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Are You Sleeping with an Army of Dust Mites?
Posted by Craig on Thursday, May 03, 2007
Dust MiteThe Handyman Glenn Haege writes in The Detroit News that a 1,500 square foot home generates 40 pounds of dust in a year, and bigger homes generate even more dust.

Haege highlights several interesting facts about dust mites:

  • Each of us sheds about one-fifth of an ounce of dead skin a week.

  • Human and pet skin flakes are the prime food of dust mites.

  • Ten percent of the weight of the average 2-year-old pillow is dead dust mites and their droppings.

  • Dust mites and their droppings are not harmless. According to an article at NewScientist.com by John Pickrell, their fecal matter contains enzymes that break down human skin.

  • Every time you move or the furnace goes on, dust mites and broken bits of their bodies and their droppings are whooshed into the air. You breathe them into your lungs and eat them day and night.

  • Our indoor atmosphere is often two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

  • Humidity control, air exchange, filtration and cleaning are primary defenses against indoor air pollution.
When it comes to your mattress and pillows, there's no better protection against dust mites than Allergy Armor allergy relief bedding.

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