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These mites can be identified under a lens by their long hairs at the rear end. They can occur in foodstuffs but are more commonly associated with furniture or house goods that have been in a damp environment for some time. The mites feed on a fungus that grows in these areas and often multiply in very large numbers. Mites do not bite but they can, however, cause allergic reactions for people sensitive to them, which can result in cold-like symptoms such as runny-noses, sneezing, itchiness or bite-like marks caused by scratching. Normally this is best treated by an antihistamine.