Frequently Asked Questions about Dust mites

This FAQ contains a list of commonly asked questions about dust mites and answers them to them. We are always constantly upgrading this list to better serve our web visitors.

    What are dust mites?
    Dust mites are tiny arachnids that feed mostly on dead skin cells. Dust mites must also be viewed under a microscope because they're too small to be seen with the naked eye.

    What is the lifespan of a dust mite?
    A dust mite's average lifespan is 20 to 30 days.

    What do dust mites eat?
    Dust mites mostly feed on dead skin found inside of dust, on furniture, bedcovers, and clothes.

    Do dust mites pose any health problems?
    Dust mites feces can cause respiratory problems such as wheezing, and new research suggests that there is a link between dust mites.

    What magnification is required to see dust mites?
    Since dust mites can't be seen with the naked eye, they must be viewed under a microscope with 10x magnification.

    What do dust mites look like?
    They're creamy white, globular shaped, and have eight legs.

    What is the scientific name for dust mites?
    Dermatophagoides farinae.

    What environment and climate do dust mites thrive in?
    Dust mites thrive in an area where it's about 77 degrees fahrenheit, and the relative humidity is 75 percent. Their ideal choice for a habitat are fully-carpeted rooms.

    Will boric acid kill dust mites?
    Introducing boric acid to your carpet may kill the dust mites, but will leave by a residue that is an irritant for humans and pets.

    How many dust mites are in a typical bed?
    It does not long for dust mites to take long (about 6 months) to make a new bed matress their habitat; there can be as many as 100,000 to 10,000,000 dust mites living in your bed.