Mold mites.. what are they, and how to get rid of them
Mold, as undesirable as it is, oftentimes attracts even more undesirables, with one example being mold mites. We will reveal what these pests are, how you got them, and some actionable tips on getting rid of them.
- What are they?
- What do they look like?
- Do they pose a threat to humans?
- Other insects attracted to mold
What are mold mites, and how did I get them in the first place?
Mold mites, as the name suggests, are mites that feed on mold. If they are present in your home, then you most definitely have a mold problem that needs to be dealt with.
For the most part, they are found near the mold source, but it’s not uncommon for them to also feed on stored food that is rich in protein and fat.
What do mold mites look like?
They mostly have a tan color, or sometimes even see-through, with their bodies covered in hair.
They are also hard to see with the naked eye because they are so small, although they are easier to spot when grouped in a large colony.
Do they pose a threat to humans?
On the bright side, they do not bite or feed on human blood. However, they can trigger allergic reactions in people.
Their bodies are covered in millions of tiny hairs that pollute indoor air when they fall off and become airborne. When these hairs are breathed in, they create the same type of allergic reactions as mold spores, such as shortness of breath, sneezing, coughing, and a sore throat.
These hairs are usually not a problem if the mites are present in small numbers, but they multiply incredibly fast considering that their population can double every 2-4 days with a reliable food source and in temperatures exceeding 68°F (20°C) with over 65% relative humidity levels.
How to get rid of mold mites
Trying to kill mold mites directly is not necessary because in most cases, all you have to do is eradicate their main food supply – mold.
On our how to remove mold page, you will find all the necessary information on removal methods and cleaning solutions.
Also, it’s not uncommon for allergy symptoms to persist, even after the mites are gone. The reason being that their hair particles and even mold spores are still in your home and are being breathed in. If this is the situation you find yourself in, then you may want to vacuum your home with a HEPA vacuum cleaner and/or run a HEPA filtered air purifier.
Other bugs and insects that are attracted to mold
As mentioned, mites are not the only insects that are attracted to mold. Here are a few others.. booklice, termites, foreign grain beetles and cockroaches.