9 Deceptive Small Clear White Bugs In Your House

The invasion of white translucent bugs can be a curse to your home.

I say this as someone who has endured the ordeal of these elusive pests infiltrating my living space. 

The real horror lies in their stealthy nature, often escaping notice until their numbers have multiplied beyond control. 

I paid a hefty price for underestimating them and ignoring their presence. 

It took me a while to even identify these tiny, clear intruders. 

But once I took matters into my own hands and conducted thorough research, the tide turned. 

In this guide, I will reveal the nine small clear white bugs in the house and unravel their sneaky ways of invading homes.

You’ll also find the effective strategies (after trying hundreds of them) that worked to bid farewell to these monsters for good.

Let’s ensure your home is free from these translucent invaders.

White Mites

White Mites - Small Clear White Bugs In The House

White mites are tiny spider mites that feed on plants’ sap. These mites are so tiny that they appear like white dust on plants’ leaves and stems.

I had a severe white mites problem with my potted plants in the bedroom. 

To my horror, I saw these mites spreading to my bed and crawling on my pillow cover. 

On inspecting my plants, I found tons of them infested my beloved plants. 

I used a magnifying glass to determine what they looked like. They look like tiny white spiders; I can see through their guts.

Spider mites also create spider-like webbings on the plants, which is also a sign of their presence. 

A severe white mite infestation on plants hampers plant growth. The leaves start to turn yellow, and if they’re on the seedlings, then seedlings can die.

So, what did I do?

I found out that soapy water spray on plants kills spider mites. 

However, I had to chop off the infected leaves and twigs. I also removed the dying plants to prevent these mites from spreading to other plants.

The best part is that spider mites don’t bite humans. However, they do bring the risk of allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. 

Dust Mites

What Do Dust Mites Eat

I hate dust mites. They’re impossible to spot because they’re microscopic, and I’m severely allergic to them. 

I wasn’t at home for three months, and when I returned home in the middle of the summer, I found a dusty layer on my carpets, bed mattress, and furniture. 

After three to five minutes, I started to sneeze. At that moment, I realized I had dust mites in the house. 

Dust mites even infiltrated my closet, appearing as white dust particles on my clothes. 

I washed all infested fabric in hot soapy water to kill dust mites. And I steam-cleaned the bed mattress, carpets, curtains, and drapes.

Heat kills dust mites on contact, so I used a steam cleaner instead of a vacuum cleaner.

However, I vacuum-cleaned my entire home and followed a regular cleaning schedule. 

The bad news is that it’s impossible to eliminate dust mites forever. They’ll infiltrate the house every year if you live in a dust mite-prone locale. 

The only thing that you can do is to clean regularly, control moisture, and wash fabrics often to prevent them.

Spotting a dust mite, even under a magnifying glass, was challenging. 

But while I was researching about them, I found that they’re translucent, shiny, and they’ve oval bodies.

Dust mites are allergens. And for asthma patients, they’re deadly because they can trigger asthma attacks in them. 

Dust mites also feed on the dry skin of humans. And their feeding causes itchy red welts on the skin. 

Grain Mites

Grain Mites - Small Clear White Mites in Flour and Kitchen

Grain mites are tiny, white, clear bugs that infest foods like flour, cereals, grains, and rice. 

Like dust mites, grain mites are also tricky to spot with the naked eye. 

These mites appear as a dusty layer on the foods they infest. 

When their numbers increase, they can spill over from the food and appear in kitchen counters, shelves, and cabinets.

While struggling with dust mites, I also found dusty layers in my kitchen. 

I cleaned the kitchen, but they were coming back. I noticed no dusty layer in other areas of the house.

So, it forced me to ask myself, “Am I dealing with dust mites in the kitchen?”

I researched for days and found out that I’ve grain mites. 

After discovering the symptoms of grain mites in stored foods, I inspected my flour and grain storage jars. 

The grains and flour developed a yellowish stain, and they were also emitting an odor.

The stain and smell come from grain mites’ fecal matter and shed skin. 

I tossed away the infested food and gave my kitchen a thorough cleaning. 

I vacuum-cleaned the kitchen, including the storage sections in the pantry, and cleaned the surfaces with disinfectant.

Result? No grain mites anymore.

However, I also found out that we’re inadvertently responsible for bringing grain mites home.

These mites can be present in the food packets that we buy from grocery stores. 

I stopped buying food packets with holes or dusty layers on the packaging. It’s a clear sign of grain mites and food bugs in them.

Psocids

Booklice-Tiny-white-or-light-brown-bugs

Psocids are termite-like transparent bugs that hide and breed in humid areas of the house, such as the bathroom and basement. 

These bugs are tiny, but they’re not invisible. You can spot them slowly crawling on the damp and moldy surfaces.

Psocids, also known as booklice or bark lice, are oval and come in white, tan, or brown colors. 

They feed on the molds. So, anything with molds on them can be their feeding grounds.

I overlooked them in my bathroom. And soon spread to my books, bedroom, walls, and even my stored rice grains. 

I discovered that all these items had molds because of excessive dampness in my home.

Leaky pipes in the house and excessive humidity in the air cause dampness. And the dampness leads to mold formation. 

Psocids in the house will target these moldy areas to feed. And they’ll hide in the cracks and crevices to lay their eggs.

Psocids enter homes from the outdoors. When the weather becomes hot and dry, they run out of wet areas to hide.

That causes them to sneak inside the house through the cracks in the windowsills and walls.

However, they can also latch onto wood pieces, plant pots, old furniture, and cardboard boxes to enter the house.

Psocids don’t bite. But they become a nuisance quickly because they breed fast in room temperature and humidity.

Thankfully, it’s easy to get rid of psocids. Using a vacuum cleaner on them is the best way to remove them.

However, you can use diatomaceous earth to kill psocids before using your vacuum cleaner to eliminate them. 

Prevention is the key when it comes to dealing with psocids. 

I controlled moisture in the house by fixing leaky pipes and installing a dehumidifier in the bathroom. 

I sealed any cracks in the windows and walls to prevent bugs from creeping into the house.

I also used a mold cleaner to remove the mold from the walls, floor, and furniture to ensure mold bugs don’t target them. 

Wood Mites

Wood mites - Tiny white bugs on wood that look like dust

Wood mites are also mold-eating bugs. But they feed on the molds that form on the wooden surfaces.

Like dust mites and mold mites, wood mites are also microscopic. So, they’re difficult to spot when their numbers are low.

When their numbers increase, they appear as a white or gray dusty layer on the wooden surface.

Wood mites are not wood-eating bugs. I used to think that they eat wood just like termites. 

But on researching, I stood corrected. 

I found wood mites as a dusty layer on the firewood blocks in my yard. My garden furniture also had these mites because I left them in the rain.

They didn’t go away on their own. I had to clean the furniture with a white vinegar solution to remove wood mites

These mites are harmless. However, sensitive individuals can be allergic to them. 

Wood mites shed their skin. Their skins can get suspended in the air and enter the respiratory system to cause allergies. 

White Springtails or Snow Fleas

White Springtails

When I found psocids in my bathroom, I also found white springtails or snow fleas. 

Springtails are tiny cylindrical bugs with a pair of long antennae. They’re tiny jumping bugs with an organ known as furcula tucked in their abdomen.

They use the furcula to push themselves against the surface to jump.

Snow fleas are white and translucent, and they have cylindrical bodies. A pair of long antennae on their heads is a noticeable factor in their anatomy. 

Like psocids, snow fleas also enter homes looking for damp conditions.

They’ll jump from the vegetation near the windows or sneak through tiny gaps and apertures on the windowsills. 

Outdoors, these bugs live in plants, decaying organic matter, and wet soil beds. 

I am a seasoned gardener, so I knew these bugs are beneficial insects because they help break down organic wastes. 

However, snow fleas can be dangerous to seedlings because they can feed on their roots.

I normally let them be in my garden. But I got rid of them while I was getting rid of them in my home.

Snow fleas and all types of springtails are harmless to humans and pets. 

They are not only white. But they can also come in shades like gray, brown, and iridescent or metallic blue or green.

Baby Bed Bugs

Do Baby Bed Bugs Bite

I found baby bed bugs in my bed when I was struggling with a bad bed bug infestation in the house. 

Juvenile bed bugs are tiny, oval, white, and transparent.

They are not microscopic but can be challenging to spot because they camouflage well with the bedding. 

Also, bed bug babies remain hidden in the cracks and gaps on the bedframe, headboard, and box springs.

Like adult bed bugs, juveniles come out at night to feed on human blood.

And their bites are as nasty as the adults. 

I found bed bug babies while inspecting my home for bed bugs. 

Bed bug babies are a terrible sign of bed bug infestation. The reason is that the adults are getting access to bloodmeals, and they’re breeding.

A female bed bug can lay between 10 and 20 eggs after a blood meal. So, the sighting of bed bug juveniles signifies that there are more.

I’ve successfully removed bed bugs in my home using DIY ways because I caught the infestation early.

I also contained the infestation by taking steps such as not shifting things out of the infested room. 

But I was lucky to catch the infestation early.

If you’re seeing bed bug babies in your house, hiring a bed bug exterminator as soon as possible will be best. 

White Flies

Whiteflies - White Dust-Like Bugs

I mentioned white flies in my post on tiny white bugs that look like dust.

These are also plant pests that harm plants by feeding on their sap. 

Adult white flies develop a white waxy coating on their bodies to protect themselves from predation. 

But the white fly nymphs or juveniles don’t have that waxy coating. 

The nymphs are translucent white. However, they can come in different colors, like translucent yellow and black. 

You can have white fly nymphs in your home if adult white flies infest your indoor plants

I noticed the nymphs at the leaves’ undersides and on the branches’ junctions, feeding on the plant’s sap. 

Neem oil and insecticidal spray eliminate white flies and their nymphs from the plants. 

Mealy Bugs

Mealybugs

Like white flies, mealy bugs also develop a white waxy coating on their bodies.

But their transparent, see-through pale yellow and red bodies lie underneath the waxy coating.

Mealy bugs are also sap bugs. And like the white flies, they’re incredibly harmful to plants.

My greenhouse plants had a terrible mealy bug infestation. 

I removed these bugs by wiping the leaves with a cloth damped in rubbing alcohol. 

I also used soapy water spray and insecticidal dust on the plants to get rid of them.

Moth mealy bugs and white flies can infest indoor plants. 

They target unhealthy and poorly-watered plants. 

You can also bring them inside the house by bringing potted plants with these bugs.

Recap of Small Clear White Bugs In The House

So, there you have it—a list of nine little translucent white bugs in the house.

Some bugs in the list, especially the white mites and the baby bed bugs, can be challenging to spot because of their tiny size.

However, psocids and snow fleas are easily detectable. 

I shared the hacks I implemented to eliminate these white bugs. And the risks they bring. 

So, have you been struggling with other clear bugs in the house that must be on the list?

What did you do to get rid of them? Mention in the comments below. 

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2 thoughts on “9 Deceptive Small Clear White Bugs In Your House”

  1. Thanks a million for helping me to identify my pest. I searched high and low on the Internet. Your page was the first one I found that mentioned white springtails based on my description. Thank you!!!

  2. I really do appreciate the people who take the time to learn thing Like this so that people who live in old houses this wood floorsAnd damp areas could know what the h*** is biting them when they are coming back lives in an house
    And start getting bug bites every where. Thank you

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