This Is What Lives On Your Bed

Currently on your bed lies a population of 10 million dust mites. They feed on nothing but your hair and dead skin cells that you shed every night. But they are harmless as they don’t bite us, but they do however cause a big concern for allergies and a major cause for asthma especially in vulnerable individuals such as children and the elderly.  American Lung Association said “Dust mites are not parasites; they don’t bite, sting, or burrow into our bodies. The harmful allergen they create comes from their fecal pellets and body fragments. Dust mites are nearly everywhere, roughly four out of five homes in the United States have detectable levels of dust mite allergen in at least one bed.”

There are 47 different species of dust mites. The most common species is the Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus which lives in places warm and humid such as in your bed, carpeting and furniture. They are so small that hundreds of them can be found in only a gram of dust.


A female mite lays 100 eggs in her lifetime. With hundreds of females laying hundreds of eggs almost every day. Studies show that ten percent of the weight of a  two-year-old pillow can be composed of dead Dust Mites and their droppings. An average mite excretes 20 fecal pellets in a single day and the allergic reaction in humans doesn’t come from the mite itself, but its fecal matter as the mite uses digestive enzymes called proteases which causes it. The mattress contains an entire habitat of 10 million Dust Mites. Other than eating dead tissue cells, there’s nothing they love more than heat and humidity.


Dust mites thrive in high temperatures and humidity, so keep your temperatures low to lower the risks of allergies.

Dust Mite’s gold spot is where there is a temperature above 70 F (21 C) and 50{6b324edeae7c2736577d8f42103a940304599a9e2d85fe35a4a1d916b377a8b2} or greater humidity. If you want to reduce their numbers, keep your thermostat below 70 degrees. These mites are not only found in dirty homes but also multiply in the cleanest of houses. If you are especially careful, there are ways you can kill the majority of them. Do note Cleaning does not entirely remove the dust mites but certainly does reduce their numbers. Don’t lose hope of cleaning your home because a dirtier house contains more dust than a clean house.

Allergies from Dust Mites trigger the following symptoms:


1. Asthma

2. Facial Pressure

3. Nasal Congestion

4. Postnasal Drip

5. Red, itchy and watery eyes

6. Eczema in infants

7. Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes

8. Frequently waking up from sleep

9. The roof of the mouth feels itchy

10. Throat or nose itchiness (a child will frequently rub his nose upwards)

11. Sneezing

12. Cough

13. Hay Fever


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