What Are These Teeny, Tiny White Bugs All Over My House?
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!
The landlord was brilliant and came out the same day I called him to take the bed away and we've had multiple sessions of hoovering and wiping down surfaces and constantly going in my room to check (real close to every surface with a light) if 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 one item I leaned against the bed. Ugh, to think I have been sleeping in that bed all these months! Yuk!
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.
Landlord just brought me a "new" bed. It's used too, but in way better condition than the other one and it doesn't smell bad at all.
Both room and the bed will be hoovered and inspected a few more times before we put the new bed in my room. I'll sleep in the living room for a few more nights I think.
We are using the hoover and wiping down surfaces with alcohol. Since they were mainly in the bed, I'm not sure how we would have got rid of them without getting rid of the whole bed!
Dust Mites or Mould Mites
I used Google to identify them, they are quite common in areas where dead skin and humidity accumulate. This can include not only beds, but even keyboards, game controllers and other electronics where skin cells and condensation can get trapped under the buttons. Have you ever had these tiny white bugs in your home?
They're almost invisible, you really have to pay attention and use good light at a perpendicular angle, so the specks of dust cast a little shadow to make them more visible. Dark surfaces make them easier to spot.
I leaned a black lap desk against the side of the bed and soon it was covered in these tiny moving specks of dust. 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.
You can Google dust mites and mould mites for more information and photos to compare.
Find out how we got rid of them over here!