Updated: May 29
Mites are arguably one of the worst household pests you can have. Not only are these guys so tiny they can go undetected until there are thousands, but often they can cause illness in the residents of the homes they infiltrate. While mites are common in many houses, they especially favour ones filled with plants, pets, and older furniture. Here at K.C.S, we take the fight against mites, so we've created a list of common mites you may encounter in your Noosa home.
A dust mite under a light microscope.
1. Scabies Mites
Scabies is a highly contagious illness that is categorised by tiny-burrowing mites called Sarcoptes scabiei under the skin. Most commonly, the condition is spread by young children in kindergartens, primary schools, and playgrounds, but can be easily spread by any skin-to-skin contact with an infected individual, such as handshakes or hugs. Signs of scabies include a blister-like rash, intense itching, and small mites crawling on surfaces the individual touches.
2. Bird mites
While watching birds in your backyard is a great pastime, be careful letting these guys get too close to your home.
Bird mites are extremely common and hard to get rid of, as they can survive off any warm-blooded creature - not just birds. If you have a nest of birds in your backyard, be on the lookout for these mites once the nest is abandoned, as bird mites will make a move towards your home in search of a meal.
3. Dust mites
Dust mites are common mites that love dirt, warm temperatures, and high humidity, so if your plants are inside of your Noosa home, these guys will be sure to show up.
While dust mites are one of the more harmless mites on the list for many, removing them still poses great benefits to your health. These mites can spike reactions in those with asthma or hay fever, so removing these guys can make your home feel clean and help you breathe easier.
Overall, no matter the mite, mites are one of the worst pests you can have inside your Noosa home. They itch, cause illness, and overall bring a state of uneasiness. If you feel your Sunshine Coast home is infested with mites, or you're worried about the possibility of mites infesting your home, don't worry - K.C.S has you covered!