Although these critters may seem like one in the same, they actually are very different.
|Dust Mites||Bed Bugs|
|What are they?||Microscopic Spiders||Nocturnal parasitic bugs|
|Where do they live?||Dark, damp environments with a continual food source making your mattresses, pillows and bedding an ideal home||Found hiding in the crevices close to the bed and all around the room, including box springs, mattresses, behind headboards and curtains|
|Can you see them?||No. Dust mites are microscopic and not visible to the eye||Yes! Adult bed bugs are reddish brown in colour and about the size of an apple seed|
|Do they bite?||No||Yes!|
|Why are they a concern?||A concern for susceptible allergy sufferers, their faeces and secretions are a major cause a number of allergic reactions including Asthma, Eczema and Rhinitis||Leave bites ranging from small itchy bites to angry red welts!
No reported health concerns, multiply quickly and difficult to eradicate
|How do you get rid of them?||Use waterproof mattress and pillow protectors
Wash linen in hot water weekly
Vacuum regularly using HEPA filters
Keep pets out of the bedroom
Use a dehumidifier
|Completely encase mattress and box spring with bed bug entry, escape and bite proof protectors
Keep bedding protected at ALL TIMES. Do not remove encasements