Some assume that there is no difference between dust mites and bed bugs, however the two species are very different and the way they impact humans is also very different. Dust mites are present virtually in every room of your home, no matter how clean it may be! Dust mites are so tiny that humans can’t see them to know if they’re there or not. That’s not the case with bed bugs. Some people assume that bed bugs are invisible to the naked eye, just like dust mites. However bed bugs are much larger – about the size of an apple seed!
What are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are microscopic bugs that primarily live on dead skin cells regularly shed from humans and pets. Dust mites do not carry diseases, but they are capable of causing allergic reactions in people who have asthma and those who are allergic to them. Dust mite droppings contain a substance which causes an allergic reaction in some people. The allergic reactions range from itchy eyes to trouble breathing. Also, unlike the other types of mites, dust mites are not parasites as they feed on dead tissue, rather than attaching to a host.
What are Bed Bugs?
Unlike dust mites, bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, particularly humans. They prefer human blood to other sources, however they settle for other mammals when convenient. Bed bugs generally seek out humans at nighttime while their hosts are asleep. Bed bug bites are not painful when they happen, so many people don’t even notice a bed bug is making them into a meal. Repeated exposure to bed bugs can cause humans to become sensitized to the saliva of bed bugs and additional bed bug bites can result in mild to intense allergic reactions. The lesion caused by a bed bug bite is similar to a mosquito bite.
Do You Need to Kill Bed Bugs and Dust Mites?
Despite their differences, bed bugs and dust mites can both cause allergies in humans. They hide in several places in our homes. Getting rid of dust mites is next to impossible. Most people, unless they have allergies, will not even notice them however it is important to kill bed bugs. Left untreated, bed bug infestations will worsen and eventually cause health concerns. The best way to kill bed bugs is to hire a company that has the proper tools and treatments.
A professional pest control company will kill bed bugs, and ensure your home is a safe and healthy environment for you and your family. Contact Magical Pest now for a free phone consultation or give us a call at (905) 738-6676.