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Understanding Why Dust Mite Covers are Important

Updated on June 22, 2011
Dust mite Covers
Dust mite Covers

Not many people know the exact reason as to why dust mite covers are important. People who have allergies and suffer terribly as a result of dust mites know full well why they are important. This applies especially to people who are asthmatic.

Dust mites are found to be present in homes all around the world and they present a huge problem for people who suffer from asthma and allergies. A clean house does not mean there are no mites. That is just a myth.

This may be one of the largest reasons why people suffer from asthma and allergies. In America alone there are some twenty million people who are allergic to dust mites. These irritants are found everywhere in the world apart from Antarctica. It is impossible to remove them entirely from the home, however there are ways to decrease the effect they have on allergy sufferers.

What is a dust mite? One is unable to see them with the human eye. This is because they are about one-third of a millimeter in size. When looked at through a microscope they seem to be bugs that are whitish in color. They are arthropods similar to spiders. The reason for this is that they have eight legs and not six legs like insects have.

Dust mites are not pretty. They have no eyes and no respiratory system. Their lives revolve around eliminating waste products, reproducing and eating. In other words, they offer absolutely no value to humanity. There are many stages in the life cycle of these vermin from the egg to adulthood. Females lay as many as one hundred eggs during their lifetimes. From egg to adulthood takes anything from two to five weeks. The lifespan of an adult is as little as two months and as much as four months.

These pests like temperatures of about 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer humidity of about seventy to eighty percent. Furthermore, there are roughly thirteen different species of these. The average human sheds around one and half grams of skin daily. A dust mite lives on the small flakes of skin that is shed each day by humans. Carpets, furniture, stuffed toys and bedding is where the mite will find these flakes of skin. One million dust mites can be fed on this amount of skin.

Dust found in the home is not a single substance, but rather a combination of many substances. It is particles from bacteria, food, pets, plants, insects, fabric and so on. It is also fungus, mold, mites and their waste products.

The waste products are what cause the allergies, not the dust. The waste product has a protein-like substance that provokes allergies in human beings. One dust mite can produce as much as two hundred times its own body weight in waste product.

It has been revealed that dust mites are mostly found in the bedroom. This means the bedroom should be the first port of call to get rid of them. Vacuuming alone will not get rid of the problem. The reality is that this will only get rid of five percent of the problem at best and in some cases make matters worse if your vacuum cleaner leaks. Mites are so deeply embedded in the mattress, carpet, clothing, stuffed toys and curtains they are hard to get to.

Covering pillows and mattresses with dust mite covers is the most effective way to decrease the presence of these pests. A good quality dust mite cover will eliminate 98% of the allergens from dust mites and make a big difference in the way you sleep. A covered mattress will also stay cleaner and fresher.

Don't you think you deserve a good nights rest?


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      jh19 6 years ago

      Hi, We do some work with a company that may have a solution that helps people in this situation. About a third of our lives are spent in bed and beds are a haven for dust mites because of the warm and humid environment that allows them to dine on human skin flakes. Dust mite excreta are loaded with allergens that cause the negative allergy symptoms. The Asthma Society of Canada and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America have approved many products as being “certified asthma and allergy friendly”. This includes SmartSilk bedding products. They have been proven to kill dust mites by removing the heat and moisture dust mites need to survive. The product really helped my daughter. Check out the SmartSilk website.