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House dust mites are arachnids, not insects. Related to spiders, dust mites are microscopic, eight-legged creatures that are 0.3mm in length and invisible to the human eye. They are found in virtually all homes, no matter how clean. They live on the dust that accumulates in carpet, fabrics, furniture and bedding.
The house dust mite survives by eating our dead skin cells, which make up to 80 percent of house dust. They also live off water vapor, which we provide for them by perspiring and breathing approximately on pint per person per night. So mites are even found in climates with very low humidity. A dust mite will produce 20 fecal pellets per day – that is 200 times its own body weight in feces during its short lifetime. If dust mite pellets were the size of golf balls, the average queen-size bed would have a pile of pellets 70 feet high.
During the night, most people toss and turn up to 60 or 70 times. This expels mite fecal pellets from the bedding and pillows into the air. These allergens can stay in the air for up to 2 hours. Once airborne, dried dust mite droppings are inhaled, causing allergic reactions in asthmatics. These allergens can cause wheezing, coughs, itchy eyes, sniffles and in more serious cases, asthma, eczema, and allergic rhinitis.
The eradication of the dust mite should not be your objective, because total eradication is impossible. Eradication would require such high levels of pesticides that it would be harmful to humans. Additionally, we always carry some mites on our hair or eyebrows that would be re-introduced to our bedding starting the cycle again.
The types of pollen that most commonly cause allergic reactions are produced by the plain-looking plants (trees, grasses, and weeds) that do not have showy flowers. These plants make small, light, dry pollen grains that are custom-made for wind transport.
After an animal sheds dander, the material not only collects on its skin, forcing an exposure every time you touch the animal, but it also spreads around your home as the animal moves about. Dander stays around for a long time and can easily stick to walls, furniture & carpet. Dander also gets into the air when you groom your pet.