Dust Mites Are Harmful To Your Health
An average Twin Mattress houses over 2 MILLION Dust Mites that produce a staggering 40 MILLION fecal waste droppings EVERY DAY. Read below to find out why that is such a danger to your health and how Idaho Mite Busters is the answer to protecting you and your family…
Mattress Cleaning is an Over Looked Service That Everyone Needs
Mattress cleaning and allergen removal really started in Europe about 15 years ago. It is a big business there, with approximately 4,500 companies now offering the service and is now becoming more popular in America as people become aware of the dangers in their home.
The Environmental Protection Agency has rated Indoor Air Pollution as the #1 Health Hazard in America and according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, “50 percent of all illnesses are caused by or aggravated by polluted indoor air. ” The #1 culprit in all these statistics is the house dust mite. Dust mites are microscopic, eight-legged arachnids (in the spider family). They are invisible to the human eye, and so small they can crawl through the weave of bedding fabrics.
What are Dust Mites
Dust mites are microscopic animals related to other mites, and ticks, in the class Arachnida, which also includes spiders, scorpions, and similar eight-legged creatures. They are classified as Dermatophagoides which translates to “skin-eater”.
They occur where human beings live, and where the humidity is optimal for their life cycle and the bed is their perfect home for that reason. Dust mites are known for causing allergies in millions of Americans and have been labeled the “#1 transmitter of human disease” by the New American Encyclopedia.
Where Dust Mites Are Found
60% percent of mites in the home are found in the mattress and your mattress can double in weight in 10 years from dust mites and their droppings. Dust mites can also survive in pillows (10-20% of the weight of a pillow older than 1 year is due to dust mites and their droppings!), furniture, rugs and carpeting. The place where your pet sleeps is also a hot spot. Fido and Fluffy shed skin cells (dander), too.
What Dust Mites Eat
House dust mites feed and grow almost exclusively on the dead, shed skin cells that we humans shed daily. We shed about 1 MILLION skins cells every hour and that makes up a large portion of the dust we see floating inside our home. This will feed millions of dust mites.
Size and Numbers
One of the barriers to the identification of house dust mites is their literal invisibility. Even the adult mites cannot be detected with the naked eye. They measure a mere 1/100th of an inch. The larvae and nymphs and their fecal droppings are even smaller. It takes a powerful microscope to see them. Dust mites spread rapidly. A female dust mite lays 300 eggs.
The number of dust mites in the typical mattress can range from 500,000 to 10 MILLION individual mites which each produce 20 fecal droppings DAILY. Do the math…not a pretty picture. Think about the fact that we spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed… don’t you think that should be the healthiest environment in our lives for that reason…well without proper cleaning it is just about the unhealthiest spot we can be!
How Dust Mites Effect Our Health
The real problem is the protein found in the fecal matter of the dust mites. The fecal matter is lighter than air and becomes airborne when disturbed by activity like fluffing pillows and tossing and turning during the night. The airborne particles are inhaled; and the protein breaks down the protective mucous lining of the eyes, nose, lungs and skin. The allergens enter the body and cause an overreaction of the human immune system. According to a study published by The National Institute of Environmental Health, “46 percent of North American homes have bedding with enough dust mite allergens to cause allergies”.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), dust mites are the #2 cause of allergy problems (topped only by Pollen). However the mites irate even those without allergies and cause issues such as; Asthma, Eczema (and other skin irritations), Hay Fever, Bronchitis, Inflammation of the Mucous Membranes, Itchy Red Eyes, Headaches, Sinus Pain, Fatigue, early morning fits of excessive sneezing, even a feeling of depression when you wake up. If you ever experience any of these issues you may well be sleeping with the enemy.