Dust Mite

Dust Mites are so tiny you need a microscope to see them.

It doesn't matter how clean you keep your house. You can still have dust mites. They live in the fine layer of dust that continually floats through the air in your home and settles on household items. Up to 500 dust mites can be found in ust a single gram of house dust!

At only .5 mm in length, a dust mite is nearly impossible to see. But they are there—congregating in areas such as:

  • Pillows and linens

  • Beds and upholstered furniture

  • Window coverings

  • Carpets and rugs

Dust mites occupy these areas in search of food sources, including:

Homes with high humidity encourage the growth of many of these food sources. 

These microscopic creatures can also be harmful to your family's health. They have long been associated with allergies, and they are among the most common triggers of asthma.

"As many as 10 percent of the general population and 90 percent of people with allergic asthma are sensitive to dust mites. Recent studies in the United States suggest that at least 45 percent of young people with asthma are allergic to dust mites."

-American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Conditions from dust mites:

  • Eczema—an inflammation of the skin

  • Rhinitis—an inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes

Aprilaire Can Help You Get Rid of Dust Mites

Aprilaire can provide your family with whole-home indoor air quality solutions that can help reduce dust mites, along with their preferred habitat and food sources, making your home healthier—and more comfortable.

Our whole-home dehumidifiers can help you maintain the perfect level of moisture.

"Keep your home’s relative humidity between 30-50% to avoid an infestation."

-The Environmental Protection Agency

And our air purifiers can remove up to 94% of respirable dust.