Can You See Dust Mites?

Dust Mite Distribution

House dust mites found in the typical urban or suburban home are American house dust mites (Dermatophagoides farina) and European house dust mites (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus.) Both species are very likely to be found in most homes throughout the country.

Although dust mites are frequent occupants of homes, don’t expect to look in the closet or under the bed to see if you can find some of them. These are extremely small critters.

What Do Dust Mites Like?

Dust mite adult females are about 500 microns (0.05 mm or .002 inches) long and not visible without using a microscope. Dust mite males are even smaller.

If one looked at dust mite adults under a microscope, their yellowish, white and brownish coloration and the presence of setae, their stiff bristle-like hairs, would be visible. Dust mite adults have 8 legs, unlike insect adults that have 6 legs, and their body is globular shaped.

Resources

Mite Home Protection

Bed bugs or rat mites?

Q

How do we tell if we have rat mites?

Mites

Mite illustration

Chigger Mites

Image coming soon

Southern Red Mites

Image coming soon

Clover Mites

Clover mite illustration

Bird Mites

Image coming soon

Spiders Mites

Image coming soon

Dust Mites

Image coming soon

Pest Control

Get Rid of Mites | Mite Treatment and Removal | Orkin

Clover mite image

Red Mite

Connect with Us

Our customer care team is available for you 24 hours a day.

877-819-5061

Find a Branch

Our local Pros are the pest experts in your area.

Get a Personalized Quote

We will help you find the right treatment plan for your home.

THE BEST IN PESTS.™

SERVICES

Pest ControlTermite ControlPrevent and Protect

PEST LIBRARY

Browse All Pests

© 2022 Orkin LLC

Terms of UsePrivacyAccessibility StatementCareers