Everything you need to know about dust mites, including myths, facts, prevention, removal, and futureproofing. When you slip into bed at night, the last thing you want to think about is what strange animals could be hiding underneath the surface of your mattress. If you’re like most people, this is probably not something you think about routinely before going to bed. However, if you were aware of the dangers dust mites pose to your health, you may take their removal and prevention more seriously. When is the time to buy a new mattress?
We can clear all you need to know, from how to identify a dust mite infestation to how to eliminate dust mites from your best mattress and avoid future infestations so you can sleep well.
Dust Mites: What Are They?
To be clear, dust mites are not the same as bed bugs. There are a few quick facts regarding dust mites that you should know to clear any misconceptions or myths you may have heard:
- Dust mites are the most prevalent allergen in the home.
- Dust mites are not evil.
- Dust mites are invisible and imperceptible.
- Dust mites like to live in your mattress and bedding because they feed on the human skin cells we shed.
- Dust mites are minute arthropods belonging to the Arachnida order, which includes spiders and scorpions. They, like their larger cousins, have a globe-shaped body and eight legs.
However, you will not notice the little bugs unless you are equipped with 10x magnification gear and know what to search for. Their small, transparent bodies are barely 420 microns in diameter, making them nearly invisible to human sight. As a result, they are notoriously difficult to identify and eliminate.
Where Do Dust Mites live Their Home?
Dust mites may be found throughout your home, but they are more likely to congregate in your bedroom, which is dark, wet, and ideal for their feeding. Between your mattress, pillow, sheets, and blankets, dust mites feast on dead human hair and skin cells. Each day, humans shed between 0.5 and 1.5 grammes of skin. This makes an ideal environment for dust-mite colonies to grow in our houses. Perspiration-induced humidity makes your mattress or sofa an ideal setting for dust mites to infest and grow, which is unpleasant if you suffer from allergies. Mites may also thrive in carpets, drapes, cushions, table coverings, and other upholstered furniture.
Are Dust Mites a Health Risk?
Perhaps you are a critter-loving person who is unconcerned about the occasional ant or spider. We understand — we are all simply creatures attempting to live. However, dust mites are potentially dangerous to your health, and you should never encourage them into your home openly. Have you ever awoken with a stuffy nose or a dry cough that makes your throat? While you may dismiss this as “that morning sensation,” it is a warning that common allergens, dust mites, are aggravating your allergies. Dust mites do not bite you or carry diseases, but their presence in your home, or even worse, the bed where you sleep each night, can cause severe allergies.