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Mites

Once you get mites in your home, it can be tough to get them out without professional help. That’s a serious issue considering that these insects can bite or even transmit disease. Learn how mites get into your home and what works to get rid of them with advice from the PestFix® Pest Library.

Like ticks, mites are a type of arachnid. These insects have a head and abdomen surrounded by four pairs of short legs. They are typically quite small, usually measuring less than just 1mm long. Some are actually difficult to detect without some type of magnification, though they are easier to spot when moving. A few types of mites have a brighter color (like red-colored clover mites) that makes them easier to see with the naked eye.

One of the most common signs that mites have infested your home is skin irritation. When mites that feed on animals and people get in, they’ll bite and leave behind red, inflamed and itchy skin. While mites are more common in more densely populated buildings, like nursing homes or day care centers, they can also occur in smaller residential homes.

In order to get rid of mites, you need to figure out the host that is bringing the insects in. It could be a pet or family member, or it may be a critter that you are unaware has gotten into your home, such as a chipmunk or mouse. There are also some nonbiting mites that can be found in stored products such as flour. If the host is food- or rodent-related, you’ll want to eliminate the source. Special creams and soaps can be used for humans and pets.

A mite infestation usually cannot be resolved with DIY remedies alone. While these can alleviate the initial impact, you’ll need professional help to fully eliminate mites from your home. Fortunately, PestFix offers fast and affordable solutions for mite infestations. Contact our knowledgeable customer service team to learn more about our pest control services and to get a free cost estimate.