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The Bed Bugs Are Biting (They Are Called Dust Mites) – So How Can You Sleep Tight?

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

“Sleep tight & don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

While this common bedtime sentiment has a nice ring to it, it also bears some truth. The “bed bugs” referenced here are actually dust mites, and like it or not, they are living in your mattress! In fact, the average mattress can contain thousands – or even millions – of these microscopic critters, and while they are for the most part harmless, there are some potential problems that dust mites can cause.

What are dust mites?

Dust mites are tiny bugs that consume the dead skin cells left behind by humans and in pet dander, and the two most common places for dust mites to be found are in mattresses and carpet. The mites thrive in warm, moist areas, which is why mattresses are a harboring ground for dust mites.

Are dust mites harmful?

In most cases, dust mites are not directly harmful. However, many people suffer from allergic reactions to dust mites and their feces, which can make sleeping on a dust mite-infested mattress miserable. Those who are effected by dust mite allergies often report sneezing, wheezing, itching, watery eyes, and other respiratory problems. For this, we offer the BugLock 3-sided zipper system and ALLER-ZIP bed cover seal for complete protection against allergens, dust mites and bed bugs. This product is bug entry,escape and bite proof.

Dust mites can also cause problems for individuals with asthma. A visit to a doctor who specializes in the identification and treatment of allergies can diagnose a dust mite allergy. Dust mites are also to blame for many cases of eczema.

How are dust mites treated?

The best treatment against dust mites in your mattress is to use a mattress protector regardless of whether or not you have been diagnosed with an allergy to dust mites. Perhaps the best known mattress protector is the Protect-a-Bed.

Protect-a-Bed is a thin mattress protector designed to prevent dust mites from breeding in your mattress. The protector is waterproof, and also helps maintain a comfortable temperature on your bed, which leads to more sound sleep. Protect-a-Bed also helps prevent stains.

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