How to search for spider mites on a human

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How to search for spider mites on a human
Seeing mites requires use of a magnification device (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Spider mites are common pests primarily affecting plants. They are commonly found during summer months, but live during cooler months as well. Damage to plants caused by spider mites usually appears as yellowish specs. Although spider mites are not known for biting humans, many mite bites have similar symptoms that can be identified. The ability to see mites by themselves is limited due to their microscopic size.

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Things you need

  • Magnifying glass

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  1. 1

    Search for symptoms of mite bites or other skin irritation caused by mites. Symptoms of mites affecting humans include red bumps similar to a rash and allergic reactions, such as sneezing, and itching.

  2. 2

    Look at the affected skin through a magnifying glass. Mites are tiny organisms that are spider- and tick-like in appearance. Spider mites can be identified because they have two dark spots on both ends of their bodies.

  3. 3

    Visit your doctor if you still suspect a mite infection. Doctors will typically take a skin-swab of the affected area and examine it through a microscope to make an accurate identification.

Tips and warnings

  • Many mite infestations inside the home can be controlled by regular vacuuming. A dehumidifier can help reduce risk of mites, as they tend to thrive in humid environments.

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