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Dust Mite

Dermatophagoides farinae
  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
The dust mite is not a direct human parasite instead it feeds mainly on organic waste like flakes of dead human skin or of other animals. Itís their faeces and exoskeleton exfoliations that are responsible for triggering allergic reactions.

The dust mites are found all over the world and prefer to live in warm and stable environment of the home.

It is very tiny, 0.4 mm, and is therefore not easy to notice with naked eyes. They come in varied forms with some appearing in greyish brown color while others in creamy blue. 

Size : 1/75 inches 
Shape : Flat, broad, oval
Color : Off white to tan
Legs : 8
Wings : No
Antenna : No
Common Name : Dust Mite
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Arachnida
Order : Acariformes
Family : Pyroglyphidae
Species : Dermatophagoides farinae


Dust mites feed on organic waste that mainly falls from human skin.
Dust mites live inside houses where it is warm and comfortable. They are found on carpets, couches, beds, curtain and rugs.
Use antihistamine drugs in case you get allergy from these mites.

Use mite resistant mattresses.

Regularly clean and wash places that are mite infested. 

Clean affected bedding and any other dust mite infested item using hot water above 60 0C. 

Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter that ensures they do not spread back into the air.
Dust mites do not bite or feed parasitically on people. Instead their faeces and exoskeleton are allergens that cause serious allergic reactions.
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