dust mites

Charlotteans! You have dust mites!

September 20, 2012 by Leave a comment

Do you have house dust mites in your carpet?

Dust mite on head of pin

Dust mite on head of pin
Photo courtesy School of Biological Sciences, UT Austin

That’s a trick question…yes, you do and so does everyone else! Dust mites live off of things like flakes of shed human skin and thus they live where people do.1 The American house dust mite (Dermatophagoides farinae) and its close cousin, the European house dust mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) is an arachnid (kin to spiders and ticks) and is found throughout homes not only in the US, but throughout the world—and beyond! Traces of house dust mites were even found on the Mir Space Station!2

Continue reading...
Published in Carpet Cleaning