How to Get Rid of Mold Mites on Computer: Easy Steps for a Clean Workspace

Mold mites can be a pesky problem, especially when they find their way onto your computer. These tiny creatures thrive in humid environments and feed on mold, making electronic devices like computers that may have some dampness an ideal breeding ground for them.

Getting rid of mold mites on your computer is not only essential for maintaining a clean and healthy workspace but also for ensuring the proper functioning of your device. By addressing the underlying mold issue and cleaning the computer thoroughly, you can effectively eliminate these unwelcome guests and prevent their return.

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Understanding Mold Mites

Biology and Life Cycle

Mold mites, also known as Tyrophagus putrescentiae, are tiny creatures that feed on mold and fungi. They are commonly found in damp and humid environments, where mold growth is prevalent. A mold mite’s life cycle consists of four stages:

  1. Egg
  2. Larva
  3. Protonymph
  4. Adult

The entire life cycle takes around 12-19 days to complete, depending on the environmental conditions and availability of food.

Environmental Preferences

Mold mites prefer environments that are high in humidity and rich in fungal biomass. They are typically found in:

  • Tropical and subtropical regions
  • Damp and humid indoor spaces
  • Areas with poor ventilation

Their ideal living conditions are:

  • Temperature: 20-25°C (68-77°F)
  • Relative humidity: > 75%

Mold mites become an issue when mold growth occurs due to increased humidity or water leakage in a building. Computer equipment, such as keyboards and cases, can trap moisture and provide an ideal environment for mold mites and mold to thrive. To prevent mold mite infestations:

  • Keep relative humidity below 60%
  • Properly clean and dry any damp or wet surfaces
  • Increase ventilation in the affected area

Food sources for mold mites include spores, fungi, and other organic materials that can be found in or around your computer. Reducing the availability of these food sources can help keep mold mite populations under control.

Environmental FactorMold Mite FavorableMold Mite Unfavorable
Temperature20-25°C (68-77°F)< 20°C (68°F) or > 25°C (77°F)
Humidity> 75%< 60%
Food SourceMold, fungi, organic materialsLimited organic materials

Taking these steps to control the environment around your computer can help you prevent mold mite infestations and protect your equipment from potential damage.

Signs of Mold Mites On Computers

Physical Evidence

Mold mites, also known as computer mites, are tiny pests that can infest your laptops, keyboards, and LEDs. Here are some signs to watch for:

  • Gray or brown dust: These mites can leave a powdery substance on your devices.
  • Visible mites: You may see tiny, white or translucent mites crawling on surfaces.

Health Implications

Mold mites can also cause health issues, especially for those with allergies or asthma. Symptoms may include:

  • Allergic reactions: Allergens from the mites can cause sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.
  • Skin rashes and itchiness: Some people may experience skin irritation from contact with mite-infested devices.
  • Sore throat: Breathing in allergens from mold mites can lead to throat irritation.

Here’s a comparison of mold mites and dust mites, which are often confused with each other:

Mold MitesDust Mites
Found in damp, moldy environmentsPrimarily live in bedding, carpets, and furniture
Feed on mold and fungiFeed on human skin cells
Leave a gray or brown powdery residueRarely leave visible traces on surfaces
Can cause allergic reactions and skin irritationCan cause asthma and allergy symptoms

If you encounter mold mites on your computer, try the following steps:

  • Keep devices clean and dust-free
  • Maintain a dry and well-ventilated environment
  • Use an air purifier or dehumidifier, if needed

By identifying mold mites and addressing their presence, you can protect both your devices and your health.

Preventing and Eliminating Mold Mites

Removing the Food Source

To prevent mold mites on your computer, start by eliminating their food source: mold. Mold growth occurs in humid environments and can be found in places like electronic devices, fabrics, and household plants. Keep humidity levels low by using a dehumidifier, fixing any leaks, and avoiding the use of humidifiers. Also, make sure to clean up your keyboard with keyboard cleaning putty

Cleaning Methods

Once the mold problem is addressed, clean your computer and surrounding area to eliminate mold mites. Use a microfiber cloth for the exterior, and pressurized air to clean internal components like computer towers and laptop internals. Avoid using bleach, borax, or lemon, as they may damage electronic devices. Instead, opt for a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.

Some cleaning methods include:

Environmental Control

In addition to cleaning, maintain a dry, cool environment to prevent mold mites from returning. Control humidity by using fans or air conditioning, and keep your work area clean and free of debris. Some electronic devices, such as portable room heaters and central air vents, can contribute to high humidity, so use them with caution.

Steps to control the environment:

In summary, preventing and eliminating mold mites on your computer involves removing their food source (mold), employing proper cleaning methods, and maintaining a controlled environment. By following these steps, you can keep your computer mold mite-free and create a healthier work or home environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can mites get in electronics?

Yes, mites can enter electronics, including computers and laptops. They are attracted to the warmth and humidity generated by these devices.

How do mites get in laptops?

Mites may enter laptops through vents, openings, or by hitching a ride on your clothes or belongings.

Do computer mites bite?

Generally, computer mites do not bite humans. However, some mite species like the cheese mite (Tyrophagus putrescentiae) can cause irritation if their population explodes.

What are some signs of bed bugs in laptops?

  • Small, dark fecal spots on the laptop surface
  • Tiny, pale yellow eggs or shed skins around the device

Bed bug laptop treatment options:

  • Vacuum the laptop and surrounding area
  • Use a portable bed bug heat treatment chamber

Do bug bombs affect electronics?
Bug bombs can potentially harm electronics due to the chemicals used, so it is not recommended for treating laptops.

What can be used to repel mites from laptops or computers?

  • Keep your device clean and dust-free
  • Store it in a dry, cool area
  • Regularly vacuum around the laptop

To get rid of mites on computers, take the following steps:

  1. Remove the food source: Mites typically feed on dust, skin cells, and other organic matter. Keep your computer and surroundings clean.
  2. Clean surfaces: Wipe down your laptop or computer with a damp cloth, avoiding any openings.
  3. Dehumidify: Lower the humidity levels in your environment as mites thrive in humid conditions.
  4. Call professionals: If the infestation persists, contact a pest control expert to address the issue.

Different kinds of computer mites:

  • Cheese mites (Tyrophagus putrescentiae)
  • Flour mites (Acarus siro)

Pros of using a dehumidifier to repel mites:

  • Reduces humidity, making it less suitable for mite infestation
  • May also reduce other issues related to high humidity, e.g., mold or mildew

Cons of using a dehumidifier:

  • Requires regular maintenance
  • May increase energy consumption

Comparison table between vacuuming and using a dehumidifier:

MethodProsCons
VacuumingRemoves dust and mites directlyNeeds frequent repetition
DehumidifierCreates unfavorable environmentIncreased energy costs

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48 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Mold Mites on Computer: Easy Steps for a Clean Workspace”

  1. I write not so much as a correction but as an additional different observation, Post it as you decide. Years ago (roughly about 27), I worked for Wells Fargo Alarm Services in Baltimore, MD. I personally observed a different type of what I was told at the time it was actually called a computer mite. It was white in color, about1/8 inch (Sorry, I’m American S.A.E. NOT METRIC) and It appeared to be about a 1/16 of an inch thick. Sorry AGAIN, I’m American S.A.E. – STILL NOT METRIC and dam proud of it, and won’t even consider making a change about it to the European/Scientific want-to-be standard. Please save you breath. The WELLS FARGO ENGINEER thought they arrived with the replacement part shipped in from WELLS FARGO’S PHILLADELLPHIA OFFICE. As we replaced a mal-funtioning key board we noticed white dust (which turned out to be bugs (mites) falling from the old part. He said the engineers had seen that “problem” before and had caught some and had them tested and identified by a Professor friend they had at UCLA (they were out of REDONDO BEACH, CA). We never saw the “problem” again, or the “saw dust”, Our part of the “problem” never returned either. If I can answer any questions, feel free to email me at: wburns797@verizon.net. There’s more to the story, but had toe left-off because of space constraints.

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  2. AS I THOUGHT I EXPLAINED IN MY EARLIER CORRESPONDENCE, SORRY GUYS. THAT WAS TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO. I DON’T THINK I EVER KNEW THE PROFESSOR’S NAME. AND SINCE THE “BUGS” WERE WIPED OUT, I REALLY DIDN’T CARE AT THE TIME. YES, IT WOULD BE NICE NOW TO HAVE THOSE IDENTIFIERS, BUT AT THE TIME THEY WERE NOT IMPORTANT COMPARED TO MAINTAINING THE SECURITY FOR ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS SERVICED FROM OUR BALTIMORE BRANCH. SORRY, NO PICTURES EITHER. IF I HAD MORE, I’D BE HAPPY TO PASS IT ALONG.

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  3. Hi,

    I’ve seen a few of these on my computer lately and would just get a napkin a squish, but thought nothing of it. But last night I I had something crawling on my hand and then notice on my screen a couple mites. I researched and found that they don’t like cold, which is one of the reasons they like the warm computer. Someone asked on a forum, if they could put the computer in a freezer and would it ruin it? Well, I have an old laptop and keep everything of importance on an external harddrive. So, I thought what the heck, if I go the route of opening my computer and spraying with a dust spray can, it won’t bother any if they’re in the screen and I didn’t want to take a chance of opening the screen too. Furthermore, I’m not a tech and might screw something up.

    I took the plunge and put my computer in a plastic sealed tight plastic bag and put it in my freezer for about 4 hours! I took it out, let it go back to room temperature (about 3 hours) and turned it on. So far, so good. My computer booted up with no problems and I haven’t seen one bug on my screen or self!!!

    I have taken precautions though and washing all my bedding, clothing in bleach and borax. Doing a complete thorough cleaning to all services, using bleach and water on some surfaces, other surfaces, I’m using 1/2 ammonia and 1/2 water and spraying the couches, mattress. Washed my body in menthol soaps (I hear they hate menthol), my hair too!

    I hope it was only isolated to my computer :/

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  4. Hi,

    I’ve seen a few of these on my computer lately and would just get a napkin a squish, but thought nothing of it. But last night I I had something crawling on my hand and then notice on my screen a couple mites. I researched and found that they don’t like cold, which is one of the reasons they like the warm computer. Someone asked on a forum, if they could put the computer in a freezer and would it ruin it? Well, I have an old laptop and keep everything of importance on an external harddrive. So, I thought what the heck, if I go the route of opening my computer and spraying with a dust spray can, it won’t bother any if they’re in the screen and I didn’t want to take a chance of opening the screen too. Furthermore, I’m not a tech and might screw something up.

    I took the plunge and put my computer in a plastic sealed tight plastic bag and put it in my freezer for about 4 hours! I took it out, let it go back to room temperature (about 3 hours) and turned it on. So far, so good. My computer booted up with no problems and I haven’t seen one bug on my screen or self!!!

    I have taken precautions though and washing all my bedding, clothing in bleach and borax. Doing a complete thorough cleaning to all services, using bleach and water on some surfaces, other surfaces, I’m using 1/2 ammonia and 1/2 water and spraying the couches, mattress. Washed my body in menthol soaps (I hear they hate menthol), my hair too!

    I hope it was only isolated to my computer :/

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  5. Computer mites feed on crumbs under your keyboard, which is why it is recommended to not eat over a computer keyboard or laptop.
    The way to get rid of them is to put a flat attachment on your hoover and vacuum over the keys while your computer switched off or keyboard is unplugged.
    If you have one of those keyboards where they keys safely just pop out, then you can do that to hoover up the crumbs and computer mites more effectively, but do a little research first and check that the keys can be taken out of your keyboard without causing any damage, keyboards are all different!

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  6. Computer mites feed on crumbs under your keyboard, which is why it is recommended to not eat over a computer keyboard or laptop.
    The way to get rid of them is to put a flat attachment on your hoover and vacuum over the keys while your computer switched off or keyboard is unplugged.
    If you have one of those keyboards where they keys safely just pop out, then you can do that to hoover up the crumbs and computer mites more effectively, but do a little research first and check that the keys can be taken out of your keyboard without causing any damage, keyboards are all different!

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  7. I have been having one to five little walkers on my computer screen as well lately. I live in an 88 year old house near a wooded area, so there are lots of dwellers both inside and out.

    I am wondering about mites in general bothering pets, as one of my dogs gets little red itchy spots which are not due to fleas. Any info about that?

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  8. I have been having one to five little walkers on my computer screen as well lately. I live in an 88 year old house near a wooded area, so there are lots of dwellers both inside and out.

    I am wondering about mites in general bothering pets, as one of my dogs gets little red itchy spots which are not due to fleas. Any info about that?

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  9. Hey guys sorry if I’m not very punctual but I have a tower that I got as a gift from my aunt her workplace was getting new computers so they gave her one of the old ones and she gave it to me screen to I’ve noticed them running around my desk and computer I got bored so I sat Dow next to my tower and decided hey I have a shit ton of tangled cords I started unraveling my turtle beach headset and seen a few on the tower I pressed the open disk try button to see if I had anything in it then I pushed it close a whole bunch of them maybe 16-20 came out at that time I do but it was a lot id love to know more if anybody can help

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  10. I’m even later to the bug party than you Justin, but I’ve just got the same problem in the last couple of weeks. I lightly vacuumed the keyboard first time then gave it a thorough “sucking” a few days ago, but they’re still there… but I only seem to be getting really tiny ones now so maybe these are just the eggs hatching out.

    For any UK readers they definitely seem averse to the smell of TCP so a good wipe down with that is probably going to help make your domain a little less inviting. For anyone else reading a plant spray bottle full of TCP is also a great way to knock mozzies out 😀

    I’m going to keep hoovering the keyboard every few days and see if I can collapse the colony – short of pulling the keys off (I could but I hate doing that because there’s always a risk I can’t get one or two back on right again) I think that’s my best plan – don’t let them grow old enough to have babies!

    Another idea I had (sprang from another totally unsafe idea to gas them in the oven) is to build some kind of small fogging chamber, or find something small and air-tight enough to be used as one then put my laptop in there and let some sort of gas bomb off in there.

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  11. I’m even later to the bug party than you Justin, but I’ve just got the same problem in the last couple of weeks. I lightly vacuumed the keyboard first time then gave it a thorough “sucking” a few days ago, but they’re still there… but I only seem to be getting really tiny ones now so maybe these are just the eggs hatching out.

    For any UK readers they definitely seem averse to the smell of TCP so a good wipe down with that is probably going to help make your domain a little less inviting. For anyone else reading a plant spray bottle full of TCP is also a great way to knock mozzies out 😀

    I’m going to keep hoovering the keyboard every few days and see if I can collapse the colony – short of pulling the keys off (I could but I hate doing that because there’s always a risk I can’t get one or two back on right again) I think that’s my best plan – don’t let them grow old enough to have babies!

    Another idea I had (sprang from another totally unsafe idea to gas them in the oven) is to build some kind of small fogging chamber, or find something small and air-tight enough to be used as one then put my laptop in there and let some sort of gas bomb off in there.

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  12. Well I read that most of you are having the issue with ur actual computer, but me on the other hand I’m having these little things come out on my phone screen and once on my hand … I don’t know what to do or what there caused from but I need HELP Cuz I m freaking out !!!

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  13. I’m Brazilian and have this problem in my bedroom. I guess that they are in the wood…Nobody can solve it. I wanna know if somebody managed solve this problem and how?! I’m freaking out too! =/ I’ve tried many ways and no work. =(

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    • I first noticed them on my cell phone that I kept beside me in the bedroom, Then I noticed some on the charger cord then I realized they were on all of my clothes hangers Then I realized they were everywhere in my bedroom. After a lot of research I took all of the items out of my room in plastic bags and put them outside. I vacuumed the bed floors walls and then washed them As well as bought diatomaceous earth powder And using a Swiffer duster I dusted every corner of the room every part of the bed underneath the frame the dresser drawers the closet rods. After washing all of my clothes and freezing some items in the freezer in plastic bags like my jewelry I kept all of the other items in the garage in the cold so far I haven’t seen any of these in my bedroom for a couple months now. The diatomaceous earth powder works awesome it kills them instantly I bought it at Canadian Tire I live in Canada.

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  14. I have this exact same problem, they are running around behind the glass on my laptop screen and I just can’t get rid of them! I haven’t noticed them anywhere else in my home but it’s bloody annoying. I’m from Scotland though it doesn’t appear to be related to where you are from! Disaster all round.

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    • I’ve been paranoid about these for years since finding them in a damp rented flat in Dundee. I’ve now noticed them for the first time in 15 years in my house, and I’m just short of having a breakdown I think. It’s hard to find decent info online but it seems that they are due to high humidity and that should be kept at 30-50% and they should die out in their own, so I’m investing in a dehumidifier 🙁

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  15. I have been noticing pinpoint sized grey/ dark bugs crawling on my iphone screen when I turn it on in the morning.
    I keep it in bed w me at night hooked up to the charger.
    Also – for the past two months
    ( maybe unrelated ) I have had rash / type itchy bumps crop up all over my body. The marks are red and look like mosquito bites. Last a few days / then disappear. New ones are always appearing.
    The Dermatologist doesn’t know what the cause is.
    She mentioned they looked like bites – but we have ruled out any possible cause.
    Could this be related to these TEENY TINY PIN PRICK BUGS???
    What are they?????

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  16. I have been noticing pinpoint sized grey/ dark bugs crawling on my iphone screen when I turn it on in the morning.
    I keep it in bed w me at night hooked up to the charger.
    Also – for the past two months
    ( maybe unrelated ) I have had rash / type itchy bumps crop up all over my body. The marks are red and look like mosquito bites. Last a few days / then disappear. New ones are always appearing.
    The Dermatologist doesn’t know what the cause is.
    She mentioned they looked like bites – but we have ruled out any possible cause.
    Could this be related to these TEENY TINY PIN PRICK BUGS???
    What are they?????

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    • Sue Paul – these sound very much like bird mites. People tell you that they don’t feed on humans, but they certainly do. We had a problem with them due to nests in our roof space and it was very difficult to rid ourselves of them. They live in the wood of houses and furnishings, not on the birds. They come out to feed on living creatures at night, attracted by the carbon dioxide we breathe out, then return to burrow into the wood in tiny cracks and other places where they can’t be seen. I treated every cloth and textile item we owned with pesticide, then hot washed everything with Borax, then hot dried all the linen and clothing. So far we’re good. But sometimes the eggs can lay dormant until the warmer weather and re-infest the place. Good luck!

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  17. I was given two old laptops by a friend that I have kept in the garage, which in damp. I now brought them in to see if they are alive, and could be used for a project. A few minutes after starting the laptops up (they worked well) small white mites started coming out from under the key boards, and lots of them. It took me a little while to notice them so there were many running around at that point. The laptops are very dusty and keys are sticky, as well as having spent the last five months in a damp garage in the UK. So I have now wiped them with 100 DEET mosquito repellent and left them outdoors, after using wet wipes to clean them and vacuuming. They disappeared when I turned the laptops off. I may try the freezer for a while as well before I make up my mind on whether it is worth taking the risk to use them. I would not want to risk them moving to other stuff.

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  18. Hi Ally …
    It’s Sue Paul with the tiny grey/ black bugs on my iPhone screen. Thank you for your suggestion of bird mites. Could VERY well be that. We have NO bed bugs ( checked by 2 exterminators and a K-9 dog! )
    HOWEVER…I am still being bitten every night. We live in PA. When we go to our home in FL the red marks disappear in two days and return the morning after we get back and sleep in PA.!
    This is making me CRAZY! My exterminator was here for some “mouse” activity I heard in the attic …so I suggested carpet beetles to him and he put down glue boards – there are some tiny dots on them … but no beetles !
    Just read it could be mice mites too … We live in the woods and have a lot of creatures nearby. I feed the birds – and am now stopping 🙁

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  19. Hi Ally …
    It’s Sue Paul with the tiny grey/ black bugs on my iPhone screen. Thank you for your suggestion of bird mites. Could VERY well be that. We have NO bed bugs ( checked by 2 exterminators and a K-9 dog! )
    HOWEVER…I am still being bitten every night. We live in PA. When we go to our home in FL the red marks disappear in two days and return the morning after we get back and sleep in PA.!
    This is making me CRAZY! My exterminator was here for some “mouse” activity I heard in the attic …so I suggested carpet beetles to him and he put down glue boards – there are some tiny dots on them … but no beetles !
    Just read it could be mice mites too … We live in the woods and have a lot of creatures nearby. I feed the birds – and am now stopping 🙁

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  20. I wiped the keyboard with lemon drops (essential oil) + water and after doing that a few days they seem to be gone. Now I’m gonna spray it everywhere and hope that solves the mites problem.

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  21. I live in the tropics and recently noticed tiny mites on my laptop screen. They are tiny, dark and move very quickly. I managed to get rid of them from the laptop by spraying a piece of paper with insecticide which I placed on the keyboard and closed the laptop which BTW I use in bed. That got rid of them from the laptop however now I have found one or two on me! I also recently have found itchy little red spots on various parts of my body which I thought at first were mosquito bites and no they are not bed bugs! So what is going on and how to get rid of these nasty little spiders.

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  22. I have had two ” attacks”, about 15 to 20 bites each time, from what I think are mites. The bites are painful & look like an inflamed area with a hard liquid-filled center. They bite while I sleep. I also have hard dots on my cellphone screen protector. I finally found a product that will kill them, Adams flea and tick home spray. You can use it indoors. I have sprayed my recliner, where I sleep, and walls and window sills in that area. I have also sprayed cellphone screen. Then I found little black dots, look like pepper. Have read that the black dots are their feces…how gross is that??! I was out of Adams spray so tried Lysol spray and wiped counter and shower down with Lysol spray in bathroom where I saw the black dots. You could also try Dawn dishwashing soap. I hope something works for you. I have been SO very miserable. It is a nightmare. They are tenacious little critters. I wish you luck that you can get it under control!

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    • Hi Nancy Miller please help me out of is possible can you tell me what kind of spray or products did you use to get rid of them i will appreciate it because i have a little boy and we don’t sleep in are bedroom for last few days many thanks .

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  23. If you are dealing with mites contact Cathee at Natural Ginesis and ask her about the product “kleen Green”. Natural Ginesis has a website. She is incredibly helpful!!! Kleen Green It is made of natural enzyzmes and is very safe and is a concentrate. It will gradaully kill bugs. Use in a ratio of 1 part Kleen Green to 7 parts water. Soak you clothes in it for 2 or more hours. Then, wash normally. It truly helps. Also, diatomaceous earth (food grade) is sold by Natural Ginesis. It will help in apartment and offices. Not recommended to spray directly on keyboard.

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  24. Hi all,
    I live in Dubai and i have noticed these things on my laptop screen as well as my mobile,,,, very worried ,,,,, so i am going to try putting the devices inside a plastic bag and place them over night in the fridge,,,,, and hopefully it kills those damn Mites and will keep you guys posted if that helps,,, crossing fingers !!!!

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  25. Hi all,
    I live in Dubai and i have noticed these things on my laptop screen as well as my mobile,,,, very worried ,,,,, so i am going to try putting the devices inside a plastic bag and place them over night in the fridge,,,,, and hopefully it kills those damn Mites and will keep you guys posted if that helps,,, crossing fingers !!!!

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  26. Steri-Fab is VERY effective against all creepy-crawly things in the environment. If you’re desperate, I would try that. You can spray it on your bed, sheets, walls (do a test area first. Can affect some paints/finishes), upholstered chairs, window frames, remote controls (just a wipe), lampshades, rugs, etc. Don’t use on finished wood or floors). But, you CAN spray some on a paper towel or soft cloth and a q-tip and run it around your keyboard, the edges of your screen, hard to reach places. You CANNOT get it on any of the electrical circuits but it contains a small amount of pesticide & mildewcide that kills mold & mites, as well as bacteria, viruses, etc. but it’s also alcohol-based, so it dries quickly and leaves no residue. I also wiped down the extension cords (not plugged in, obviously) and other wires. May need to repeat a couple of times. It’s used to clean in hospitals. The pesticide isn’t “residual,” so won’t hang around too long, but kills fleas, mites, mold, viruses, bacteria, etc. ON CONTACT so you might be able to rest easy for the night while also using other more long-term solutions. You can also use dry heat for computers – they sell those heat-killers for bed bugs (we didn’t have BB, but had the mites and a couple of other visitors due to humidity!) and putting your electronics in there for about 30-45 min (depending on your issue) will kill anything alive, but the electronics will be fine. Then, take them out and vacuum/wipe them. After that’s done, do what you need to do to control your environment. Control the humidity. Vacuum like crazy. Air out the house…Good luck & have patience. I know it’s hard!

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  27. BTW, we got mites IN our fridge from putting some things in the freezer. Apparently, they decided to move on up from the freezer section to the fridge section, where they may themselves at home, so be careful and seal everything as tightly as you can!

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    • NOOOOO!! I’ve been dealing with these creeps for a couple months. Cleaning, vacuuming, spraying with essential oils, rubbing alcohol, and bleach. Just got a 2 dehumidifiers and a bunch of damp-rid. The jerks wont leave….and your comment made my stomach sink. I can’t even imagine them creeping around in my fridge.

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  28. Sorry to post a 3rd time, but I just wanted to second KP’s “Kleen Green” recommendation. Not a “contact” kill like the Sterifab, but natural and really does work. Bonus that you can use it for serious cleaning and also for washing your hair/taking a bath(they recommend it! The enzymes leave your skin & scalp itch-free and very soft and your hair feeling healthy and shiny. Don’t overdo it, at first (follow the dilution directions) or you could feel a “burning” feeling, but if you use it right, it’s very good for mites, mold, skin rashes, etc…Highly recommend.

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  29. I have them in my phone. On me and in every electronics .. all I see is a black mass in my phone. .can not hold it to long ..feel them crawling and biting me. .. everything I pick up. They r on it. .or in it..they r on the bottom of my feet ..they make my sores feel like glass has cut me. .so tired of them ..and seems like I am the only one allergic to them. Out of two households ..

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  30. I have been having a lot of trouble wtht the mites aroundthe computer and TVthey not only get into my refrigerator they get into the food.they seem to be able to go right through the box.I am down to 104 lbs, I freeze most of what I eatI bought frozen pan cakes and thought putting thm in the toaster would be good but when I took them out ot the freezer they had already gotten into them there4 were tiny holes all arounhnd the pancakes and pieces ripped outI threw them away

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  31. I also have some kind of mtes in the beams on our ceilings, they leave white marks on the floor which are hard to scrub off..it is very hard to get help no one will believe you excuse my typing I am partially blind.they eat at paint and wood.I am washing clothes in hot water and drying them in a very hot dryer but get very little relief.I am going to try to get some of that clean green stuff.I am going to throw away most of my clothes it is too much money and work to try to save them .

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  32. I also have some kind of mtes in the beams on our ceilings, they leave white marks on the floor which are hard to scrub off..it is very hard to get help no one will believe you excuse my typing I am partially blind.they eat at paint and wood.I am washing clothes in hot water and drying them in a very hot dryer but get very little relief.I am going to try to get some of that clean green stuff.I am going to throw away most of my clothes it is too much money and work to try to save them .

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  33. I a m still being bitten by mites . I noticed more bites whem I was in the computer room.They are all around my laptop and desk.do any of you see what looks like craft glitter around where the mites are. I am going to try the klreen green by Ginesis. I was a ballroom dance instructer I put my gowns and dance shoes I plastic bags and threw them in the trash.it was too expensive to save them. this all started wit seeing small white dots on my kitchen counter I started cleaning and scrubbing every thing even though my house was not dirty.One day while cleaning in the bath room, I heard a sound like some thing flying by the top og my hand swelled up like a hugh mushroom not pain no big hole .the swelling slowly started down till I had a pretty large bump on my hand I knew something had embedded in my hand I wish I had took a picture of itI saw four Doctors who said there could be no bug under the lump.they sait my body would absorb it my primary DR gave m 10 days of antibiotics. the bump has gone away .while cleanng the bathroom again I noticed a bulge on the toilet seat that was supposed to look like oak. But today I noticed the bulge had a big slit in it . that is where the mite must have come out of. As GOD as my witness this is the absolute truth. today I was supposed to have a procedure on my having dye jnjected. because of my rash he said he was going to get in touch with my primary to see if it was safe to do it.I will let you know what comes out of this I am ready to give up. I wonder if a might could have caused me to lose the sight in my left eye.

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  34. again I am sorry for my writing and missing words. . I am blind in the left eye.my DR who is a retna specialist sent me to the hospital and had tests done and could find no reason for this to happen. surely there must be an expert some where to tell us to get rid of these monsters.

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  35. I have found small white mites all over my bedroom, especially in headphones and my radio. I’m desperate to get rid of them without throwing away all my stuff. There is a gap under the skirting board leading to the foundations of the house so I’m not sure if getting rid of them will prevent their returning, if they live down there too.

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