7 Terrible but Essential Facts You Must Know About Dust Mites and 3 Ways to Stop Them

  • If you often wake up with congestion, a runny nose, watery eyes, itching, or sneezing, then you are probably allergic to dust mites.
  • Your bed is the perfect environment for dust mites; they love to burrow into fabric and feast on your dead skin cells. Humans shed one to three pounds of skin a year, plenty of food for millions of dust mites.
  • Depending on its age, your mattress may house between one million and ten million dust mites.
  • During its 80-day lifespan, the average dust mite produces about 1,000 allergen waste particles.
  • A gram (about a half teaspoon) of dust contains as many as 1,000 dust mites and 250,000 allergenic dust mite fecal pellets.
  • The weight of the average mattress doubles after ten years due to dust mite infestation, and the weight of the average pillow increases 10% after one year.
  • Dust mite populations peak during the hot, humid months of July and August.

3 ways to STOP them:

  • Vacuum your mattress and pillow regularly, specifically using HEPA filtration
  • Lower the humidity level in your bedroom below 50%
  • Steam clean your mattress at least once a year to remove up to 99% of dust mite population
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