Dust Mite Information


House Dust Mites are tiny but play havoc with noses, lungs, throat, eyes, and skin of allergy sufferers

The House dust mite is microscopic, up to 0.5mm long and lives for about 10 weeks. A female can lay 2-3 eggs per day. They are invisible to the naked eye. House dust mites are arachnids and are related to ticks and spiders.

Dust Mites live on a diet of mouldy skin scales which we shed daily. They thrive in dark, warm and humid environments, living and breeding in mattresses, blankets, doonas, pillows, under blankets, carpets and fabric-covered furniture. Approximately 80% of asthmatics and a large number (up to 30% of Australians in some areas) are sensitive to house dust mites allergens. 

Up to 2 million house dust mites can live in an average mattress. Each day these dust mites can produce up to 20 faecal pellets. It is proteins within these droppings that are the most common trigger of dust related allergies.

One common misconception is that dust mites bite, this is not the case and the cause is more likely to be bed bugs which can and do bite.

The symptoms of asthma, eczema, rhinitis and other allergic conditions caused by dust mites and its allergens or are greatly reduced by the use of full zip up occlusive covers.

AllergEnd Plus zip up dust mite protective covers are designed to create an efficient barrier between you and the dust mite. AllergEnd Plus covers aim to greatly reduce your exposure to the house dust mite and it's related allergens