What Are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are tiny bugs that are invisible to the human eye. They thrive in warm, humid environments and feed off skin cells people regularly shed. This makes places where people curl up for extended periods of time like your mattress, bedding, furniture and upholstery the ideal place for dust mites to hide because there's an unlimited food supply. It is estimated that up to 10 million dust mites can live in a single mattress.
Dust Mite Allergies
Dust mites and their waste are the leading causes for allergy and asthma symptoms, affecting 20 million people in the United States according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy throat and eyes, cough, and lack of sleep.
How to Prevent Dust Mites
Regularly sanitizing your home can limit your exposure to dust mites to help prevent allergy symptoms caused by these tiny bugs. There are a few ways to prevent household dust mites including frequently washing and sanitizing bedding.