Dust Mite

The cold and flu viruses are so tiny you need a microscope to see them.

Without warning they can invade your body and make you sick. The threat increases with lack of proper indoor air quality management because these viruses can get trapped in your home and quickly spread.

It doesn't matter how clean you keep your house. You 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 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 and are the perfect breeding ground for dust mites.

These microscopic creatures can also be harmful to your family's health. Dust mites 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

  • Dust mites can also contribute to:
  • Eczema—an inflammation of the skin
  • Rhinitis—an inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes

Aprilaire Can Help You Control Dust Mites for a Healthier, More Comfortable Home

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—one in which dust mites are unable to survive.

"Keep your home’s relative humidity between 30-50% to avoid dust mite infestation."
-The Environmental Protection Agency

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