What Are These Teeny, Tiny White Bugs All Over My House?

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This past week we discovered that my bed, which was in the house when we moved in, had some teeny, tiny white bugs! Not bedbugs thankfully, more like tiny dust mites or something similar. Teeny, tiny white specks of dust that crawl around independently.

So annoying because now I cannot stop staring at every speck of dust I notice on any surface: does it move? Is it alive? Quite nerve wrecking!

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Dust Mites or Mould Mites

Those tiny white specks of dust that move around independently are actually little dust or mold mites. They are quite common in areas where dead skin and humidity accumulate. This can include beds, sofas, game controllers and other electronics where skin cells and condensation can get trapped, like under the buttons on your keyboard. Have you ever had these tiny white bugs in your home?

How Best To Spot Them

They're almost invisible, you'd probably not even notice them if you weren't paying specific attention to individual specks of dust. The best way I have found to spot these tiny little mites is to use a good light at a perpendicular angle, so the specks of dust cast a little shadow to make them more visible.

Dark surfaces also make them easier to spot, but you can't really control where they are hanging out, so using a light is the best way to identify them. You will see their tiny shadows moving about slowly. 

Another way to tell if they are mites or dust is to gently blow over the specks, the mites generally start moving when disturbed in this way, while dust will just fly off.

UPDATE: Find out how we got rid of the mites over here!

How I Discovered Our Tiny White Mites

I have Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, so I spend a lot of time in bed and use a lap desk to blog, eat or make art. 

I had leaned a black lap desk against the side of the bed and one day I noticed it was covered in these tiny moving specks of dust.

After cleaning them off, I tried leaning it in the opposite direction, against a chair and there were no mites, that's how I knew they were coming from the bed.

Once we realised the bed was the source, we called the landlord. He was brilliant and came out the same day I called him to take the bed away and brought me a new bed. We will of course inspect, hoover and quarantine the bed and my room before we moved it in.

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What We're Doing About Our Tiny Mites

 We have had multiple sessions of hoovering and wiping down surfaces with alcohol and constantly going in my room, every hour or so, to check real close to every surface with a light, whether we can see any more specks moving.

Since the bed was removed we have found only about 5, before it was about 5 every couple of hours and only on the one item I leaned against the bed. Ugh, to think I have been sleeping in that bed all these months! Yuk!

As the days go by and fewer and fewer mites are found, I'm so glad we seem to be coming to the end of this - apart from the huge amount of bedding and clothing that is quarantined in bags, waiting for the large machines and driers at the laundry. We've taped the bags shut so they can't escape.

Just to be safe, we will have every fabric item sent to the dry cleaners, the high temperatures should eliminate the mites, and we are totally willing to lose some items to heat damage if it means a mite-free home.

Both room and the bed will be hoovered and inspected regularly before we put the new bed in my room. I'll sleep in the living room for a few more nights I think. I have been sleeping on an inflatable mattress on the living room floor throughout this ordeal, a few more nights will put my mind at ease.

I am hoping our tactics will work, I will let you know how we get on.

UPDATE: Find out how we got rid of the mites over here!

Unfortunately I don't have a good enough camera to take a clear photo of these tiny critters, but you can Google dust mites and mould mites for more information and photos.

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