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Dust Mites vs Bed Bugs

It seems like bed bugs and dust mites are crawling all over the news. Although these critters may seem like one in the same, they are very different. So, how does one tell the difference between the two? Check out this comparison guide for more information and tips on protecting your mattress investment.
Dust Mites
Bed Bugs
Microscopic spiders
Nocturnal parasitic bugs
Dead shed skin cells
Blood from warm blooded mammals
Dark, damp environments with a continual food source (i.e. mattresses, pillows, sofas)
Predominantly found hiding in the crevices close to the bed and all around the room. Some areas include: Box springs, mattresses, behind headboards, nightstands, baseboards and curtains
No. Dust mites are microscopic spiders, not visible to the eye
Yes! Adult bed bugs are reddish brown in color and about the size of an apple seed
Major cause of allergic reactions including Asthma, Eczema and Rhinitis
Leave small itchy bites! No reported health concerns, multiply quickly and difficult to eradicate
  • Use impervious cover to keep skin cells out of mattresses and pillows
  • Encase box spring
  • Wash linens in hot water weekly
  • Vacuum bedding
  • 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
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