28 November 2017

Pest advice for controlling Mites

Barely visible to the naked eye, mites have eight legs and a round body and are seldom noticed until they have built up sufficient numbers to be a major infestation. They are not insects but are arachnids, related to spiders.

Itch MiteThe typical mite emerges from its tiny egg in a dark crevice as a six-legged nymph, growing by a series of moults and acquiring another pair of legs in the process. Some species can survive starvation for up to six months.

Species of Mite

  • House Dust Mite - most houses have these as they live on our mattresses, feeding on tiny particles of shed skin.
  • Furniture Mite - occurs in damp upholstery.
  • Flour Mite - infests damp cereals or pasta and causes “Grocer’s Itch”, in people who handle infested commodities.
  • Itch Mite or Scabies Mite - causes Mange or Scabies in pets by burrowing into the skin, causing an irritating rash.
  • Bird Mites - frequently enter houses from old nests of sparrows, starlings or house martins, or from poultry.
  • Harvest Mites - may bite people if brought in on the coats of dogs or on clothing.
  • Red Spider Mite - the most conspicuous mite that enters houses. A plant feeder which comes indoors in spring to seek egg-laying sites and again in autumn to hibernate.

Flour MiteHow to get rid of Mites

For a suspected Mites infestation, we strongly recommend you act immediately by contacting a professional pest control company, preferably a member of the BPCA.

Self-treatment of a Mite infestation is unlikely to be successful. Failed treatments will occur if the accurate knowledge of Mites is absent. A trained professional will have the technical expertise and access to a range of professional use products and equipment which are not available to the public.

Having problems with Mites?

Use a trained professional pest controller.

Search for your local BPCA member

Source: A-Z