Do you or someone you love suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory ailments? Meet one of the enemies!
-ONE TENTH OF THE WEIGHT OF YOUR TWO YEAR OLD PILLOW IS DUST
-7000 CAN FIT ON YOUR FINGERNAIL!
Indoor air pollution is ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health and is related to 50% of all illnesses. Protein related allergens (mold, fungi, dust mites, cockroach, dog dander, and cat saliva) are the key group of indoor pollutants that act as triggers for asthma and other respiratory ailments.
House dust mites are microscopic, eight-legged creatures that are 0.3mm in length and invisible to the naked eye. Dust mites are found in all homes, no matter how clean. They live on dust that accumulates in carpets, fabrics, furniture, and bedding. The primary source of dust mite exposure in the home is in the bedroom, which provides the best conditions of warmth, humidity, and food for their growth. The average bedroom can be infested with millions of microscopic dust mites. We spend around one-third of our lives in the bedroom so we are in close and prolonged contact with dust mites. The house dust mite survives by eating our dead skin cells, which make up to 80% of house dust. They also live off water vapor, which we provide for them by perspiring and breathing approximately one 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 feces pellets into the air from bedding and pillows. These allergens can stay in the air for up to two hours. Once airborne, dried dust mite droppings are inhaled into our airways causing allergic reactions in asthmatics. These allergens can cause wheezing, coughs, itchy eyes, sniffles, and in more serious cases, asthma, eczema, and allergic rhinitis. ChildrenÆs under-developed immune systems place them at higher risk. The eradication of the dust mite is impossible since it 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; therefore, starting the cycle again. In order to reduce the number of dust mites, carpeting must be cleaned once a year with the hot water extraction method and air ducts must be cleaned every 3-5 years while fogging them with an anti-microbial twice a year.
I.C.S. May 2001