We’ve all been there: that heart-stopping moment when you see a spider crawling on your wall, or on the windowsill, or *gasp!* across your bed. Got the heebie-jeebies yet? By habit or instinct or whatever other reason, spiders are the insect we fear on sight. The rare spider sighting may give you a fright, but believe it or not, there are insects that should scare you even more. There are insects that are scarier because you can’t see them. And they’re small, and they’re everywhere, and they’re dust mites.
Now, you might think that dust mites are just harmless insects that mattress companies use to scare you into changing beds more frequently. But the fact is, dust mites are very real, and they do a lot more harm than reduce the lifespan of your mattress.
Dust mites live in mattresses, obviously, but they also live in furniture, carpets, cushions, throw pillows, draperies, stuffed animals, and pillows. As many as 3 million of them live in the average queen size mattress, and within 1-2 years, anywhere from 10-25% of the weight of the mattress and pillows are made up of mites, their droppings, eggs and decomposed bodies. And during the night when you toss and turn, or in the morning when you fluff up your sheets and blankets to make the bed, you’re just spreading that around into the air even more.
Dust mites are photo sensitive to light, so they burrow down inside of the areas they live, and then come to the surface to feed. That’s when they drop up to 20 liquid fecal pellets per day, which quickly dry and break down into a fine powder made up of digested skin and partially digested enzyme-covered dust particles.
There are over 15 proteins in their waste that cause allergic reactions to the human breathing system. (Ever wake up with boogers in your eyes, or a sniffly nose? Now you know why.)
As they feed, they re-eat their own feces, which become ten times more toxic with each cycle. Doctors and allergists refer to this as 2nd Stage Droppings, which cause more serious symptoms, such as asthma attacks, respiratory infections, headaches, insomnia and ear infections. As they eat their feces a third or fourth times, it becomes so toxic that it will even kill them, and as they die and decompose, they are even more toxic.
To sum up, here are the health hazards that are a result of dust mites, the silent and unseen threats: headaches, asthma attacks, severe allergies, respiratory infections, insomnia, ear infections, and more.
How to Get Rid of Them
Maybe you’re a clean freak, maybe you’re not, but however often you clean your home, however thoroughly it may be, it’s not enough. In fact, if you’re using the wrong tools, you may be making it worse. Here’s why: as dust mites are pulled into vacuums, they are trapped in a dark, dusty environment, which is where they live and thrive for hundreds of generations, laying their eggs and their feces. This now rotted, toxic, microscopic waste is distributed back out into the air through the pores of the bags and filters… and right back into your lungs. (Psst… that’s where the horrible smell your vacuum makes comes from!)
The standard vacuum with a dry filter won’t cut it. For starters, it won’t be able to suck up all of the dust mites from your mattress, furniture, pillows, etc. because the bags and filters clog very quickly, and once they’re clogged, they’re virtually useless. Secondly, whatever dust mites are sucked up are consequently run through the vacuum’s motor, heated, and stored in a dark space where bacteria will grow, and then are released back into the air through pores and air valves.
That’s why the best and only solution to eliminating dust mites and the harm they’re causing on a daily basis is to use a vacuum with a wet filter. By wet filter, we mean a vacuum that uses water as the filtration system. The reason it works so effectively is because water is non-porous, meaning that there aren’t any holes that can get clogged as the air is passing through the nozzle and sucking up the mites. Plus, because wet dust can’t fly, they’re trapped in the water and can be dumped out and eliminated, without ever re-contaminating the air. We recommend using a Rainbow vacuum, which is the leading wet filter home cleaning system, and can be used to sanitize all surfaces in your home.
Get better peace of mind and improved health by attack the silent and unseen infector: the dust mite.