How Many Dust Mites Live In the Average Bed

If you have landed on this page you are obviously curious about how many dust mites may be living in your bed and you may be suffering from allergies or asthma as a result of these common little pests..


The thought of little spider like creatures crawling all over you while you are sleeping is probably not a comforting thought and most of us feel the same way. We spend as much as 1/3 of our lives in bed and we share this space with dust mites. Your bed is the dust mites home and you are their food source. Your mattress is where they live, eat, lay their eggs, deposited their fecal matter and it’s also where they die and decay.

How many dust mites in bed

Beds are one of the prime environments for dust mites to live and flourish. A mattress can have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites living in it. One of the things that makes a mattress a beneficial environment for dust mites is the warmth and high humidity provided by us when we are sleeping. One of a dust mites favorite foods is dander from humans and our pets. Dander nothing more than skin flakes which we shed continuously as we go about our lives. Every year the weight of a mattress increases due to dust mite waste and dead mites.

Dust mites and pillows

Pillows are another favorite place for mites to live. It is estimated that 10% of the total weight of a two year old pillow is a combination of dead dust mites and their waste. This is significant for those of us how suffer from allergies and asthma.

What you can do to remove dust mites from your bedroom and the rest of your home

It is very unlikely that you will be able to totally rid your bed or your house of dust mites. What you can do is try to control their populations by using dust mite proof bedding such as a mattress cover and mite proof pillow cover and utilizing other strategies to reduce their numbers. In this way you will be able to coexist with them and reduce or eliminate any allergic effects they may have on you.

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