Dust mites are disgusting, potentially harmful, and are probably packed by the thousands into your mattress and pillows. If that fact doesn’t gross you out, maybe these will:
5. 1 ounce of dust can contain up to 14,000 dust mites.
Dust mites are tiny, requiring at least 10x normal magnification to be identified properly. They like to hide in clusters of hundreds or thousands, adults and juveniles alike, where they can feed, digest, and breed in peace. This means that the dust that accumulates year-round in your bedroom could be housing tens of thousands of dust mites. For example, a dusty square yard of carpet could be home to up to 100,000 mites.
4. A typical dust mite defecates about 20 times per day.
If you think you spend too much time in the bathroom, think again. When dust mites aren’t eating or sleeping, they’re probably pooping. Each fecal pellet, about the size of pollen dust, contains chemicals that can trigger an allergic reaction. With each mite producing up to 300 milligrams of feces during their short lifetime, the stuff can be tough to avoid when you suffer from dust mite allergies.
3. A used mattress can have up to 10 million mites.
Each dust mite is usually less than a third of a millimeter thick, and can squeeze through all but the tightest fabric weaves. Mattresses are a perfect breeding ground for dust mites: there is plenty of dead skin flakes to eat, and plenty of hiding places to sleep and mate in. Since a single female can lay up to 100 eggs in her lifetime, the population can grow rapidly and without any signs from the surface.
2. Up to 10% of a pillow’s weight can be made up of dead mites and droppings.
Considering that a pillow usually contains more fungal spores and bacteria than the average toothbrush, it should be little surprise that they are typically packed with dust mites as well. With all of the flakes falling off of your scalp every night, it’s like sleeping next door to a free buffet.
1. They can live in any climate you can.
If you can live comfortably in your home, so can dust mites. Dust mites are a cosmopolitan species, meaning they are found on most dry land in the world. While the population will decline in high altitudes and other super dry climates, there is no escaping these little buggers completely.
If you’re as grossed out by reading this article as I was while writing it, act now to protect yourself. Our mattress, box spring, and pillow covers are all designed to protect you from dust mites and their feces. This protection is a must for anyone suffering from asthma or allergies, or who just want to enjoy a healthier and cleaner sleep environment.