Dust mite – something you need to know

Dust mite – something you need to know

Dust Mites are super tiny creatures. They live in human habitation. Since they are very small (0.008–0.012 in), we cannot see them directly. With the help of a microscope, you can see these tiny bugs. They have legs and are relative of spiders.

A Dust Mite under the microscope
A Dust Mite under the microscope

According to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America , there are about 20 million Americans have dust mite allergy

Dust mites can be found almost everywhere. They live happily inside your home. They can be found in bedding, carpets, mattresses, soft furnishings and clothing. They can even life off human skin scales. In fact, they eat flakes of skin and hair. They are all around our living environment.

The average life cycle of a dust mite is 2-4 months, and a female mite can produce 60-100 eggs. As we spend 1/3 of time on our beds (a child even spends 1/2 of time!), we live ‘closely’ with the dust mites everyday.

How can I know there are tons of Dust Mites on my bed?

You may wonder if we cannot see them, how can I know they are all around? Unless you are living in the Antarctica or International Space Station, I am sure there will be a certain amount of dust mites. If you really want some ‘evidences’, you can buy a Test Kit and test. You will see your house is not that clean as you think.

Another evidence that can prove the existence of dust mite is when some family members get allergic reaction, especially in the early morning. Please check out here to know more what is dust mite allergy and any allergic reaction they can cause.

 

Ref:

  1. House Dust Mite – Wikipedia
  2. Dust Mite Allergy – Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America