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Aug 26, 2013 9:27 AM

In need of help to identify white mites




Apologies for the poor quality of the picture - the mites are so small and fast they are difficult to photograph.  About 6 months ago I moved into a flat which was damp and mouldy, not long after I noticed these small white/translucent mites on my television in huge numbers and since then I have found them on lots of items I own - clothes, books, television, laptop, furniture etc. (the picture is a boot).  I have tried to control their population with household pesticides but its difficult to eradicate them completely.  Could you help identify and advise further on ways of removing them from my house.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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White Mites

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    Aug 26, 2013 9:58 AM (in response to White Mites)
    Re: In need of help to identify white mites

    it is difficult for anybody here to help much with ID if you can't show good enough close-ups. I appreciate it is extremely challenging!


    However, I suggest you do this...


    1. Confirm thay are mites (of any sort).

    You'll need a good hand lens or microscope, and some experience (mites have eight legs).

    If confirmed, that puts them in the Acaridae. Get a acaricide (also called miticide).

    If not confirmed, identify what they are, and get a suitable '-icide'.


    2. Treat your property with the pest killer, paying attention to any precautions and caveats.

    Keep fingers crossed...


    With both of those, you may need help.

    ...In which case I suggest contacting your local district health officer (you can also try the Citizens Advice Bureau first). They should be able to ID the pests accurately enough to tell you how to deal with them.


    Also, talk with the CAB about your rights (as a renter or buyer).

    If there was a known pest problem (the district health office may have a record), you should have been advised before contract-signing.


    Having said all that, there are such things as mould mites, Tyrophagus putrescentiae or T. longior).

    See if yours look like those.



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    Sep 5, 2013 10:34 AM (in response to White Mites)
    Re: In need of help to identify white mites


    You can't ID these from such a photo. They may be some common House Mites like Glycyphagus domesticus, or some Dust Mites (family Pyroglyphidae), or other small creatures that don't necessarily parasitise humans. The best way to control mites is to lower the relative air humidity. They thrive at 75-90% humidity, so try to bring it down to 45% or lower and see what happens. If you can bring down the temperature at the same time, say 18 C, it's even better.



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