Your Dust Mites Questions Answered

With the presence of dust comes dust mites. They’re in all our homes and the Malaysian humidity is perfect for their growth but what do you know about them? Below are 14 must-know facts about dust mites. 

1. What are dust mites?

Dust mites are tiny organisms that feed on dead skin cells, pet furs and dust particles.

2. Are dust mites visible to the naked eye?

Dust mites are much smaller than a grain of sand. Measuring at 0.2-0.3 mm in size, they require a microscope to be seen.

3. Can dust mites fly?

Dust mites are like spiders; they have 8 feet and no wings, so they don’t have the ability to fly.

4. How many dust mites are living on a mattress?

On average, there around one hundred thousand to one million dust mites on a mattress. The population ranges higher in older mattresses and mattresses that have not been cleaned in a period of time.

5. Do dust mites bite?

No, they do not. If you think you’ve been bitten when you’re on a dusty surface, it is likely that you’ve been bitten by bed bugs.

6. What is the difference between dust mites and bed bugs?

The difference between these two are their food. Dust mites feed on dead skin cells, animal fur and dusty items while bed bugs feed on blood.

7. What to do when you’re allergic to dust mites?

To find out whether you’re allergic to dust mites, you need to undergo a clinical exam.

If you are, you need to practice regular cleaning at your home, using vacuums and the right cleaning techniques. You can also use hypoallergenic pillows and use bed sheets when you sleep.

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8. Can dust mites cause itchiness?

Yes, they can. Enzymes released by dust mites can cause itchy skin to animals and humans. Additionally, dust mites can cause rashes if you’re allergic.

9. Do dust mites live in our hair?

No, they don’t. If your hair is itchy, it’s likely you have fleas and should get the proper treatment.

10. Are dust mites dangerous?

Dust mites are a cause of danger for those with asthma and who have allergies.

11. What is the effect of dust mites?

Dust mites can cause runny nose, eye irritation, chest congestion, breathing difficulty, sneezing, coughing and skin itchiness.

12. Can dust mites cause asthma?

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, long exposures to dust mites can cause asthma.

13. Can dust mites cause eczema?

Yes, dust mites trigger eczema. Other skin diseases like atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis are closely related to dust mites.

14. Where are dust mites usually found?

According to Orkin, dust mites’ live in and around dust particles found in especially dark areas that are rarely cleaned. Their habitat is typically found in carpets, curtains, beds, closets and many more.

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