Saturday, July 09, 2011

Tiny, White, Bugs In Homes - What Are They?

mold mite (drawing)
Have you ever found tiny white bugs crawling on the kitchen counter or over a sack of pet food, or on your computer keyboard, or in some similar situation? The bugs are too small to see clearly and are often described as "salt" or "sugar" that moves! If you look very close, with a magnifying glass, you'll probably see long "hairs" from tiny round whitish bodies.

There are a couple of things that people describe this way but in my experience mold mites (mould mites), also called grain mites, are the most common.

These tiny mites feed on mold that grows on damp surfaces so are almost always associated with excess moisture and mold growth in one way or another. Their presence in kitchens can indicate a leaky pipe or dishwasher.

The mites don't bite or cause any harm but some people will experience an allergic reaction to large numbers of mites similar to dust mite allergy. In fact mold mites are related to dust mites. This allergic reaction can be as simple as a stuffy noise or an itchy rash or even difficulty breathing.

The only treatment that is needed is to control the sources of moisture. Once the area dries out the mites and mold will go away. After all sources of moisture are eliminated the area can be treated with a botanical insecticide like EcoPCO-ARX to control remaining mites.


See the 'Bugs Website for information about other insect and mite pests.



Emma Connolly said...

Could be mould mites! Tiny white insects that look like moving dust.. they love humid & warm places so air out the house & spray the RED raid on them .. should get rid of them! Hope this helps

GamingSol said...

Or... you could just leave them. If they eat mold and don't bite of harm in any way (unless you're allergic), just leave them. They are just extra protein if they get in your food, and they only provide an anxiety issue if you cannot handle the little things. Same thing with ants, get rid of waste and, if they get in your food, extra protein. It's not like they are roaches or anything, they are not packed full of diseases.

Spencer Grant said...

but really are the dangers? Like on a humanistic level good day be harmful to one's body? I have a set of tea plants that I'm growing indoors that I noticed that have white tiny bugs living in the soil and In, on and around it. as I said this is indoors I'm in apartment its in another room, is this problem?? =/ Help?

vonfreemangone said...

these things also live on my eye lids and they can be pulled off with a pair of tweezers using them side ways. then put it up to a light and gently tap on the tweezeers then you will see littls white things flying away

lisa burns said...

I saw these white bugs on sons ds about 2 weeks ago my friend gave me a bed so far only saw on sons ds they our white and real small just saw them today don't know how long they have been there

Abigail said...

I am inundated with these we have a huge humidity problem at 75-80 % our housing assosiation isnt being any help i have asthma and myvson has chronic lung disease and multiple allergies so need them gone 😠

Cher Lodwidge said...

Why can't I get rod.of these thing even tho I've aired my place for weeks now

Cher Lodwidge said...

Why can't I get rid of these things. Used lots if flea sprats and carpet powders. Aired every room for week's. Dehumidifier running 24-7 and I still see them everywhere

david zuleta said...

My mother in law found these first on a Pair of dirty then she went around the inside and out and discovered a large amount in my fiances room only.. No were else in the house but that one room could somebody please help me out were freaking out dont know what it is