I had no clue as to what ear mites looked like still don't . It was in fact a vet that informed me . He gave me some drops to place in their ears (one or two drops per ear). The only thing I ever saw in the ear was a dark film almost like a dirty wax build up. As mentioned they hated it when I used the stuff but the scratching and then shaking of the head as though trying to shake out the source of irritation improved considerably so once every month , I subjected them to the treatment which they considered a great indignation.