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Do Dust Mites Bite?

Can Dust Mites Bite?

Dust mites have very rudimentary mouthparts that are not designed to bite or sting people. This is because they feed on particles of shed human and pet skin, pollen, fungi and their own feces and cast-off skins.

Therefore, dust mites do not live or feed on people and are not blood feeders like many other species of mites, plus there is never a shortage of preferred foods for dust mites to eat.

Common Dust Mite Problems

Since dust mites don’t bite, why should homeowners be concerned about them? The major problem caused by dust mites is allergens, which cause the body to produce allergic reactions.Dust mite cast skins, feces, and other bodily secretions are just some of the more than 20 dust mite associated allergens generated by these critters. So, while they don’t bite, the pests can cause a very serious medical problem for people who suffer from allergies to dust mites.

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