What is the Difference Between a Dust Mite and a Bed Bug?
There have been several stories in the news recently about the return of bed bugs, which is rapidly becoming a growing problem throughout North America as well as worldwide. Please note that Mites Out! representatives are equipped to handle bed bug problems as well as dust mites. The Hygienitech® system and our specially developed procedure will kill and remove bed bugs and destroy their eggs.
Dust mites and bed bugs are very different organisms and affect humans in very different ways. Dust mites are present in every room of every home, multi-bed facility such as hotels, dormitories, nursing homes and just about any building; beg bugs are not.
Dust mites are microscopic bugs that primarily live on dead skin cells shed regularly from humans and their pets. They don’t carry disease, but they can cause some rather uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous allergic reactions in a growing numbers of people who are allergic to their feces. Dust mites create even more of a problem for asthmatics and others with severe allergies. A single dust mite produces about 20 waste droppings (feces) each day, each containing a protein to which many people are allergic. Depending on the person and exposure, reactions can range from itchy red eyes, headaches, nasal and sinus problems, scratchy or sore throat, fatigue, depression, to triggering more frequent asthma attacks. And, unlike other types of mites, house dust mites are not parasites since they only eat dead skin.
Bed bugs, on the other hand, are small, wingless insects that are part of the arachnid family that feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. Bed bugs and their relatives have evolved as nest parasites. Certain kinds inhabit bird nests and bat roosts and await the return of their hosts; others have adapted well to living in the “nests” (homes) of people.
Hatchling bed bugs are about the size of a poppy seed, with adults about a quarter-inch in length. Bed bugs seek out people and animals, generally at night while these hosts are asleep, and painlessly sip a few drops of blood. While feeding, they inject a tiny amount of their saliva into the skin. Repeated exposure to bed bug bites during a period of several weeks or more causes people to become sensitized to the saliva of these bugs; additional bites may then result in mild to intense allergic responses. The skin lesion produced by the bite of a bed bug resembles those caused by many other kinds of blood feeding insects, such as mosquitoes and fleas.
The versatility of the Mites Out Marin system allows you to treat both dust mite and bed bug issues.
You can find out who you’re sleeping with by arranging for a Free, in-home Allergen and Dust Mite Test.