Dust is the number one cause of year-round allergies-it is
present everywhere people live.
go to dust sooner than we think. Dust mites, tiny tick-like creatures
barely visible to the naked eye, feed on particles of dried skin, pet
dander, food particles, insect parts, pollen, mold spores and bits of
various other substances that surround us. Because dust mites prefer a
humid environment, humid houses tend to have more dust allergen present.
Most dust allergy sufferers are allergic to the microscopic waste
products the mites produce.
Often, more dust mites live in the bedroom than any other room
in the house. Mites also favor basements and first-floor
There are 13 species of mites in household dust. Studies have
shown that several species of dust mites can live in the same
house. Numbers of mite species vary according to the conditions
in each room.
Dust mites favor shag carpeting because it traps food particles
and is difficult to vacuum.
Summer and fall are the best seasons for dust mites.
The life span of most dust mites is about one month. One mite
can lay up to 100 eggs in that time.
Tips for living with dust