Dust mites are invisible pests that cause many allergy-related symptoms and that feast on the dust in your home. While they do not bite or live under the skin, dust mites cause itching and can contribute to asthma, eczema, hay fever, and a rash. Shop our selection of dust mite products for fast relief.
Dust mite allergies can cause sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, respiratory issues, eczema, and most severely, asthma. While you won’t find dust mite bites on your family members, exposure to dust mites in the first year of life can cause a lifelong allergy to this pest, so learning how to kill dust mites is important for your family’s health. A multi-step approach to dust mites treatment is the best course of action to rid your home and prevent dust mite accumulation.
It is hard to identify dust mites (dermatolphagoides pternonyssinus) because of their extremely small size. They are only about 250 to 300 microns long with translucent bodies. When seen through at least 10 times magnification, they have simple striations across the top and bottoms of their bodies. They have long hairs on the margins of their bodies with short hairs covering the rest of the body. They are oval shaped with eight legs; they have no eyes and a mouthpart group that resembles a head. Often times, if dust mites are suspected in the home, they most likely exist there.
A dust mite’s life cycle is very short. Female dust mites lay about 40 to 80 eggs. The larvae go through two nymph stages before they reach adulthood that lasts from one to three months. However, the sheer numbers of dust mites make this short lifespan irrelevant to the control of these pests.
Since dust mites feed heavily on dander (human and animal skin flakes), and humans lose about 1/5 ounce of skin every week and the bedroom is where we spend most of the week the bed is a dust mite’s favorite place. They thrive in 50 percent or higher relative humidity and love warm, moist areas (like in a warm mattress when someone is sleeping). Also, anywhere pets sleep or spend lots of time or in areas of dust accumulation (like under furniture) is a good bet for dust mite habitation.
No, Dust Mites do not bite. The itching sensation you can get from Dust Mites is from their feces and cast skins on your body. They do not bite humans, however.
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