Meet the Dust Mites, Tiny Roommates That Feast On Your Skin | Deep Look

  • تم نشره في 2016/04/ 5
  • You may think that you've got the house to yourself, but chances are you have about 100 different types of animals living with you. Many of them are harmless, but a few can be dangerous in ways you wouldn't expect. New research explores exactly whom you share your home with and how they got there.
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    ---+ About Dust Mites
    With the warming weather it’s the season for spring cleaning. But before you reach for the broom and mop, take a moment to look at who else is sharing your home with you. The number of uninvited guests you find in your dustpan may surprise you.
    A recent study published in the journal PeerJ took up the challenge of cataloging the large numbers of tiny animals that live in human dwellings. The researchers found that the average home contains roughly 100 different species of arthropods, including familiar types like flies, spiders and ants, but also some kinds that are less well known like gall wasps and book lice. And no matter how much human residents may clean, there will always be a considerable number of mini-roommates.
    “Even as entomologists we were really surprised. We live in our houses all the time, so we thought we’d be more familiar with the kind of things we’d come across. There was a surprising level of biodiversity,” said Michelle Trautwein, assistant curator of entomology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
    ---+ What are dust mites?
    Dust mites are tiny animals, related to spiders, that are usually too small to be seen with the naked eye. They feed on dead skin that humans shed every day and their droppings may cause allergic reactions and may aggravate asthma, especially in children.
    ---+ How do you minimize dust mites?
    It’s practically impossible to completely rid a home of dust mites, but frequent cleaning and removing carpeting can help. Wet cleaning like mopping helps keep from stirring up dust while cleaning. The most effective way to keep dust mite populations down is to keep the indoor humidity level low. Dust mites can only survive in humid environments.
    ---+ How do you see dust mites?
    Dust mites are about .2mm long. You can see dust mites with a powerful magnifying glass, but you can get a better view by using a microscope.
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  • ItsLapisClod
    ItsLapisClod أيام قبل


  • Car Kat
    Car Kat أيام قبل

    For those freaking out about these things: they're harmless to those who aren't allergic to them. In fact, without them, there would be dead skin laying all over the place! So really, they're doing us a favor.

  • JAS on the Beat
    JAS on the Beat 2 أيام قبل

    So may i kill it?,

  • SlugsAreGood
    SlugsAreGood 2 أيام قبل


  • PvtMadnage - Bro. Matthew
    PvtMadnage - Bro. Matthew 3 أيام قبل

    "Oh no dustmites! Now i'm scared!"
    - Go live in a plastic bubble man. Seriously.

  • Mrpersonman0
    Mrpersonman0 3 أيام قبل

    _"It’s practically impossible to completely rid a home of dust mites"_
    I think that's the view of a small mind, you just aren't as determined as I just became. Now where's my facemask? I have some HEPA filters to install and gas to buy.

  • thằng nào thấy đươc cái của tao thì tao cho 1 lay

    1:47 oh so the little that alway wondering on the edge of the wall in my room are called booklouse thanks deep look

  • PokeCollector
    PokeCollector 3 أيام قبل +1

    Who else tried not to breathe after she said every time you breathe you breathe in their poop.

  • Aida Sharon Samrajakumar
    Aida Sharon Samrajakumar 4 أيام قبل

    There’s tiny poop in my lungs...

    UZI'S BISKIT 5 أيام قبل

    Yuck. 🤢

  • ink unis plays
    ink unis plays 5 أيام قبل +1

    Person:Im so alone
    Dustmite: *IM I A JOKE TO YOU*

  • Mr. McCluckster
    Mr. McCluckster 5 أيام قبل

    Great watching this before bed thanks lot

  • Hyper Halo
    Hyper Halo 6 أيام قبل

    I held my breath when they said "you breath in the poop"
    Did u?

    • PvtMadnage - Bro. Matthew
      PvtMadnage - Bro. Matthew 3 أيام قبل

      No, in fact i stuffed my face into the pillow and took an extra, large, deep breath.

  • iProHaZ
    iProHaZ 6 أيام قبل

    Maybe ill just live under water

  • kuaikukia
    kuaikukia 7 أيام قبل

    Friend : i have pet. What you have?
    Me : i have a pet call dust mite 😁

  • Bianca Angel
    Bianca Angel 8 أيام قبل +1

    I have tiny flakes all over my bed it’s looks like salt but clear it’s hard and it’s everywhere and it’s itchy

    • PvtMadnage - Bro. Matthew
      PvtMadnage - Bro. Matthew 3 أيام قبل

      Dead skin. Mites are attracted to it.
      No worries, you're not falling apart (physically at least)
      Your body regenerates skin and gets rid of dead skin.
      Same thing with blood. Constantly regenerating.

  • Art Tuber-pk
    Art Tuber-pk 10 أيام قبل

    how can we kill them

  • Remnant Soldier
    Remnant Soldier 11 أيام قبل

    I think I better change my bed sheets....

  • Roady
    Roady 11 أيام قبل

    You have ruined my Relaxhood

  • WOR
    WOR 11 أيام قبل

    They don’t like crawling directly on us because of our body temperature and their size. The ones who happen to land on us wouldn’t last very long

  • فاطمه كريم
    فاطمه كريم 12 أيام قبل

    اكو عرب بالطياره شوكولا انجليزيين

  • Pirate Eilish
    Pirate Eilish 12 أيام قبل +1

    im breathing in these tiny mites? lucky them

  • 19 doras
    19 doras 14 أيام قبل +1

    just gonna set fire to my house now

  • My Simple Life
    My Simple Life 14 أيام قبل

    I feel very itchiness on my skin😵😵😵😵

  • Kaela Goding
    Kaela Goding 15 أيام قبل

    Are they paying rent..?

  • Lumminux
    Lumminux 15 أيام قبل

    Comment on what advertisement you encountered

  • Elliott Pascoe
    Elliott Pascoe 15 أيام قبل

    Cute li’l guys

  • Brianna Gymnastics
    Brianna Gymnastics 16 أيام قبل +1

    I’m allergic to dust mite and onions 🥺🥴I always itch my eyes and stuff and sneeze and my mom is always say no yourrrr not allergic to it don’t say that.... but the doctor said soo🥴🥴

  • Rusty Carlos Valdez
    Rusty Carlos Valdez 16 أيام قبل

    At least it's harmless but that dust mite are disgusting

  • unrevealed genius !
    unrevealed genius ! 16 أيام قبل

    Going for bath.

  • MissLilia V
    MissLilia V 16 أيام قبل

    Im allergic to them, YUCK

  • hathy80
    hathy80 18 أيام قبل

    I hate natural and now i even hate my home now

  • Jewell Larimer
    Jewell Larimer 19 أيام قبل

    I need to know more about carpet mites they are in my dog's nose ears pads there in my belly button living there in my intestines I am a human we all have them in my ears in my nose in my mouth and mighty how do we stop this

  • VTX Hobbies
    VTX Hobbies 20 أيام قبل

    shut up

  • Desiree Hall
    Desiree Hall 20 أيام قبل

    Wow!! Going to spray my Lysol now!!

  • I Love you
    I Love you 21 أيام قبل

    But look on the bright side of you have a bug killer spray just spray them out

  • Hiiamyu
    Hiiamyu 21 أيام قبل

    Why i feel itchy

    SHABANA A.S. 22 أيام قبل

    Yesterday I saw face mites video and tonight am seeing dust mites🙄how do these mites get into my ARclip recommendations 😑

  • Bo Bleach
    Bo Bleach 22 أيام قبل

    *scratches leg* “here ya go mate”

  • Alan Ventura
    Alan Ventura 22 أيام قبل

    *Stops breathing*

  • Gabriel Groszyk
    Gabriel Groszyk 22 أيام قبل +1


    DONNIE BOY 22 أيام قبل

    As an Uber driver with 6k rides I wonder how many Lil friends I got roaming in my car

  • TheLil Mitch
    TheLil Mitch 23 أيام قبل

    Okay thanks for telking me

    Am not alone :) "now"

  • Moises Sanchez
    Moises Sanchez 23 أيام قبل


  • Soviet Onion
    Soviet Onion 24 أيام قبل +1

    They better start paying rent...

    KMYSLOL 24 أيام قبل +1

    Anybody else feeling itchy?

  • Backwood Brando
    Backwood Brando 26 أيام قبل

    im turnin this off i feel dirty

    FRISHR 27 أيام قبل +1

    Now this mites tick you off

  • Tashfia Animates
    Tashfia Animates 27 أيام قبل


  • Jewels Ohbearing
    Jewels Ohbearing 28 أيام قبل

    This is very real....

  • Jewels Ohbearing
    Jewels Ohbearing 28 أيام قبل

    They look interesting until it's on your linen.

  • ItsYallGirl
    ItsYallGirl 28 أيام قبل

    What happens if you eat those

  • Mista Guido
    Mista Guido 28 أيام قبل

    Lices have lots of friends

  • Jonathan Godfrey
    Jonathan Godfrey 29 أيام قبل

    Ahem, Face* = Facemites

    • Deep Look
      Deep Look  29 أيام قبل

      We are doing a story on face mites soon but DON’T TELL ANYONE

  • Bill Narin
    Bill Narin 29 أيام قبل +2

    “And humans then breathe in the poop”

    Me: *stops breathing*

  • KeEgAn BaShAm
    KeEgAn BaShAm 29 أيام قبل

    I always wake up sick 😷

  • gameing doge
    gameing doge 29 أيام قبل

    Mom I need sanitizer bug spay and lots of very good screen

  • The Artfulldodger
    The Artfulldodger أشهر قبل

    GOOD ADVICE : Sprinkle mattress well with Arm&Hammer baking soda ! Then buy a mattress plastic bag Spray w/a little Hydrogen Peroxide zipp it up - and they die ! 😁 alone at last ! 🍺

  • Man Monocle
    Man Monocle أشهر قبل +1

    Thanks to dust mites, my bed isn’t full of dead skin and I don’t have to go to bed lonely! Thanks, dust mites!

  • Reaper’s Babe
    Reaper’s Babe أشهر قبل

    This makes me paranoid

  • Gamer Girl
    Gamer Girl أشهر قبل


  • 흫_흫ŁĘGĒŃĐ
    흫_흫ŁĘGĒŃĐ أشهر قبل

    No god pls no no no naaaaaaaawwwwww

  • Hamm3r264416 Films
    Hamm3r264416 Films أشهر قبل

    What bills they payin

  • Radhika Rathore
    Radhika Rathore أشهر قبل

    So gross. Omg. I feel so unhygienic right now.

  • Matej Bukovec
    Matej Bukovec أشهر قبل +1

    I was testing a microscope app on my smartphone, believing that it can't show mies, since it's nothing more than fully loaded digital zoom on a camera. But it turned out that the dual lens, and lots of pixels of modern smartphone can enlarge enough. I was going trough my skin, when suddenly I saw 2 mites one on another filling the entire screen. It wasn't only enough to see them, but they filled the entire screen, I saw every deta. I washed my hands for half an hour later, and never turned on this app again.

    LIM MU QUAN HCI أشهر قبل +1

    they are actually quite cute

    • Man Monocle
      Man Monocle أشهر قبل

      LIM MU QUAN HCI And they keep you company at night!

  • He Zhenni
    He Zhenni أشهر قبل

    I read the comments before watching and decided to not watch

  • Depressed
    Depressed أشهر قبل

    I’m watching this in bed while I’m breathing hard cause I have asthma....

  • ZoneOfficial
    ZoneOfficial أشهر قبل

    Im in bed watching this

  • khan elias
    khan elias أشهر قبل +1

    My skin start itching while watching this video feeling creepy 🤪

  • alice owo
    alice owo أشهر قبل

    i scratched off layers of skin in some areas thanks

  • POV NW
    POV NW أشهر قبل

    Everything is food for something. It's a circle. It's not like a triangle. Triangles have 3 sides, but a circle is round ⭕

  • Muhamed Harith Mohd Hanafi
    Muhamed Harith Mohd Hanafi أشهر قبل

    Does uv bed vacuum works for these infestations?

    • Man Monocle
      Man Monocle أشهر قبل

      Muhamed Harith Mohd Hanafi it’s not an “infestation” and you can’t really get rid of them. Nor would you want to- they perform a very helpful service by removing your dead skin from upholstery.

  • Kass
    Kass أشهر قبل

    Every step I destroy an entire ecosystem.. Wow! I'm actually jumping all around

  • Mewowofo
    Mewowofo أشهر قبل

    I feel really itchy now

  • allanah bc
    allanah bc أشهر قبل

    some things are better left unsaid

  • Raymond Campos
    Raymond Campos أشهر قبل +1

    The video was good, but I would have preferred if you elaborated more on the subject

  • papa delish
    papa delish أشهر قبل

    Put lemon vinegar and some infuse lemongrass water in a spray bottle and spray the whole house

  • Ranbow- Chan
    Ranbow- Chan أشهر قبل

    When isaw something moving on my glasses,
    I took off my glasses ...and i saw one of these mites walking on my glasses ..its smallest than the baby ant, very very very small smallest than my hair. I mean one hair ☝🏼,
    Then of course i dropped my glasses and screamed😂😂😂😂
    Then when I grabbed my glasses again.. I didn’t saw it.. so this made me scared..
    My mind: is it on me or somethin’.
    Oh and yeah this happened to me in the school, everyone stared at me😂🤭

  • Cece Whm
    Cece Whm أشهر قبل +2

    Aww, but they're all so cute! A bunch of little friends crawling around a fabric forest ♡

  • lololo
    lololo أشهر قبل

    headcrabs from half life lol

  • Corzappy
    Corzappy أشهر قبل +3

    Thank you my mite friends for eating my leftover skin flakes. Would you like milk and a spoon too?

  • Mr Gamer
    Mr Gamer أشهر قبل

    Watching this makes me want to take a bath or a shiwer

  • Boost Lawds
    Boost Lawds أشهر قبل

    Why, just why do they exist

  • Frick Button
    Frick Button أشهر قبل

    Can like ARclip not recommend me this

  • LaJon Griffin
    LaJon Griffin أشهر قبل

    Ig there’s no such thing as clean

  • Steisi Polanco
    Steisi Polanco أشهر قبل

    I am now scared of my home

  • Baus From Space
    Baus From Space أشهر قبل +3

    **Feels a strand of hair move on wrist**
    **Starts inspecting rigorously**

  • Louis XVI
    Louis XVI أشهر قبل

    So that's how we become skeletons?

  • Reinis01
    Reinis01 أشهر قبل

    That explains why a lot of times after waking up,i need to use my inhaler

  • Joshua kim
    Joshua kim أشهر قبل

    I'm in bed and uh I feel like I'm being attacked

  • PK Master
    PK Master أشهر قبل +4

    *A peaceful night’s sleep has left the chat*

  • wxyz teng
    wxyz teng أشهر قبل +1

    When they said dust mites feed on dead skin I was like meh then why not leave them there and let them clean but then they said that we breathe in their poop and I was like ok btr not to leave them there

  • kamenliter
    kamenliter أشهر قبل +1

    Not to mention all the ones living on our faces and in our eyelashes. Fun stuff!

    • kamenliter
      kamenliter أشهر قبل

      Shhhh keep it secreeett. @Deep Look

    • Deep Look
      Deep Look  أشهر قبل +2

      We are making an episode on face mites right now DON’T TELL ANYONE

  • Bev Carr
    Bev Carr أشهر قبل


  • Jezus 7
    Jezus 7 أشهر قبل +1

    This explains the sudden itching, hahahaha

  • Al Sayid
    Al Sayid أشهر قبل

    The dust mite sized world fascinates me. All kinds of different mites. And pseudo-scorpions! How could anyone not love pseudo-scorpions? It's like the insect's insect world (or arachnids, but you get the idea).

  • Drizzle Nacho
    Drizzle Nacho أشهر قبل

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  • aidan bae
    aidan bae أشهر قبل +1


  • The Asshole
    The Asshole أشهر قبل

    That explains my itching I guess. I be itching for 5 minutes on one side when I am asleep.