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Dust Mites, Bed Bugs and Allergies

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. 

Blocking bed bug bites

Blocking bed bug bites

Given that my company produces allergen-barrier fabrics for bedding, we continue to get questions about fabrics which are effective in blocking bed bugs. Such fabrics are used in pillow and mattress encasements, to block the passage of bed bugs – and their bites! 

What is in your pillow?

What is in your pillow?

In one of the Peanuts comic strips, Linus embraces his security blanket after rescuing it from the trash, and says "Are you all right, ol' buddy?" To many people, their pillows are like security blankets. I even see people dragging their pillows through the airport. Pillows are personal – fulfilling very personal needs and comforts.
However, Linus and his followers may want to loosen the tight embrace on their favorite security blanket. It is not always healthy. 

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