Dust Mites vs. Bed Bugs

Dust mites and bed bugs both live in your mattress. They cause itchiness and disrupt your sleep. However, they are two completely different pests that require different removal methods. In this blog, we’ll discuss how you can identify what exactly is living in your bed. 

Do dust mites bite?

This is a common misunderstanding when it comes to dust mites. The answer is no, they don’t bite you. Dust mites are more interested in dust and dead skin that exists on your bed. They’re also microscopically tiny, which makes them invisible to the naked eye. This also means that they don’t have the power and energy to bite you.

What are the symptoms of dust mite allergy?

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy nose, mouth, or throat
  • Itchy skin
  • Postnasal drip 
  • Cough

Where are dust mites found?

Generally, dust mites exist everywhere. They thrive in a humid location like your mattress as you sweat and breathe under the covers. They also live on curtains, fabric sofa, and pillows.

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If dust mites don't bite, what does?

Have you heard of the saying “don’t let the bed bugs bite”? Bed bugs are the size of an apple seed. They bite on humans and animals’ exposed skin to feed on their blood. If bite marks and welts litter your skin, it’s most likely that your mattress has a bed bug infestation.

What are the symptoms of bed bugs bite?

  • a burning painful sensation
  • small red bumps (welts or hives) in a zigzag pattern or a line
  • skin inflammation
  • itchiness 

Where are bed bugs found?

Bed bugs are infamous in hotels, dorm rooms, and homeless shelters. Due to the high turnover of random people coming into a hotel room, it is highly likely hotel guests are transferring bed bugs to other places without even knowing. Bed bugs can travel through clothing, bedding, and furniture. Other than on the mattress, bed bugs also live in upholstered furniture, under carpets, and behind wallpapers. To thrive, bed bugs require warmth and plenty of hiding places.

How do I get rid of dust mites and bed bugs?

Our mattress cleaning service removes dust, dirt, and allergens. It is important to vacuum at least once a week, more if you have pets. Frequent vacuuming will remove the dust and dead skin cells, thus taking away the dust mites’ feeding source. For deep cleaning, we recommend hiring a professional team once every 3-6 months. 

If bed bugs are infesting your mattress, you need to hire an exterminator as soon as possible. 

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