Mattresses are home to large amounts of dust mites

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Mattresses are home to large amounts of dust mites

by Jarah Cotton, Staff Writer

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Mattresses gain weight over time due to the relatively rapid accumulation of dead skin cells, dust mites, oil, and moisture.

Our bodies naturally secrete and excrete skin cells, oil, and moisture as we sleep at night, and these substances are absorbed by the mattresses we sleep on. Dust mites feed on skin cells and prefer to live in warm, moist environments, which is what attracts them to our mattresses.

Materials published by Ohio State University indicate that a typical used mattress is home to 100,000 to 10 million dust mites. 10 percent of a two-year -old pillow’s  weight can be attributed to mites and their droppings.

 

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