist, elbow, armpits, abdomen, genitalia, nipples and the groin. Treatment is usually prescribed insecticides from your GP.
  • Spider Mites/White Mites. These are visible as tiny white bugs, often described as looking like grains of salt or sugar. They can cause infestations in your home or even your car. You will find them on your furniture, carpets, curtains, bed linen and all other house furnishings. White mites are considered harmless by some as they don’t bite, but they DO shed hairs and it is these that can produce allergic reactions in humans.

Life cycle of a spider mite



How to Identify Mite Bites

It’s very important to identify the mites you are dealing with, one way to check is to look for bites and rashes in specific areas of your body (see the guide above). Mites can be difficult to identify, so you may have to make an appointment with a health professional to get a proper diagnosis.

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How to Remove White Mites from your Home

1. Clean and Vacuum
Once mites are in your home it is important to remove any infected materials and clean them all thoroughly. Use a powerful vacuum cleaner to suction all of the infested areas then wipe all surfaces and furniture with a damp cloth. Wash bedding and curtains on the hottest recommended temperature. If the infestation is really bad, removal of carpets may be necessary but initially check that the carpet is correctly sized for the floor and not spreading up the skirting boards at any point. Clean carpets and mop floors with a warm, soapy solution.

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2. Use insecticide
Now everywhere has been thoroughly cleansed, it may be necessary to use an insecticide if you see further evidence of mites in your home. Insecticides containing permethrim such as this are usually recommended for mite infestations. Vacuum again after the spray has had time to work, remembering to go into hard-to-reach places where the mites could still be hiding.

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3. Control Moisture Levels
All mites are attracted to damp and warmth. Check for leaking taps and pipes around any entrances to your home. If necessary, use a dehumidifier or air conditioning unit to draw the moisture out of the air which will hopefully stop attracting another infestation.

Easy Ways to Prevent White Mites

  • Keep food storage areas dry and cool
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Store clothes in closed cupboards
  • Clean carpets regularly and make sure they fit correctly
  • Keep a lookout for mites in your garden and stop them before they reach your home
  • Use protective dust-proof covers on all mattresses
  • Keep damp out of your home using a dehumidifier

White Mite FAQs

Are White Mites Harmful to Humans?
White mites do not bite but they can cause allergic reactions in humans through the small fine hairs that they frequently shed.

Where do White Mites Come From?
White mites are attracted to moisture and therefore if your home has areas where there are problem damp areas (such as leaking water pipes or taps). Also, if you’ve been suffering from a house infestation, check for mites on your garden plants too and remove any plants you find that have been affected.
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Are they booklice?
Woodworm ?
Carpet beetle?
Why not get a professional pest control person in ...
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
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
Check out one of my previous threads. I agree they are the size of dust specks but move.
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" 18th Jul 2011
Maybe there Flour mites, sounds horrible, good luck getting them sorted
Civic EG6

Check out one of my previous threads. I agree they are the size of dust … 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
LoozR



Yes they are very like that, I've not got anything that can magnify them but I'd say thats pretty close
just to add that we have no pets
Cartoonhead

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


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Edited by: "chalkysoil" 18th Jul 2011
chalkysoil

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


Did you have any sucess in getting rid of them?
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.
Civic EG6

Check out one of my previous threads. I agree they are the size of dust … 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!
chalkysoil

I had flour mites on the kitchen floor, I brushed ant killer powder under … 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.

I might give this a try

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LoozR

check this out



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.
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.
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!
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.
got any newly introduced plants?
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.

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
plumberman01

Ant … 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
I managed to get them off my equipment, they were in my student house. I used isopropanol to wipe everything down.
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
good luck getting rid of them....sounds like a real headache
Only other thing to suggest is to empty the vacumn after you have used it and place contents in outside bins.
How did you get on? i hope it works..
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
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" 2nd Jul 2012
i got the same,my little girl found them on her ds tonight. not into burning house down,

could anyone give me some more pointers again before I nip down to the … 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!
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.
deek72

Bad times OP, you have my sympathies but I'd have to move out until it … 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?
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.
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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