Insects: Pest Guide
House Dust Mites
House Dust Mites inhabit humid environments and areas where there is a high level of moisture. As they feed on dead skin shed by humans, they are called ‘House Dust Mites’.
The House Dust Mite feeds on dead skin shed by animals and humans alike. Additionally, they tend to eat protein-based foods and dried products. Females lay up to eighty eggs, and the eggs go through various stages of development.
In your home, House Dust Mites can be found in beddings, mattresses, furniture, carpets, and curtains. Their main source of food is the dead skin cells of humans that are exposed to dust.
Dust mite skin and droppings can cause allergies in some people. This may have adverse effects on the health and hygiene of the people. Occasionally, it also causes respiratory constriction, which causes itchy, watery eyes.
- Bed linens should be changed regularly to minimize the growth of House Dust Mites.
- Using a HEPA filter vacuum, the vacuum areas are constantly filled.
- Humidity should be kept as low as possible
- Asthmatics should avoid playing with animals and children on carpets
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Springtails (Snow fleas)
If they are found during the winter season, some species of Springtails are called ‘Snow Fleas’. Their anti-freeze protein also enables them to survive harsh weather conditions all year long. Springtails do not have wings and move around by jumping, a technique made possible by a catapult system.
In areas with sufficient vegetation, around air conditioning condensate lines, Springtails are very common. They tend to grow faster in soil, algae, decaying plant matter, and bacteria and are predators of small soil animals and few tender plants.
The Springtails are commonly found in areas near damp soil, leaf mould, decaying fungi and logs.
The Snow Fleas do not cause structural damage and virtually pose no serious threat to the house owner. They tend to feed on fungi and decaying matter.
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