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House dust mites have received much attention recently. Although nearly impossible to see, the house dust mite is a live-in guest that won’t go away primarily because their food source is unlimited.

House dust mites feed on dander or dead skin from humans and animals. They may also feed on protein based foodstuffs, preferring dried products over products with moisture. Females lay up to 80 eggs. Populations can explode during humid months as mites are excellent at absorbing moisture from the air.

The most common area for finding mites is in the bed due to abundance of dander. House dust mites may also be found in living areas especially carpet, furniture, and clothing. Several home test kits are available to test for dust mites.

People may be allergic to house dust mite cast skins and droppings. These reactions will not be a rash type of reaction but rather a respiratory constriction, a common symptom of asthma. Itchy, watery eyes may also be symptoms. Approximately 50-80% of asthmatics may have symptoms due to house dust mites.

If you’re concerned dust mites in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.