||Off White - Tan
||1/75th of an inch
||Found throughout U.S.
House dust mites have received much attention in the early 1990s
and again recently. The house dust mite is nearly impossible to see
without magnification and is named for the fact that they feed on
dead skin shed by humans as well as other protein materials.
House dust mites feed on dander (dead skin which is shed) from
humans and animals. They may also feed on protein based foodstuffs,
preferring dried products over products with moisture. Females lay
up to 80 eggs and there are several stages of immatures.
Populations can explode during humid months as mites are excellent
at absorbing moisture from the air.
The most common area for finding mites is in the bed due to
abundance of dander. House dust mites may also be found in living
areas especially carpet, furniture, and clothing. Several home test
kits are available to test for dust mites.
People may be allergic to house dust mite cast skins and
droppings. These reactions will not be a rash type of reaction but
rather a respiratory constriction, a common symptom of asthma.
Itchy, watery eyes may also be symptoms. Approximately 50-80% of
asthmatics may have symptoms due to house dust mites.