How to Collect Mite Samples for Identification
- Collect dust balls from fans, heating vents and ceiling fixtures.
- Collect lint balls from couches and bedding.
- Collect salt and pepper like particles from beds and couches.
- The next time you feel a crawling or stinging sensation, gently apply a piece of masking tape to the corresponding patch of skin. Be sure not to press very hard because mites are difficult to identify when smashed.
- Place a dark piece of fabric in your bathroom sink. An old cotton t-shirt will work well. Flip your head over the sink. With gloved hands, scratch your scalp. Do you see white crystals or dandruff like flakes falling onto the t-shirt?
- Repeat the above procedure with a white piece of fabric. Do you see black pepper like dots or flakes?
Where to Send Mite Samples for Identification
Vetdna.com is the leader in PCR testing for animal owners, veterinarians, researchers and pest control companies. Many other companies exist online. Each company will have different protocols. Some will look at samples collected from skin, while others will only look at samples collected from the environment.
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