Dust is gross, but did you know it can be bad for your indoor air quality, too? From where dust mites live and the health risks that come with them to how to reduce these annoying little pests, read on for some key things to know about dust and dust mites.
You may be a little freaked to find out you’re sharing your personal space with some unwanted critters. Lingering in and around your home are thousands of dust mites—microscopic, insect-like pests that live in household dust. These tiny bugs mostly feed on the dead skin and dander of people and pets.* Dust mites especially thrive in humid environments and love to cozy up in household furniture, carpets, curtains and bedding.** The average used mattress may have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites in it.***
Dust and dust mites are not only pretty icky, but they can also mean bad news for the air quality in your home, especially since they can put allergens in the air. And unfortunately, with the U.S. population spending, on average, about 90 percent of its time indoors, you’re probably spending more time around dust mites than you’d like.***
Though you won’t be able to completely eradicate dust and dust mites from your home, there are ways beyond just vacuuming that can help significantly minimize their presence.****