Dust Mites, Bed Bugs and Allergies
If you already have dust allergies, you are well aware of DUST MITES – those microscopic bugs that live on dead skin cells shed by you and your pets. They don’t carry disease, but many people are allergic to their feces. Dust mites are only visible with a microscope. In the photomicrograph below, you can see a dust mite trying to get through our Pristine® allergen barrier fabric. He can’t do it. And that’s a good thing. Dust mites, it seems, have two missions in life: procreation and defecation. A typical mattress contains tens of thousands of dust mites. And a single dust mite can produce 20 waste droppings each day, each containing a protein which can cause various miseries from itchy eyes to asthma attacks. Consider that ten percent of the weight of a two-year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their waste. Just thinking about this always makes me itch. There is a solution. Just keep reading.
Another tiny pest of the bedding underworld, BED BUGS are getting a lot of very bad press lately! It seems as if everyone is trying to get rid of them … from hotel owners to politicians. And, like dust mites, we should build our defenses against bed bugs. Seen in the photo below, bed bugs are small, flat, wingless insects with six legs that, like mosquitoes, feed on blood from animals or people. They range in color from almost white to brown, but turn rusty red after feeding. The common bed bug doesn't grow much longer than 0.2 inches and can be seen by the naked eye if you look closely. Bed bugs get their name because they like to hide in bedding and mattresses. They usually hide during the day and are active at night when they feed. They can live for 10 months, and can go weeks without feeding.
The problem with bed bugs is that, when they’re out looking for blood, they can bite while you are asleep, without waking you. They usually leave a straight line of bites on your skin, as shown in the photo below. I’m still itching as I type this, so let’s get on with the solution.
There is a therapeutic-bedding remedy for dust mites and bed bugs: pillow and mattress encasements made of tightly-woven fabrics. Pristine® fabrics are designed for this exact purpose – blocking these critters in your bedding and pillows.
Many pillow and mattress covers are made of vinyl or coated fabrics. This makes them noisy and uncomfortable, since air and moisture vapor can’t pass through them. As a better solution, Pristine® is a tightly woven fabric which forms a barrier to dust, dust mites, bedbugs and allergens, while allowing air and moisture vapor to pass through. That’s where the science comes in. In tests carried out in a major university medical school, we found the precise fabric pore size which maximizes the air and moisture vapor – for comfort – while still blocking dust, dust mites and bed bugs – for protection. The technology is so revolutionary that we were awarded two US patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 6,277,770 & 7,290,381).
Yes, they can make you itch just thinking about dust mites and bed bugs. But there are therapeutic solutions for a better night’s sleep … pillow and mattress encasements made of tightly woven fabrics.