What do dust mites look like? Dust mites look similar to ticks, but are actually kin to spiders. Most dust mites are not visible with the naked eye and can only be seen through a microscope or magnifying glass. They all have somewhat translucent bodies with different variations in color such as dark green, brown, and tan. Under a magnifying glass, dust mites look like small ticks.
The best way to explain what dust mites look like is to actually show you. Here are 2 images of dust mites under a microscope:
8 Tips to Preventing Dust Mites at Home
- Use a dust mites mattress cover… (See our Suggestion)
- Use a dust mites pillow cover… (See our suggestion)
- Wash your bedding frequently
- Deep clean your carpet twice a year
- Dust frequently
- Vacuum frequently
- Use dust mite killer spray… (See our suggestion)
- Use an air purifier for dust
One of the best way to prevent dust mites is to use an air purifier with a True HEPA filter. An air purifier with a HEPA filter will be able to eliminate 99.97% of all dust mites that flow through the purifier. HEPA filters are able to capture particles that are at least .3 microns. Because dust mites are almost 300 microns, they will all be captured by the purifier. This will lead to improved dust allergies and cleaner surfaces.
Are Dust Mites Visible to Humans?
Normally, dust mites are not visible to the human eye, but can be seen with a microscope. Most dust mites are around 300 microns in size which is about 1/4 the size of a grain of sand. Some people claim to have seen dust mites with the naked eye, but it is extremely difficult without the proper lighting, background, and eyesight.
How to Know if You Have Dust Mites?
The best way to know if you have dust mites is to search for them. A simple trick is to get a magnifying glass and a piece of tape. Stick the tape to a dusty surface and take the tape into the light. Use the magnifying glass to inspect the tape for any movement or translucent looking bugs. These bugs are dust mites.
Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms
Many people think that they are allergic to dust, but in most cases they are actually allergic to the dust mites that feed on dust. These mites are small enough and light enough to float in the air with the dust particles and become inhaled. After being inhaled, dust mites will cause a number of different allergy symptoms. Dust mite allergies can cause itchy skin, allergic skin reactions, asthma, itchy nose or throat, itchy eyes, or sneezing.
Frank is the chief editor and director at Specialty Air, where he oversees testing, research, and editing for all air quality-related articles. Frank is an expert in the air quality space with extensive experience testing, researching, and reviewing air purifiers, air conditioners, air filters, air fresheners, fans, and more. He also has over 4 years of experience with issues surrounding mold remediation, radon mitigation, moisture management, air duct systems, HVAC, and insulation.