How To Get Rid Of Tiny White Mites

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I'm sure you want to know how to get rid of those tiny white mites all over your home. These tiny bugs, which look like specks of dust, seem be infesting homes everywhere. But we have managed to eliminate them after just 2 weeks of effort! So, let's get to it, here's how to get rid of the tiny white mites infesting your home:

Oh! If you don't know the story about our mite infestation, you can read about it in my earlier post, here. This post only deals with how to get rid of them.

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Tiny White Bugs Everywhere!

We discovered that the mites, which originated in an old second-hand bed, had in fact spread to a couple of wardrobes and other bits of furniture around the house. We have been diligent in our efforts to eliminate these mites and haven't found even one moving speck in a few days, so I am hopeful that this nightmare is coming to an end.

UPDATE: The following advice is based on what we did to successfully eliminate the mites and prevent reinfestation for a few years now.

How To Get Rid Of Tiny White Mites

Once the infected items have been identified, your focus should be on removing and quarantining offending items and then cleaning everything thoroughly. Once you have had no sightings for a few days, I'd say it's safe to start putting preventative measures in place to avoid future infestations.

Hoovering Everything

It's important to hoover daily. Sometimes more than once in a day depending on how quickly you see the mites returning after hoovering. Floors, skirtings, wardrobes, shelves, drawers, windowsills, everything. In theory, the mites should be happy in the hoover bag until it's disposed of as there is lots of dead skin in there for them to live on, so they shouldn't have the need to come back out of there in the meantime.

Wiping Down Surfaces

Wipe surfaces with rubbing alcohol to disinfect and remove traces of skin, sweat, etc. Wipe surfaces with Clove oil, it is said to kill and deter mites. Use Neem oil, which is safe to use on skin, as an insect repellent. It's also a powerful natural insecticide which can be used, diluted, on plants and pets too. They might not smell good, but they do the job well. Tip: red spider mites hate Neem oil!

Quarantine Electronics

The red Raid spray gets rid of the tiny mites and works well if your infestation is on electronics.

Put the infected gadgets into a large bin bag, spray into the bag and seal it up. Let them sit for a week or longer, then clean all your gadgets with rubbing alcohol before use.

Note: If you can leave your items in quarantine longer, about 4 weeks, it would allow time for the Raid to lose effectiveness making the gadgets even safer to handle.

Starve The Colony

If you cannot afford to get rid of your bed, using a bug proof mattress cover and pillow covers can help eliminate a colony by trapping them in there until they all die. If you keep the cover on for at least 6 months they finish eating whatever is in there and eventually they all die out.

Then you can remove the cover, hoover the mattress, wash the cover and put it back on again. Now you can remove it regularly for washing and it will continue to protect your mattress from future infestations.

Wash Fabrics At High Temperatures

We had all our fabric items laundered at high temperatures, risking damage and loss, but we felt it was worth it to have a mite-free home. This included clothes, bedding, bags, fabric accessories, curtains, wall hangings, mats, anything they would take. For shoes and belts, etc, you can quarantine them like the electronics if they are infested, else just clean them as best you can.

Hunt And Physically Remove The Mites

Using a light, we used an LED lamp, to shine onto surfaces, you can better spot the moving mites. Don't hold the light above, but bring it down close to the surface of the item you're inspecting and shine it sideways/perpendicularly, so it effectively creates a long shadow on each mite making them easier to spot.

Once you find a moving speck of dust, use a sticky tape to pick it up, it will be trapped there and can be binned. Just keep zapping each solitary mite you find and eventually, with all the right practices and precautions in place, you will find no more mites.

Prevention Of Future Mite Infestations

Regularly cleaning keyboards and game controllers will reduce the food supply under the buttons and keys reducing the chance of an infestation of these tiny mites.

Hoovering mattresses, sofa cushions and carpets regularly will collect any stray mites and reduce chances of colony formation. 

Using a bug-proof mattress cover and pillow covers will stop the mites from ever colonising your bed.

UPDATE 2020: 
Three years later and we have not found any more of these tiny white mites in our house! Our precautions have worked. I hope these tips will help you too.

If you've tried these methods and had success, please let us know in the comments below. And if you have found different solutions, do leave a comment so others can try your suggestions too.

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  • TERRY says:

    Great article, very informative. Just recently had an infestation of small white mites, starting on my window sill. But I believe have started to spread onto other things in my bedroom. Not on my bed as yet I believe. As you said somethings can not be washed on a high temp I did read. You are able to freeze some items for example my baseball cap. That had some on there. I will try your solutions also, I have to say this has made me stress and a huge dampener on my mood.

    • Hi Terry, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with these mites too. They really do cause quite a bit of distress and frustration. I’m 2 years down the road and still eye specks of dust to make sure they’re not moving… I hope you will successfully get rid of them soon. Do keep us updated.

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