One day, my son Peter came home from his school and told us that he was studying about something called “dust mites” in school.
“What are those?” I asked.
“I think we have them,” he said. “They’re these little bugs you can’t see that live in the beds, in the pillows, even in the rugs. They poop all over everything and they might be making us sick!”
I didn’t believe it. My house was so clean you could eat off the floor.
“They eat the skin that flakes off our body while we sleep.” said Peter.
Then he showed me this YouTube video on his phone. He showed a video of a microscopic view of a pillowcase, and it was FULL of thousands of dust mites.
I freaked out!! Then I started thinking about it, and I realized that if our house had dust mites too, that might be the reason we had all these allergic reactions, pimples, sneezing, and other problems.
Of course, it was hard getting my head around a problem I couldn’t see with the naked eye, but it all made sense.
Here’s What I Found Out About Dust Mites
I went online and started looking up everything I could find about dust mites.
Scientists have found that allergy symptoms from dust mites (every bed might have two million of them!) can impair sleep significantly and make you sick.
Sleep problems can cause fatigue and daytime sleepiness, as well as decreased productivity at work or school, and further lead to impaired learning and memory, depression, and ultimately reduce your quality of life.
The Symptoms To Look For Are:
Blocked or Runny Nose
Itching and Watering Eyes
Shortness of Breath
Coughing and Wheezing
I just got sick thinking about dust mites living in my pillow by the millions, eating our dead skin and hair.
They are a major cause of asthma and allergies; especially in vulnerable individuals, such as children and the elderly.
The American Lung Associations tells us “Dust mites are not parasites; they don’t bite, sting or burrow into our bodies. The harmful allergen they create comes from their fecal pellets and body fragments.
Dust mites are nearly everywhere; roughly four out of five homes in the United States have detectable levels of dust mite allergen in at least one bed.”
Every night, I bury my face in a pillow full of their feces? And you may feel better knowing, according to WebMD, that “Dust mites like to eat dead skin from pets and humans. You probably shed enough skin a day to feed a million dust mites.”
Beds are a prime habitat for dust mites. A typical mattress may have up to 10 million mites inside. (Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings.)
Mites prefer warm, moist surroundings such as the inside of a mattress when someone is on it. A favorite food is both human and animal skin flakes. Humans shed about 1/5 ounce of dead skin each week. About 80 percent of the material seen floating in a sunbeam is actually skin flakes.
Also, bedroom carpeting and household upholstery are teeming with dust mites.
And that means every house is filled with dry, toxic dust mite poop!!