Did you know that your mattress might be crawling with tiny creatures called dust mites? Yes, a dust mite is a living creature and a member of the arachnid family. Other members of the arachnid family are spiders, ticks, and scorpions. Here are some other factoids that you may find interesting about dust mites.
Yes, those tiny creatures, smaller than a single grain of sand, crawl around in your mattress and pillow eating the dead skin cells that sluff off of you while you sleep. Since much of the dust in your home is also made up of these dead skin cells, it shouldn’t be a surprise that these creatures are called dust mites.
Dust mites reproduce very quickly. Females lay approximately 25 to 30 eggs each week. While an individual dust mite lives just less than 3 months, this rate of egg laying can increase the total numbers of dust mites dramatically in a single month’s time. In fact, over the average lifespan of a single mattress, there could be millions of dust mites hiding within its folds, living the good life on your dead skin cells.
If you were to weigh your mattress the day you bought it and weigh it again 10 years later, you’d be surprised at the increase in weight from dust mites! In fact, it is estimated that the mattress would double in weight by 10 years’ time from a dust mite infestation. Your pillow, too, gains weight each year from a healthy, growing population of dust mites.
Dust mites love hot, humid weather. In fact, they cannot survive if the humidity level falls below 50%. Populations of dust mites peak during the hottest, most humid weather.
The real reason these tiny bugs are pests is the prevalence of allergies to their feces. They do not bite you while you sleep, and they do not pose a risk of spreading disease, facts that should be comforting. But of those who are allergic to dust mites, the majority of these allergies are to the actual feces. Additionally, this fecal matter left behind by the multitudes of dust mites feeds any fungus that might be growing in your mattress.
Do you wake up congested? You might be allergic to dust mites if you have some of these symptoms:
These symptoms might be worse in the morning after lying in bed all night. You may experience an increase in allergy symptoms during the warmer, more humid times of year, or you may have symptoms year round.
You can wrap your mattress in an allergy cover to protect yourself from the dust mites and their feces as one way of relieving your allergy symptoms, but this does not prevent the actual dust mite infestation. A latex foam mattress, on the other hand, is a great way to maintain a healthy sleeping environment free of these invasive creatures.
These mattresses are made out of materials that dust mites cannot live in. Additionally, they help to inhibit or prevent the growth of mold and fungus. So the next time you are in the market for a new mattress, consider latex foam mattresses in Minneapolis, MN.
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