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Where do dust mites live?

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Dust mites are everywhere -- anywhere there are people or animals, warm temperatures, and high humidity. They like to be indoors, where they can get plenty of food like mold spores and dead skin cells from people and pets.

Dust mites settle down in carpet, draperies, stuffed animals, and upholstered furniture. Mattresses, pillows, and soft bedding are favorite hangouts.

SOURCES:

Aerias Air Quality Sciences IAQ Resource Center: "Dust Mites: The Unwanted Houseguest." 

Halken S, , January 2003. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture: "House Dust Mites."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Dust Mites."

Consumer Reports: "How to Clean a Mattress (and Why)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Aerias Air Quality Sciences IAQ Resource Center: "Dust Mites: The Unwanted Houseguest." 

Halken S, , January 2003. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture: "House Dust Mites."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Dust Mites."

Consumer Reports: "How to Clean a Mattress (and Why)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

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