PSA: Tiny Spiders Live And Breed On Our Faces While We Sleep

There are tiny spiders living on your face and there is nothing you can do about it.

Each of our bodies contains millions of tiny bugs that call us home, some are good, some are bad but almost all of them are ugly.

From a giant 3.5m tapeworms to microscopic face mites the human body plays host to, a huge variety of organisms that depend on us for survival. Some of these such as the Demodex Spider or face mite are harmless, and even beneficial, while others such as the guinea worm or botfly larvae can cause disease and untold amounts of pain for those affected.

Botfly stands on human skin. Photo: Getty

The human botfly is one of many fly species considered to be parasites to humans and have a sneaky way to get their larvae into you.

Naturalist Martyn Robinson explains that the fly “catches something like a mosquito, deposits its eggs on the other insect, and then when the mosquito bites you the eggs are transferred”.

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The larvae or ‘white maggot’ grows under your skin and is covered in backwards facing hooks ensuring that they can’t be pulled out. There are cases where people infected can feel the larvae moving under their skin as it feeds off their body. Once the larvae are big enough they burst through the skin and exit, ready to become full-grown botflies and do it all again.

However not all the bugs that call you home are as nasty as the human botfly, but that doesn’t make them any less creepy. Introducing the Demodex spider.

Demodex mite. Photo: Getty

This tiny arachnid is a mite, a cousin of the huntsman you might see scuttling across your ceiling. They are so small that they can’t be seen with the naked eye and are inside your pores and munching on the oil, or sebum, within our glands only to emerge at night to mate on our faces.

You heard that right, while you’re soundly sleeping there is an arachnid bunga bunga party happening on your cheeks.

While this might sound terrifying it’s not all bad news, scientists who have studied these mites have claimed that letting them live on our faces has some benefits as they assist in removing dirt and oil from our hair follicles.

Martyn explains that even inside your mouth “there is a whole community of little organisms, predators, prey, all interacting inside you”.

So, the next time you feel a little bit alone, take some comfort in the fact that you have hundreds of generations of grease-drinking party animals living right on your face.