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Dust Mites

More people are allergic to dust mites than anything else. Learn how to protect yourself.

  • Dust Mite Treatments

    Dust Mites Treatments and Products for Your Home

    Are Dust Mites Causing My Allergy Symptoms?

    The short answer is...quite possibly. Remember that dust mites are microscopic organisms that love warm, humid and fibrous environments where there is plenty of food (they primarily eat our shed, dead skin cells and other organic matter like mold spores). Although they avoid human contact, dust mites rapidly produce a waste product that is easily inhaled, causing airways to become hyper-responsive in mite-sensitive individuals. Regardless of how well you clean, dust mites are simply a part of the environment, and therefore extremely prevalent in nearly all homes. Continue reading

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  • Dust Mite Proof Covers

    What Are Mite Proof Encasings?

    Mite-Proof Cover Education

    The question is often asked, "Can I protect myself and my family from developing asthma and allergies?" The answer is Yes! Medical studies now show that families can help prevent allergies and asthma from developing in their children by removing mite allergen from the home environment during the child's first year of life. The microscopic dust mites, proven causes of allergic symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling, and swollen, itchy nose and eyes, are alive and well in most every bedroom, regardless of how fastidiously you clean. Allergy specialists and medical studies state that using zippered mattress covers on your mattress, pillows & box spring will stop dust mite allergen in your bedding from becoming airborne and breathed in while you sleep. Unlike the uncomfortable plastic covers of the past that were hot and crinkly, ours are cool and extremely comfortable - a real pleasure to sleep on. Like an invisible shield, they completely trap mites and their allergen inside the cover to give you the perfect barrier of protection while extending the life of pillows and mattresses. Today's covers are made of soft, comfortable, breathable fabrics that protect you and pamper you, too! Continue reading

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  • About Dust Mites

    Facts About Dust Mites and Dust Mite Encasings

    march05_mite (1)Dust mites are microscopic organisms closely related to spiders and ticks. Dust mites thrive in the warm, humid, dark conditions inside of the fibrous materials that fill our homes: bedding, upholstered furniture, carpet, stuffed toys and old clothing. Dust mites are scavengers that feed primarily on the dead skin that falls off the bodies of humans and animals. So, it's no wonder that they crowd around the places where we spend most of our time. It's not actually the dust mites that cause the sneezing, coughing, runny noses, stuffy noses, and the congestion that plagues 20 million Americans. It's their even smaller waste particles. While the dust mites are feasting on dead skin cells deep inside our pillows, mattresses, and carpet, the things we do everyday like walking across the room, turning over in bed, and vacuuming stir up dust mites' tiny waste particles for us to breathe. That's why it's important to cover your mattress and pillows with dust mite encasings with pore sizes in the range of 2 to 10 microns. Encasings with larger pore sizes may let dust mite allergen or dust mites themselves through, and encasings made with vinyl may not allow heat and moisture to escape easily. All of the encasings offered by National Allergy have a mean pore size within the recommended range of 2 to 10 microns. Additionally, all Independent tests of pore size by PMI, Inc. show that BedCare™ mattress and pillow encasings can also be used for bed bug protection*. Independent test data proved bed bugs and their eggs could not get through our fabrics or zippers. Continue reading

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