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what are these tiny white crawly speck things?

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Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:02:58

they are crawling across my desk they are like teensy white moving things, I see one now and again, looks like a speck of dust but then it moves

Threadwworm Sat 06-Sep-08 12:04:34


MatNanPlus Sat 06-Sep-08 12:11:47

white fly?

KatyMac Sat 06-Sep-08 12:15:56

Baby spider?

cafebistro Sat 06-Sep-08 12:18:31

Feather mites? probably not unless you keep birds in your house! smile

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:19:17

white fly?


they are tinsy tiny

lol at nanobots

FrannyandZooey Sat 06-Sep-08 12:35:13

is your desk real wood? i sometimes see these on our wood chopping board

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:35:53

yes, franny, it is

but I have seen them in the kitchen too and there is no wood there, not even a chopping board

FrannyandZooey Sat 06-Sep-08 12:38:37

maybe it is just that they show up against my chopping board then
wtf are they?
oh I have seen them on the top of our toilet tank also
I think they like the damp

fransmom Sat 06-Sep-08 12:39:36


Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 13:03:02

well if you have them on your chopping board Franny I will cease worrying about them anyway

you are so healthy

I was afeard a dd would eat one but they don't seem to have killed you yet

psychomum5 Sat 06-Sep-08 13:04:30

paper mites???

I think they are tiny and white.

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 13:11:45

there are special mites for paper?

my house is like a big ole amusement park then

psychomum5 Sat 06-Sep-08 14:10:01

yup, there are special mites for paper!!

I found out when I was a teen and working in a chip shop. (this was in the days of wrapped chips, before all those bags/boxeswink). We used newspaper paper, but non-printed type, and I often had to unwrap the huge great piles of it, and there were always teeny specks scurrying - paper mites.

they bite too!! you won;t feel the bite, but they bloody itch......

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 14:11:14

do they, er, bite you and leave you with a big red mark?

<lightbulb moment>

psychomum5 Sat 06-Sep-08 14:14:34

ah, yes, maybe.

I always had big red marks anyway as I used to burn myself lots (am such a clumsy cookblush), so I would not have noticed, but I did notice the itching which was from the bites!

belgo Sat 06-Sep-08 14:16:27

dust mites I think

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 14:16:59


dust mites

do they bite? are they white and little?

belgo Sat 06-Sep-08 14:17:25

do dust mites bite?

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 14:17:50

no not dust mites

"Dust mites are tiny insects that are invisible to the naked eye" says a google

and my eyesight is by no means fantastic <peers>

belgo Sat 06-Sep-08 14:18:29

so does that mean the tiny white things that we get aren't dust mites then? Good.

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 14:22:19

you've got dust mites

you just can't see 'em grin

belgo Sat 06-Sep-08 14:22:40

it seems as though all houses have dust mites though in any case.

psychomum5 Sat 06-Sep-08 14:29:09

dust mites do bite, and they cause allergies too (I should know, I am allergic to them causing much strife with bedding etc!).

and all houses have them too, altho you can limit how much you might have thro having wooden floors, leather sofa's, blinds rather heavy drapes etc.

all of which we will be getting/doing once we get planning thro for our new conservatory/extension, and re-do the entire downstairs of our house.

SuperSillyus Sat 06-Sep-08 14:32:19

I have those tiny white things crawling about my kitchen sometimes. I've also had something in flour which are smaller, looks like flour but moves.

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