Little ‘spiders’ have sex on your face while you sleep, researchers say

They’re present in every newborn, yet they’re imperceptible to the naked eye.

Miniscule eight-legged creatures are having intercourse on your face while you sleep, according to new research. The mites are invisible to the naked eye, and are in the skin of all humans – and have bizarre mating habits.

The entwined couples cling on to our hair as they copulate. They are passed on during birth and carried by almost every person and numbers peak in adults as pores grow bigger.

Image showing Demodex folliculorum mite on skin under Hirox microscope

Image showing a Demodex folliculorum mite on the skin under a Hirox microscope (Image: University of Reading / SWNS)