Don’t spend tonight sleeping on a mattress infested with dust mites!
We spend years on a mattress that is contaminated with dust mite excrement, dead skin flakes, bacteria and mould spores which is ultimately dangerous to our health and the health of our family. It is a scientific fact that exposure to the allergen Guanine found in dust mite excrement is directly responsible for numerous allergic reactions. Asthma is increasing at an alarming rate amongst children and is one of the ailments triggered by the chemical Guanine.
Guanine can cause lifelong allergies.
All mattresses are subject to dust mite infestation. Up to 1 million in the average double mattress. They thrive in an environment that offers perfect conditions for existence. Nice and warm for 8 hours, all the dead skin flakes they can eat, they excrete almost twice their body weight a day. Their microscopic droppings contain guanine which is highly allergic to many people; in fact 80% of asthmatics react to the dust mite.
An average Dust Mite measures 420 µm in length and between 250 to 320 µm in width. They are very tiny creatures, with an average life cycle from 20 to 30 days for male, and up to 10 weeks for female. Each single one produces approximately 2000 fecal particles, and an even larger number of partially digested enzyme-infested dust particles. All these small particles become allergens for itching, mucosal inflammation and bronchitis, sometime even worse allergies, such as Asthma.
Dust mites feed on organic detritus such as flakes of shed human skin. Dust mites survive in almost all climates, and unfortunately, in every home, every mattress and more.
In nature they are killed by micro-predators and/or by exposure to direct sun rays. In our house, dust mites are transported by air currents generated by normal household activities. They thrive in our beds, kitchens and homes in general, preferably where the sun’s rays cannot reach them. They remain in mattresses, carpets, furniture and beddings, because they can climb lower down through the fabric to avoid sun, vacuum cleaners, and other hazards. They can also climb higher up to the surface to search for food. Even in dry climates, dust mites can still survive and reproduce easily in bedding (especially in pillows) thanks to the humidity generated by human breathing and perspiring during the whole night sleep.
One thing is sure that no matter how clean your house looks like, dust mites can always be found.
Dust mite allergens account for 80-90% of allergenic compound found in the home. They are considered to be the most common cause of Asthma and various allergic symptoms worldwide. The House Dust Mites left their partially digested food and their fecal particles, which is one of the most significant sources of allergens, such as Asthma, Rhinitis, Conjunctivitis and Dermatitis. Most of these allergenic compounds are found in the mattresses, as well as from furniture, carpet, and other upholsteries.
The dust mite produces 200 times its body weight in excrement in its lifetime. This excrement firstly adheres to the fabric as small mucous coated balls. Later on, it decomposes to a fine powder like dust. Dust mite excrement contains Guanine, which can cause various allergic reactions and serious health issues to human beings. Dust mite droppings contain Enzymes, which can break down the protective lining of our lungs, nasal passages and eyes if breathed in.
It is a scientific fact that exposure to the allergen Guanine found in dust mite excrement is directly responsible for numerous lifelong allergies. Asthma, triggered by the chemical guanine, is increasing at an alarming rate amongst children. Australian research has revealed that 80% of people with Asthma are allergic to the house dust mite. Allergy to dust mite is the 6th most serious sickness in the world (World Health Organization, 1995), and 25% of all allergies are due to dust mite.
As quick as within 6 months, a brand new mattress will become a host of contaminates. About 90% of dust mites are located in the mattress as that is where their food source exists. No matter how clean your home is, you will be sharing your bed with millions of dust mites, greedily feeding on your shed dead skin. The mattress is without doubt the dirtiest item we come in close contact every day, literally, by spending one-third of our lives sleeping in bed.
The frequent vacuuming as a dust control solution to ease allergic asthmatic conditions is NOT helping, because general vacuums are very “inefficient” in catching dust mites. Only dust can be collected by vacuums, and that results in a significant increase in air borne dust concentrations. Dust mites are much smaller than dust, which requires higher quality filter, such as HEPA filter, to catch them. It is research proved that while most filters remove 50-70% of particles passing through, HEPA filters will remove up to 99% of them.
Even protective bedding has little effect on reducing allergic reactions. Bleaching and strong soaps do not kill dust mites, but only add chemical hazard to people who already suffering from allergies. A thoroughly wash of the beddings and pillows will remove most dust mites in the waste water. Temperatures of over 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) for a period of one hour are usually fatal to dust mites. Freezing may also be fatal to dust mites.
However, it is impossible to wash mattress thoroughly to kill the dust mites in it. The challenge is to find a media can pass through mattress, which can reach the deepest corner where dust mites hide.
We spend one third of our life sleeping on a mattress that is contaminated with dust mite, its excrement, dead skin flakes, bacteria and mold spores which is ultimately dangerous to our health and the health of our family. Yet mattresses remain the biggest source of these contaminates untreated. Warm bodies create the perfect temperature and moisture environment for dust mites. On average, a person sheds about 1.5 grams of skin cells and flakes every day (approximately 0.3-0.45 kg per year), which is enough to feed roughly a million dust mites. Dust mites in mattress can get the moisture they need from human breathing, perspiration, and saliva without any effort.
As part of AllerX® Mattress Cleaning Systems procedure, we can actually let our customers discover how filthy their mattresses are with a simple test.
* The above samples taken from actual mattresses contain dust mites, guanine, fecal matter, mold spores, fungus, bacteria, dead dust mite bodies, and human skin.
So, it is the time to claim our healthy, high-quality, and dust mite free sleep back!
In order to gain relieve from dust mites allergy symptoms, cleaning the mattresses, pillows, furniture and treating the carpeting, curtains, ducts, vents, etc. with a professional procedure throughout the entire home is the only right way to do it. Sanitizing the bedroom should definitely be the first priority, simply because we spend around 1/3 of our life in the bedroom. Main targets including mattress, pillows, and beddings. Clean and sanitize your mattress will make a big difference to the dust mites allergy symptoms. It will impact on controlling allergy and Asthma symptoms, as well as decontaminating the bed of germs, bacteria, viruses, mold spores, bedbugs and more.
Dust mites – The Enemy
No matter how clean your home is you will be sharing your bed with millions of dust mites greedily feeding on your dead skin. The mattress is without doubt the dirtiest item we come in close contact with for 1/3rd of our lives.
Even protective bedding has little effect on reducing allergic reactions when they are the only measure taken.
The dust mite produces 200 times its body weight in excrement during the course of its lifetime. This excrement at first adheres to the fibres in the fabric as small mucous coated balls. Later it decomposes to a fine powder like dust. This mite excrement contains guanine, which can cause an allergic reaction and serious health issues in humans.
There can be up to a million dust mites in one double mattress.
Dust mite droppings contain powerful enzymes, which when breathed in breaks down the protective lining of our lungs, nasal passages and eyes.
Australian research has revealed that 80% of people with asthma are allergic to the house dust mite.
Allergy to dust mites is the 6th most serious sickness in the world (World Health Organisation, 1995)
25% of all allergies are due to dust mites.
Lifespan of 60 – 150 days, during which time the female lays 300 eggs
90% of dust mites are located in the mattress as that is where their food source of dead skin exists.
Dust mites are microscopic, 300 will fit on a match head.