Tiny white bugs, gone at last!
At last the saga of the tiny white bugs is over! The mites seem to be gone after 2 weeks of intense cleaning and hoovering and constantly examining every nook and cranny of the house to make sure they hadn't spread elsewhere and zapping every single mite we found!
If you don't know the story about my bug infestation, you can read about it in an earlier post, here.
To say I am now paranoid about creepy crawlies is an understatement. They have really messed with my head. I can't stop staring at every speck of dust to make sure it doesn't move!
Tiny White Bugs Everywhere!
Unfortunately, they had spread to a couple of pieces of furniture in my bedroom and, by moving items of clothing or bedding, they had also moved to another wardrobe in a different room. Such a nightmare!
We have had all our fabric items laundered at high temperatures, risking damage and loss of clothes and such, simply to get rid of them once and for all. The house is now full of huge bags of laundered clothes which still haven't been packed back into the wardrobes as we continue to inspect and clean until we are comfortable to put the clothes back in.
I haven't found even one moving speck in a few days, so I am hopeful that this nightmare is coming to an end.
Eliminating The Tiny White Mites
Once the infected bed was removed, we hoovered daily. Floors, skirtings, wardrobes, shelves, everything. We wiped surfaces with rubbing alcohol and I'm still waiting for a delivery of Clove oil which is said to kill and deter mites. I've also ordered Neem oil for my skin, it's commonly used as an insect repellent, just in case.
I have read that the red Raid spray gets rid of them, and works well if your infestation is on electronics - you put the infected gadgets into a large bin bag, spray into the bag and seal it up. Let them sit for a week or so, then clean all your gadgets with rubbing alcohol before use.
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.
I have also read that using a bug proof mattress cover can help eliminate a colony by trapping them in there for at least 5 months. That way they finish eating whatever is in there and eventually they all die out. I bought a mattress cover and pillow covers for extra peace of mind since my new bed was also previously used.
I have moved my new bed back into the room now. I'm so glad to be back in my own room and no longer camping on the living room floor!
A year later and we have not found any more bugs in the house! Our precautions have worked. I hope these tips will help you too.