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Dust Mites

Contrary to popular belief, mites are arthropods - not insects - and happen to be close cousins with ticks and spiders. Most mites are microscopic and the majority are not parasitic, meaning they don't feed on humans or animals (except ticks). Instead, many mites feed on plants, fungi, or even dead skin cells.

Termites and dust mites are the most common mites found in households throughout North America. Dust mites are completely invisible to the human eye and require a microscope to see clearly. They also happen to be one of the leading causes of human allergies and have been linked to asthma, eczema, and allergic rhinitis.

A female mite can lay 40-80 eggs at one time, causing infestations to occur quickly. Dust mites thoroughly enjoy warm places in the home, such as the bedroom. This type of mite is difficult to get rid of without consulting a professional for help.

Although neither of these mites attack humans, both can be taxing on homes throughout America, and it's essential to contact a professional if you feel that you might have an infestation.

Similar Pests: Clover Mites, Chiggers, Bed Bugs