What is dust and where does it come from?
Dust is made up of many different things. What is found in the dust in your home depends on the type of furniture you have, whether or not you have pets, where you live, and other factors.
A single piece of dust can contain flakes of dead skin from humans, pet dander, parts of fabric and lint, bits of food, pieces of dead cockroaches, even living organisms such as bacteria, fungus, mold spores, and teeny tiny critters called dust mites... ewww!
A scoop of dust weighing as much as a paper clip contains as many as 19,000 dust mites.
What are dust mites?
Dust mites are spider-like creatures that thrive and multiply in warm, moist areas. They prefer places where the temperature is at or above 70 degrees and the humidity reaches 75% to 80%. In the US, dust mite allergies tend to get worse during July and August, when dust mite populations peak because of warmer weather.
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