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Guess What?

Haven't got a clue? To find out what it is,

It's a dust mite!

Ewww. Dust mites. Could that image be any more disgusting? Millions of these microscopic arachnids are living in your rugs, carpets, curtains, under your bed, in your mattress and in your pillows. Gross, I know.

Dust Mites feed on the dead skin cells that get sloughed from our bodies (and probably cracker crumbs we accidentally spill too). They form colonies (known to us as dust bunnies) where they mate, lay eggs, hatch, grow, eat and poop -- Over and over again. OK, I'm gonna go throw-up now.

Take this as a little reminder to clean up your house this weekend. Even if you're not allergic to dust, wash things that haven't seen soapy water in months. I'm talking about dish towels, duvet covers, tablecloths, blankets and sheets - basically anything made of fabric. You can also get rid of clutter and little messes around your house, since dust mites love to lurk in dark spaces.

Take a wet washcloth and wipe down shelves, stairs, corners, on top of the fridge and wherever else you haven't cleaned in awhile. You'll breathe better (literally and figuratively) knowing the dust mites have been conquered.


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vanessa_j vanessa_j 9 years
umm..yuck.. but thanks, i am now VERY motivated to clean house!
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I suddenly feel this urge to go home and clean my house from floor to ceiling. Maybe I can use the nauseous feeling I got from reading about them to go home sick :P
Wikipedia Wikipedia 9 years
I thought it was a louse.
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
wow i agree with ashenturtle if that's not an motivation i don't know what is
Ashenturtle Ashenturtle 9 years
Thank you for the motivation to clean! GROSS!!
lvgrooves lvgrooves 9 years
Oh man that just creeped/grossed me out.. lol. I feel like I need to clean everything and anything now after seeing that picture. What I dont see dont hurt me. >.< ha.
autumnxrain autumnxrain 9 years
I think I just threw up in my mouth. GROSS.
dcartjunkie dcartjunkie 9 years
That's disgusting. It actually made me sneeze.
Anais18 Anais18 9 years
I'm allergic to dust mites. but it's pretty mild.
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
Im sooooooooooooooo alergic to dust...Im always cleaning. Its ones I cant remove like in the mattresses and inside pillows that drive me nuts. I read that its their poop we bcome allergic to, not the mites themselves. But theyre so disgusting, I agree with mwmsjuly19, I really try not to think about it.
Gwyddion Gwyddion 9 years
These critters are also why it's important to have a good vacuum cleaner (with a bag and an air filter).
FiestyRed36 FiestyRed36 9 years
(stealing from ohnotheydidnt) DO. NOT. WANT. (:
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Oh my gosh, that picture is SOOOO SCARY!!!!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I try not to think about these critters too much. I clean, I pray, I move on.
fls2691 fls2691 9 years
Ew. This makes me want to go shower, and then I am seeing a cleaning spree.
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
:jawdrop: Gross! I just washed all of my bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets) and now I want to go throw it all back in the wash.
Feesje Feesje 9 years
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