dangers of having dust mites in your home-Dust Mites cleaning in Brooklyn NY

Green Choice Carpet Cleaning of Brooklyn wants you to be informed about the importance of having professional cleanings regularly.

As a company that specializes in area rug cleaning and repair, wall to wall carpeting, mattress and upholstery cleaning in Brooklyn our technicians have encountered numerous of different cleaning situations.

Today I will tell you the dangers of having dust mites in your home.

What Are Dust Mites

The house dust mite is a cosmopolitan pyroglyphidae that lives in human habitation. Dust mites or HDM for short feed on dead skin cells left from our bodies and other organic matter.

They live in upholstery, mattresses, bedding sheets and pillows, area rugs and carpeting. House dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms all over the world because of a digestive enzyme that is found in their gut.

The enzyme name is proteases and it is found in the dust mites’ feces which when in contact with a human being causes allergic symptoms such as wheezing. Dust mites also leave behind exoskeletons which are also a cause for allergic reactions.


House dust mites are barely visible to the unaided eye because of their translucent bodies and their very small size.

The size of a house dust mite is 0.010 – 0.012 inches in length. In order to be seen or detected other than the allergic symptoms they cause one must use at least 10 x magnification.

The body of the house dust mite has a striated cuticle.

Habitat, Food and Life Cycle

Dust mites survive in all types of climates in even in high altitude. They live in indoor environment provided by homes, mainly in bedrooms and kitchens.

As I mentioned above they live in mattresses and carpeting, especially in pillows since they take up bodily moistures.

House dust mites feed on particles of organic matter left from our bodies like dead skin cells.

They have a simple gut and no stomach but rather diverticulae, which are sacs or pouches that divert out from hollow organs.

Like many decomposer animals, they select food that has been already partially decomposed by fungi. The average life cycle for a male dust mite is between 12 to 19 days.

A mated female dust mite can last up to 70 days, laying 60 to 100 eggs in the last 5 weeks of her life.

In a 10-week life span, a house dust mite will produce approximately 2,000 fecal particles and even larger number of partially digested enzyme-covered dust particles.

This is the main cause of most asthma and allergic symptoms.

What We Recommend

We ate Green Choice Carpet of Brooklyn are sure you do not want to share your pillows or mattress with these invaders.

We have encountered many cases like this in the Brooklyn area and we have been successful in resolving the problem for our clients.

The key to getting rid of house dust mites is to have professional cleanings done regularly. In between cleaning we recommend you vacuum regularly your carpeting and area rugs as well as your mattress.

If you are not sure what to do and you notice you asthma and allergy symptoms have worsened lately it is time to call us.

We at Green Choice Carpet Cleaning of Brooklyn are ready to go into battle in order to ensure you a good night sleep and alleviate your asthma and allergy symptoms.