Dust Mite Facts

Astonishingly 90% of all house dust is made up of our skin as we shed a layer of skin on average every three days. It’s the protein in these tiny particles of dead skin that we are constantly shedding which the dust mites feed on. As they only measure 0.3mm they settle anywhere in our warm humid climates especially in our carpets, upholstered furniture & mattresses. In fact, an average house can contain over 2 million dust mites with a new generation arriving every 3 weeks.

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Each mite lives for 3 to 4 months, each female lays 20 to 50 eggs every three weeks. Each mite produces around 20 droppings per day, (that’s nearly 200 times their own bodyweight). There are so many droppings in our homes that any soft furnishing of two years old, that has not been professional cleaned, will weigh 10% heavier than when new. It is the digestive enzymes contained within the mite excitement that triggers most respiratory allergies such as Asthma, and is the single biggest cause of eczema and all year round rhinitis, the sneezing and runny nose associated with allergies.

Once airborne, Mite faecal pellets remain aloft for an extended period of time (10 minutes or more) and are easily inhaled. With 28% of the population suffering from respiratory allergies, Dust Mites are one of the main reasons that indoor air is more allergenic than outdoor air. However there is proof that childhood Asthma is on the increase in the UK with one in three children being affected by exposure to Dust Mite droppings in their early infancy.

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