Bed Bug vs Dust Mite Bites: Telling The difference


Bed bugs and dust mites are two different types of pests that can cause bites in humans, but there are some differences between bed bug and dust mite bites. In this blog post, we will break down the differences between bites from bed bugs and bites from dust mites and help you identify which pest has caused the bite.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye and can often be seen on or near the bed. Bed bugs typically bite at night and feed on human blood. Bed bug bites usually appear in a cluster or line pattern, often on exposed skin like the face, neck, arms, and hands. Bed bug bites can cause itchiness, redness, and swelling, and can sometimes lead to secondary infections. 

Dust Mite Bites

Dust mites are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. Dust mites feed on dead skin cells and do not bite humans. Dust mites can cause allergic reactions in some people, which can lead to symptoms like itching, redness, and swelling of the skin. Dust mite allergies can also cause respiratory symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and difficulty breathing.


It’s important to note that many other types of pests can cause bites or allergic reactions in humans, so it can sometimes be difficult to determine the exact cause of a bite or reaction without a professional inspection or medical evaluation. If you are experiencing symptoms like itching, redness, or swelling, it’s best to consult with a medical professional to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

If you think you have bed bugs or dust mites please contact Ben’s Bugs Pest Control on 07496 877 885 for advice.