Bed Bugs Vs. Dust Mites

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"Any type of health concerns should always be done by a trained medical professional. Products recommended in this article is for the treatment of indoor surfaces only."

Bed Bugs Vs. Dust Mites

This page is a general identification guide between bed bugs and dust mites. Both of these pests should not directly be contacted nor should furniture be moved until bed bugs are eliminated. To remove bed bugs and dust mites from your home then follow the links within this DIY guide and use the recommended products for complete pest control.

Half of a homeowners life is spent in their bed, but when itching or movement against their skin occurs this causes immediate alarm. There is a strong possibility that one of these two creatures are creating these conditions and that is the bed bug and dust mite. These two pests are different organisms that are both found in the home.

A bed bug is a parasitic insect and a dust mite is a microscopic spider that is too small to be seen with the naked eye. While neither of these pests are ideal within your home, they are attracted to and thrive on different things. Bed bugs are blood-sucking pests that bite people and animals whereas dust mites feed on dead skins left by people, ticks, and spiders. Dust mites do not directly bite homeowners, but their activities can cause skin irritation.

Bed bugs and dust mites both pose a series of health and cleanliness hazards within homes. Without proper identification then homes are at risk for dramatic increase in pest activity and populations leading to an increase in product purchases. Read on to learn more about the risks associated bed bugs and dust mites as well as the methods to control and prevent these pests.


Bed Bug and Dust Mite

Before you can proceed with a treatment approach, you will need to know how what a bed bug and dust mite look like. Misidentification can lead you to using the wrong products or unnecessary treatments, which can be a waste of your time and money. To identify dust mites, you will need a microscope.

For a physical reference, examine the image above. On the left is bed bug and on the right is a dust mite.

  • Bed bugs have oval-shaped but flat bodies, six legs, and two pairs of antennae.
  • The bodies of dust mites is unsegmented with an pear shape, 4 pairs of legs (8 total), no eyes, and one mouthpart that serves as their head.
  • Before ingesting blood, the bed bug are rusty-brown to mahogany colored. After feeding their color changes to reddish-brown.
  • Dust Mites have different ranges in color from tan, reddish-brown, and creamy blue to white.

Use the image and description above to help you properly identify between bed bugs and dust mites. If unsure, then contact us with a photo of the pest through phone, email, or in person. You may bring a sample of the pest in a closed-sealed container at one of our store locations.


Bed Beds On Mattress

As a homeowner, one of the questions you may have is how did I get a bed bug or dust mite in my home? Every home has dust mites, but depending on the humidity levels determines their rate of activity. These pests cannot survive in outdoor environments like bed bugs.

Dust mites do not drink water through their chewing mouthparts. Instead they will absorb the moist air within your home or warm air protruding from your body as you sleep. Besides mattresses dust mites can also be found in carpets, curtains, furniture, stuffed toys, mattresses, pillows, bedding material, and anywhere else that dust (skin) collects. For accurate confirmation, with a gloved hand take a dust sample from your home and examine underneath a microscope for dust mites.

In contrast to dust mites, the bed bug can survive in indoor and outdoor environments though they prefer to inhabit the inside of homes. Bed bugs can be found in bushy or wooded areas, tall grass blades, leaf litter, and other organic debris. They come inside of homes by attaching themselves to your clothing, shoes laces, fibered suitcases and other fabric cases (if staying in hotel, motel, etc.), and the fur of pets. Once inside of homes, bed bugs are known to hide in tight, dark crevices and cracks around the homeowners sleeping and living areas. You can find these pests on furniture, light switches, outlets, picture frames, bed frames, mattresses, bedding, and baseboards.

Signs of Pest Activity

Bed Bug and Dust Mite Bite

One of the most common signs of bed bug and dust mite activity is the reactions or irritations on your skin. In the image above, a bed bug bite is show on the left while on the right is a skin irritation by a dust mite.

Dust mites can cause serious health hazards, especially to people suffering from asthma or allergies such as unusual coughing, watering eyes, sneezing, or runny nose. These effects are the most common of dust mites, but other signs include a red and itchy rash appearing on parts of body that comes into contact with mattress or other furniture surfaces. Consistent itching can cause slightly elevated bumps or open sores. These reactions come from leftover dust mite fecal matter and body fragments.

Skin irritations from bed bugs can be seen as small, red puffy bumps with red marks at the center. Bed bug bites will appear as lines or groupings on your neck, arms, back, or trunk of body.

Differences Between Bed Bugs and Dust Mites

  • Bed bugs can easily be seen without the use of microscopes or other optical equipment. Physical identification at first glance is not possible for dust mites.
  • Bed bugs are insects with 6 legs whereas dust mites are arachnids with 8 legs.
  • Dust mites are scavengers that feed on dead skin of people and other pests. Bed bugs feed directly on the blood of people and sometimes animals.
  • In contrast to bed bugs, dust mites hide in dark areas with exposure to moisture whereas bed bugs mainly infest mattresses and dark, dry crevices such as bed frames or electrical outlets.
  • Signs of dust mite activity could be seen as common health or allergy issues such as asthma, sneezing, runny eyes, red and watery eyes, and sometimes red and irritated skin. Bed bugs leave long-lasting red spots or welts.

Similarities Between Bed Bugs and Dust Mites

  • Bed bugs and dust mites are pests that mainly infest indoor environments like mattresses or furniture.
  • If left untreated, these pests can create a series of health issues and skin irritations.
  • Both will hide in dark areas until your skin makes contact with furniture. Though dust mites do not directly make contact with you and they hide in locations with access to moisture like pillows.

Key Takeaways

Can You Feel Dust Mite and Bed Bug Bites?

  • Dust mites do not bite but cause allergic reactions in some people through their droppings. Bed bugs bites are not immediately noticed, but over time you may experience a burning sensation before large, raised bumps appear on skin.

How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

  • Begin by washing and drying bedding and other fabric materials on high heat as well as vacuuming excess dirt and dust around home. Then make an application of Pyrid Insecticide Aerosol and Novacide Flea and Tick Killer. Once these two product have dried on their labeled treated areas then apply Clean Rest Pro Mattress Encasement.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

  • Leave all infested furniture and personal belongings in their place until bed bug infestation is removed. We recommend using Flex 10-10, Pyrid Insecticide Aerosol, Gentrol IGR Concentrate, D-Fense Dust, and a Handheld Pesticide Duster to apply D-Fense Dust with.
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