5 facts you should know about the dust mites in your home
Averaging at just half a millimetre long and living by the millions, it’s not an easy task to track down and eliminate dust mites. Thriving in places like carpets, pillows and bedding, they live by feasting on the dead skin and hair of humans and pets… Not the nicest of thoughts.
Now, whilst these little miniature creepy crawlies may not quite be big enough to cause any visible harm to us, they actually pose quite a serious threat to our lungs and allergies. And with the UK holding some of the highest rates of asthma in Europe, with an average 3 people a day dying from it, dust mites are most certainly something to consider a problem.
A recent study by NUS-SMART discovered that dust mites could cause much more harm to asthmatic patients than previously thought when found in pillows and beds. The bugs can actually damage a person’s DNA, which can worsen lung inflammation and lead to cell death if the DNA is not repaired.