Dust Mites The Facts
What are Dust Mites?
Dust Mites are microscopic creatures, invisible to the naked eye, that live and breed in your mattresses, blankets, pillows, sofas, soft toys and carpets. They thrive in warm, moist conditions and can number in the millions.
They are attributed to being a major and most dominant biological indoor trigger for many forms of allergies including Asthma Attacks, Headaches, Hay Fever, Eczema and other skin outbreaks due to their excrement.
Here are the facts:
- We humans shed thousands of skin cells every day, most of them in our mattresses.
- 60% of Dust mite colonies in bedrooms are found in mattresses.
- Dust mites can feed for up to 170 days on this shed skin.
- Dust mites produce 200 times their body weight in excrement during their lifetime.
- Dust mites can live without food for one year.
- A female dust mite can lay up to 300 eggs.
- Dust mites leave behind their excrement which is the cause of many allergy-like symptoms.
- Dust mites can disrupt sleep patterns, which can be an unseen catalyst in many health problems.
- Every home has dust mites and over 50% of all homes are INFESTED with dust mites!
– World Health Organisation – ‘Facts on Asthma’
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