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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  • indian gamer
    indian gamer 3 ساعات قبل

    im gonna pretend these are all like those fake bed stpries and gonna sleep on my bed

  • Thị Hường Nguyễn
    Thị Hường Nguyễn 23 ساعات قبل

    How can we clean these on laptop screen? I use my laptop everyday and I feel like 😱 omg when I see them. I know it's harmless but I really really hate them.

  • prerna sharma
    prerna sharma 3 أيام قبل

    I suffer from dust mite allergy

  • yajoil
    yajoil 3 أيام قبل +1

    Iron your beddings...Sundry your pillows and mattresses...Change your beddings at least every week

  • M L
    M L 5 أيام قبل

    Just today in the morning saw one, it was like a moving tiny grain of dust.
    Now I'm releaved to know what they are and that they are friends.

  • USlisa50
    USlisa50 5 أيام قبل

    I love PBS

  • Pineapple Cake
    Pineapple Cake 5 أيام قبل

    I don’t wanna live in this world anymore.

  • xXEstellaXx Star
    xXEstellaXx Star 7 أيام قبل

    Im allergic to dustmites..

  • Jeannie Carmona
    Jeannie Carmona 14 أيام قبل

    Did you see that lizard in the background on wall to your left? So clean and everything then a big lizard crosses the wall. Lol so funny

  • Gabrielle Bintin
    Gabrielle Bintin 16 أيام قبل +1

    I’m sitting on the couch where there are many bugs but I don’t want to move because there is carpet under me. And worst of all......... IM BARE FOOT

  • Elise 26
    Elise 26 17 أيام قبل

    Now I feel super itchy

  • jessy james
    jessy james 20 أيام قبل


  • Polo Life
    Polo Life 21 أيام قبل

    This is why I live in a bubble suit..

  • 「 Furry Shiro 」
    「 Furry Shiro 」 22 أيام قبل

    Oh my god...holy..I’m literally shaking rn *OH gOdg

  • Janelle S.
    Janelle S. 23 أيام قبل

    I didn’t need to see this 😩😩😩

  • Liam Watson
    Liam Watson 25 أيام قبل

    I have that model handvac!

  • kurwitz
    kurwitz 26 أيام قبل

    imma commit WW1 Germany and chlorine gas the entire house to kill them all.

  • Kitty Cali
    Kitty Cali 27 أيام قبل


  • Beeshyboy MaLiCe -
    Beeshyboy MaLiCe - 27 أيام قبل

    Foreign contaminant detected

  • Ryder337 Hanks
    Ryder337 Hanks 28 أيام قبل

    Hey !!!! Help I need help I think iam the only person alive that can feel mites crawling on me I have a very very sensetive skin ... the little ones have like a web hair on them. I feel them crawl in my eyes and in my nose worse of all my mouth. The web hair gets in my throat and mats up. It gags me. They get in my hair and make web homes on my head. Please help just me and my dog or the ones plagued. The wife and kids or fine they don't feel anything. I caught samples and sent them to the local exterminator. He says in 29 years he has never seen anything like it. Me and my family though I had formacation but we have ruled that out with magnafiyglass. Help help plea see help some or just little white looking dots that make there way to my face I gusee for the carbon dioxide.

  • BloomingFireHeart
    BloomingFireHeart أشهر قبل

    It’s ok. I’m fine with the mites.

  • Patteera Hongvisitkul
    Patteera Hongvisitkul أشهر قبل

    ”When you breathe dust you breath poop”

  • Shrek G
    Shrek G أشهر قبل +1

    I have this and i still dont care

  • Joe The Noob
    Joe The Noob أشهر قبل

    I feel a bit itchy now after watching this.....

  • R6_Jager YT
    R6_Jager YT أشهر قبل

    They need to go back to bird nests

  • bengris32
    bengris32 أشهر قبل +1

    *sees this video*
    Well I guess its time to burn my house down

  • Brqxton
    Brqxton أشهر قبل

    Well I’m giving them a free buffet cause I have eczema....

  • Sayittomyface Idareyou
    Sayittomyface Idareyou أشهر قبل

    Just tell me how to kill them .

  • Theresa Hollars
    Theresa Hollars أشهر قبل

    Why can't they call them what they really are Spider Mites.

  • Active Aiden
    Active Aiden أشهر قبل

    I dont want to live in the world

  • Cute Shibe
    Cute Shibe أشهر قبل +1

    *me just staring at my leg*

    Me: Dam you u guys AAAAAAAAAA

    *Takes bath*

  • sad oofer
    sad oofer أشهر قبل +1

    Just stop breathing

  • Andeemations
    Andeemations أشهر قبل

    They're kinda cute tbh

  • Ghost Productions
    Ghost Productions أشهر قبل +1

    Time to order a gas mask.

  • Got a life
    Got a life أشهر قبل


  • Bondii B
    Bondii B أشهر قبل +1

    my doc couldnt figure out what was wrong with me but google did. thanks google. i used to only change sheet every 2 to 3 weeks now i change every week. vacuum my room take off dust and no more rash red eyes runny nose. its 90% better

  • BlindMyselfWithALampForNoReason!!!

    Luckily i have deodorant and a lighter

  • n310ea
    n310ea أشهر قبل

    Thank god I change my HVAC air filter every 3 weeks.

  • JustAnotherPerson -_-
    JustAnotherPerson -_- أشهر قبل

    I thought this video was going to say that there are tiny bugs eating my sking off of my body (like right off of my arms)

  • GeekOverdose
    GeekOverdose أشهر قبل

    And I have an allergy to those things

  • StarrCat
    StarrCat أشهر قبل


  • Velocit :C
    Velocit :C أشهر قبل

    Dust mites: *sees skin flakes on the ground*
    Dust mites: finally some good food

  • AlphaAmoeba
    AlphaAmoeba أشهر قبل +3

    The clean homes have them
    Because without them, the houses wouldnt be that clean

  • Amilcar Lazo
    Amilcar Lazo أشهر قبل

    Me: Stop getting in my nose, MITES!!!
    Dust mites: Then clean your bedsheets

  • Mark Hope
    Mark Hope أشهر قبل

    I like the way you say "Poop". you get a like Amy

  • NyetNyet 623
    NyetNyet 623 أشهر قبل


  • SuckMy SpinningBalls
    SuckMy SpinningBalls أشهر قبل +1

    I'll start eating dust mites and pooping them out into their environment... Wait...

  • Tristan Bulluss
    Tristan Bulluss أشهر قبل

    I think I have these all over me, it could just be the drugs though.

  • Zylo
    Zylo أشهر قبل +1

    *starts scratching*

  • Dave k
    Dave k أشهر قبل +1

    We need to get onto another planet and start over.

  • Jiyonggg
    Jiyonggg 2 أشهر قبل

    welp, gonna go and pull up all my rug and replace it with hardwood floor

  • Jiyonggg
    Jiyonggg 2 أشهر قبل

    and to think i was about to rent an apt.

  • TS winn Pilot
    TS winn Pilot 2 أشهر قبل

    Does this one lives in our clothes?? I found this type of mites in my clothes pants which I didn't wear it for long times and I think it does not bite us but it uncomfortable .when I told to my family about this type of mites that I always found in my clothes,they said it may be coming out from my body and told me to consult the Doctor, but I think they are wrong and now I'm scared and confused.

  • One Eyed Ember Tetra
    One Eyed Ember Tetra 2 أشهر قبل

    I don't care about the dust mites, I care that I've been sleeping in a blanket coated in dead skin, my shirt is coated with skin, THERES SKIN EVERYWHERE

  • RauserCraft525
    RauserCraft525 2 أشهر قبل +3

    Me : *lays down*
    Dust mites : Are you *feeding* me

  • ˗ˏˋ  Tsumii-  ˎˊ˗
    ˗ˏˋ Tsumii- ˎˊ˗ 2 أشهر قبل +1

    *puts matress in washing machine*

  • HOTS Diablo Channel
    HOTS Diablo Channel 2 أشهر قبل

    I like her voice, i wanna see how she looks

  • ImNotMad ButUR
    ImNotMad ButUR 2 أشهر قبل

    I don’t think about things like this. It does no good.

  • Sedra Almanni
    Sedra Almanni 2 أشهر قبل +1

    Ahh... who else was on there bed

    Sike i don’t self promot