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Where does dust come from?

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Dust consists of a variety of particles found in your local environment. This may be from soil, pollen, hair, dead skin, paper fibers, and your pets. Surprising, it could also contain “burnt meteorite particles” also known as meteor dust. Who knew?

Anyways, dust is a combination of all of this stuff and dust mites make their home there. They need proper conditions to thrive and do best in places that are dark, humid and warm.

They also need a food source. Besides water or a humid environment they need dust which exists in every home. It’s impossible to completely rid your home of dust and therefore is not possible to have a dust mite free home. The goal is to minimize dust and therefore dust mites and your allergic reactions to them.

Dust mites are most commonly found in or around bedding, carpets, fibers from clothing or in the air especially after vacuuming or dusting.

Dust with dust mites can be suspended in the air for hours and when you inhale it it leads to the breathing issues.

The good folks at the University of Kentucky Entomology Department have shared this: “Microscopic dust mite particles (especially feces) can remain suspended in the air for hours and be inhaled. To help remove these allergens, HEPA-grade filters can be installed in the central air conditioning and heating system of the home. HEPA filters can also be used within portable air cleaners, placed in bedrooms and other critical areas of the house.”