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Tiny mites
Tiny mites  
The last month we've had a mite problem or at least we think they are mites. There are hundreds maybe thousands of these things (image attached) I know its not a great picture but they are tiny!! We havent found them in every room of the house. They seem to be in selected rooms. I am destroyed with bite. They aren't bed bugs though too small to be.They have an oval shaped body with two tiny antennas and an unknown number of legs. Either 4 or 6. No one in Ireland seems to know what they are but they are ruining my sleep and my skin. Please help. I have a video clip of them on our light switch but it wont let me attach it

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Carrie,

I can't see enough detail to id. Your best option is to collect a few into alcohol using a damp cotton swab and submit the sample to either a nearby university or medical office. They will have the necessary microscope to examine the sample.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions about the control of pest insects, spiders, mites and related arthropods. These household pests include termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, nuisance ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, wasps, and many others. I can also answer questions about using pesticides and other pest control tools such as baits and traps.

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I am a retired university extension entomologist. I've taught and conducted research in urban and agricultural entomology. I've published over 70 extension publications, 20 research publications and several books about insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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