House Dust Mite

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Dust mite (Photo credit: welcome images)

Sometimes referred to by allergists as HDM, the house dust mite is a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms, worldwide. Typical symptoms of house dust mite allergies include itchiness, sneezing, inflamed or infected eczema, watering/reddening eyes, or sneezing repeatedly and frequently.

The body of a house dust mite can be seen, when it is up against a dark background, in normal light. Both the male and female adult house dust mites are creamy blue in color, have a rectangular shape and eight legs. Pest management and Health officials warn that because this common pest control problem can reproduce so quickly, their effect on human health is often significant.

The house dust mite can be found in all climates, even at high altitudes. Consistently thriving in homes, specifically in bedrooms and kitchens, this species of mite survives well in mattresses, carpets, furniture and bedding. Even in dry climates, the house dust mite can easily survive and reproduce, by deriving moisture from the humidity; present in the air.

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