Dust Mite Facts!
Dust Mites

Q. Is it true after one year, the average pillow contains much of its weight in dust mite feces?

A. Studies estimate dust mite waste comprises between 10 and 25% of a pillow's weight after a year or two of use. A study reported in the British Medical Journal in 1996 found that polyester fiber pillows actually contained more grams of fine dust than feather pillows. Ohio State University researchers recommend replacing synthetic fill pillows every two to three years.

Q. What kind of bedding should I buy for a child with allergies?

A. Consult your allergist or health professional for more information, but whatever fibers you choose, be sure to encase the child's mattress, pillow and comforter with a dust-mite resistant cover or encasing and wash bedding frequently.

Q. Does thread count matter when purchasing mite-proof covers?

A. Thread counts above 230 will help form a barrier to allergens. A fabric's pore size should be smaller than 10 microns to resist dust mites.