Dust Mite Allergies

What are Dust Mites?

Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic organisms found in 90% of all homes. They are eight-legged arthropods that feed on dead flakes of skin and dander from both humans and pets. Typically, dust mites stay alive anywhere between 10 and 70 days. Although they may have a short life span, what they leave behind is dangerous to our health.

The Dirt on Dust Mites

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, on average, an individual can shed a maximum of 1.5 grams of dead skin cells in just one day. Get ready to cringe because all of that dead skin we shed throughout the day feeds approximately one million of these tiny creatures!

Although there can be anywhere from 100 thousand to 10 million of these pesky critters in one area alone, signs of dust mites are hard to discern at first, due to their microscopic size. However, if you have dusty surfaces within your home, chances are you’ll find those unwanted dust mites there.

Additionally, if you notice that your skin is frequently itchy, red, and irritated--without any indication of an insect bite--this, as well, could be a sign of a dust mite infestation. Always be on the lookout for any heightened allergy symptoms or an increase in the intensity of asthma, for these as well, are sure signs of dust mites. Since dust mites are impossible to see without the assistance of a microscope or a high-quality magnifying glass, we are sometimes left to rely on the reactions our senses have to the environment around us.  

Where You'll Find Dust MitesWhere to find Dust Mites

Once your skin sheds, the flakes usually become embedded in fabrics such as carpet, bedding, plush toys, furniture, etc. and provide dust mites not only with a source of food but an area to congregate and multiply.

Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergies

Did you know that approximately 20 million Americans are allergic to dust mites?

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not actually dust mites that cause a variety of dust allergy symptoms, but the waste that they produce that affects us the most. Just one dust mite alone can produce roughly 20 fecal pellets a day; gross! What makes their waste hazardous to humans is a specific protein--Der f1 and Der f2--which helps to break down skin cells and sparks allergic reactions in many people. Oftentimes, these allergic reactions tend to occur in the bedroom. Believe it or not, 47% of all bedding in the United States contains high levels of dust mite proteins that trigger allergic reactions. Nevertheless, even when they die, their bodies still have the ability to trigger unwanted dust allergy symptoms.

Common symptoms of dust mites include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Red, itchy or watery eyes
  • Itchy or stuffy nose
  • Itchy mouth or throat
  • Postnasal drip
  • Sinus pressure
  • Wheezing

If you suffer from asthma and are experiencing any of the above symptoms as well as

difficulty breathing, pain or tightness in your chest, difficulty sleeping due to excessive coughing, or shortness of breath, then you may have a dust might problem within your home.

How to Kill Dust Mites and Be Allergy Free

Airbiotics

Airbiotics works at the microscopic level, which is perfect for targeting and eliminating dust mites. Our StaBiotic Mist is an all natural air freshener comprised of organic probiotics, breaks down bad bacteria that pollute indoor air and triggers allergy symptoms.

With Our All Natural All Purpose Cleaner, you can replace all your harsh, chemical laden household cleaning products and feel safe with an effective cleaning solution.

Our blend of organic probiotics starts by disintegrating the biofilm which can be described as the food source for bacteria like dust mites. In broader terms, the biofilm is a very thin and slimy coating of bacteria that clings to surfaces. In turn, dead dust mites, skin cells, and pet dander adhere to the biofilm and act as a food source for dust mites and other bacteria to feed off of and thrive from. By eliminating their food source with probiotic bacteria, the bad bacteria can no longer survive. Once indoor allergens are removed and replaced with a layer of probiotics, dust mites don’t stand a chance.

Places like furniture and bedding can be hard to clean, but those are areas in which dust mites burrow themselves the most! This is why Airbiotics is so easy and convenient to use in your house. Just spray it on areas like curtains, closets, bed sheets, pillows, pet beds, trash cans, and gym bags and it will immediately go to work and eradicate the allergens and bacteria that are gathered there.

Are you ready to breathe easy again? Experience a whole new indoor environment with Airbiotics.