Although these critters may seem like one in the same, they actually are very different.  So, how can you tell the difference between dust mites and bed bugs?

Dust Mites Bed Bugs
What are they? Microscopic Spiders Nocturnal parasitic bugs
Where do they live? Dark, damp environments with a continual food source making your mattresses, pillows and bedding an ideal home Found hiding in the crevices close to the bed and all around the room, including box springs, mattresses, behind headboards and curtains
Can you see them? No. Dust mites are microscopic and not visible to the eye Yes! Adult bed bugs are reddish brown in colour and about the size of an apple seed
Do they bite? No Yes!
Why are they a concern? A concern for susceptible allergy sufferers, their faeces and secretions are a major cause a number of allergic reactions including Asthma, Eczema and Rhinitis Leave bites ranging from small itchy bites to angry red welts!

No reported health concerns, multiply quickly and difficult to eradicate

How do you get rid of them? Use waterproof mattress and pillow protectors

Wash linen in hot water weekly

Vacuum regularly using HEPA filters

Keep pets out of the bedroom

Use a dehumidifier

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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