Dust is the arch-nemesis of all households. Dust finds its way into our homes and colonizes without our permission into the carpets, drapes, under the couches and on top of all stationary items. Not only does dust make itself quite at home in our homes, it also attacks our immune systems. People allergic to dust experience constant sneezing, hive outbreaks, and itchy eyes. Children and adults can also develop asthma. It is the ultimate unwanted house guest.
People think dust is this white fluffy looking substance resembling an unraveling cotton ball. However, dust is actually made by microscopic eight legged creatures called dust mites. That white fluffy looking stuff is their fecal droppings and eggs. While the male dust mite dies off after 19 days, it is the mated females that do the most damage. The females can survive more than two months in our homes and during those two months lay 60 to 100 eggs in the last five weeks of her life.
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