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Mar 31, 2013 1:53 PM

Another identification please?

We have just started to strip the wallpaper off walls of a house that is in need of renovation and have noticed this morning the ceiling is crawling with lots of little bugs litterally hundreds - we initally thought it was a bedbug infestation but are not really sure?

 

I have taken a photo on my phone, after catching one on sticky tape, not a great picture, I am charging my normal camera at the moment to take a better one if it can't be identified from this one. its next to a eating fork to show size. IMAG0180.jpg

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    Mar 31, 2013 4:55 PM (in response to babsok)
    Re: Another identification please?

    It is a mite. Difficult to be sure from your current photos, but perhaps Tyrophagus putrescentiae (mould mite). But there are quite a few possibilities.

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        Apr 1, 2013 9:19 PM (in response to babsok)
        Re: Another identification please?

        Doesn't get me much further, I'm sorry to say.

         

        There are so many types of mite, inhabiting a wide range of niches and consuming a wide range of foods. because of that, even if you were to give us good close-ups, there would probably be some doubt in any ID we could give.

         

        You will obviously want to know what to do about the critters. For that reason, I suggest you:

        a. Get your local environmental health officer to visit. Hopefully he/she will be able to both identify the species and tell you how to deal with them

        b. Buy some acaricide. See this article for some guidance - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acaricide. Be sure to buy an acaricide intended for an infestation not an infection.

        If (a) might take a while, I suggest you do (b) anyway.

         

        Good luck.

        Mike

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