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Dust Mites


Dust Mites

Tiny Roommates in Your Bed

By The Air Purifier

Believe it or not, that lovely, welcoming bed that you so eagerly fall into at night is also the place where invisible dust mites are sleeping right along with you.

Well, they're probably not sleeping, but rather are actively eating the 10 grams of dead skin cells each person or pet who inhabits the bed sheds each week. The result is that humans are breathing in dust mites and dust mite excretions every single day.

Time of Year

Springtime is right around the corner bringing much-awaited sunshine through windows and into the home. This added light allows homeowners to see the dust that has accumulated on furniture and surfaces.

The sun's rays shining through a home's windows even allows families to see the dust floating in the air. That dust is 80% dead skin cells that are making a veritable feast for dust mites.

This dust is frantically being gobbled up by busy little dust mites, and the buffet of dead skin cells is like a buffet set up in the mites honor on your mattress and upholstered furniture. The cycle continues as the skin cells are shed, the dust mites eat and excrete their waste.

The humans in the home continue breathing. And every time a female dust mite has a new tribe of young ones, the nasty cycle repeats itself.

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Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms

Even as the body attempts to protect itself from the dust mites feces by producing antibodies that create histamines, the addition of the histamines causes the swelling of the respiratory passages, and nasal congestion.

The Microscopic Dust Mite can cause any or all of the following symptoms:

  • watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy, red, watery eyes
  • nasal congestion
  • itchy nose and throat
  • nasal drip
  • cough
  • facial pain
  • swollen skin

Physical Reactions to Dust Mites

Depending on the person's physiology, he or she may suffer from allergic reactions such as asthmahay fever, and eczema because of the mite feces and enzymes in household dust. Those with sensitivities can be plagued with something as simple as a runny nose or as complicated as chronic reactions that can dramatically affect a person's health and well-being. Unfortunately, the most serious exposure to dust mite allergens is experienced when sleeping or when the dust has been disturbed. 

Yes, dust mites are attracted to the warmhumid conditions that are present in mattresses. This problem is so wide-spread that it is very likely that your family has dust mites in their mattresses.

Think about this

Have you ever had the sniffles in the morning when you first wake up? Have you suffered from sinus-type headaches, itchy eyes, and sneezing? If so, it may be because of those pesky dust mites who are hiding in your bed.

How to Eliminate Dust Mites from Home

Quality Air filtration, controlling humidity levels and mold elimination will all help with dealing with mold related problems.

  • Use a Hepa Air Purifier to filter out all those dust mites which can get into the air and cause serious health issues if inhaled. 
  • Use a Dehumidifier to lower your humidity level in your home to below 50% because mites will breed & multiply at levels above 50%. Normal humidity levels are between 30% to 50%.
  • Want to clean your Mattress try using a Vapor Steam Cleaner because it can kill mites with hot dry steam & no chemicals.


There is a solution to the problem and it begins with making sure that you wash your bed linens in hot water every week. And experts suggest that you have your mattress deep-cleaned every six to twelve months to thwart those unwelcome dust mites. Dragging your mattress outside on the next warm, sunny day for a sun bath is also not going to do the trick.



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