Nearly every home is host to a hidden danger that may be causing you, your friends or your family to experience an allergic reaction. If you or anyone who spends time in your home suffers from mysterious ailments, the cause of the problem may not be so mysterious. Like many allergens, they cannot be seen with the naked eye, but they are in your home with you, crawling on your bed and through your carpet. They may be stuck to your clothes or directly on your skin, because skin makes up the bulk of their diet. They are known by many names, but most commonly, they are referred to as dust mites.
About Dust Mites
The house dust mite flourishes in many homes, especially ones that are not thoroughly cleaned. They are thought to be a leading cause of asthma and other allergy symptoms. These pests are not insects but arachnids and are closely related to the spider. However, unlike spiders, they do not eat living creatures. Instead, they eat a combination of dead skin and other small food particles. Their common name came about due to the fact that house dust is primarily composed of dead skin, which is shed by people and pets at an extraordinary rate, so they gather in dusty places to feed.
Dust mites do not bite living people or animals, and they pose no particular danger to those who are not sensitive to the allergens they produce. People who are sensitive to dust mites are not allergic to dust mites themselves, but they are allergic to their feces and their discarded exoskeletons. Allergic symptoms can take many forms, but the most common include runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, trouble breathing, watery eyes and skin irritation.
Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments. They live best at temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity between 70 and 80 percent. In this environment, females can lay eggs every three to four weeks, which is about the same length of time it takes for dust mite larvae to mature. This allows the population to grow tremendously large in a very short time. Mature dust mites are a creamy blue color when viewed under a microscope, and they can live for nearly three months.
If you are experiencing allergy symptoms from an apparently unknown cause, dust mites may be the culprit. Fortunately, because dust mites are such a widespread problem, a lot of attention has been placed on how to get rid of them. Several methods have proven effective, so far. Using a combination of these methods is a sure way to rid your home of dust mites, but you must also be vigilant and keep up with the treatments or a reinfestation can quickly occur.