Dust mites and dust allergy symptoms mostly occur in homes with higher humidity levels. More than one in five New Zealand homes are damp at least some of the time, making dust mite allergy symptoms a common problem for Kiwis.
Warm climates isn’t the only contributing factor. As Letitia Harding, Chief Executive of the Asthma Respiratory Foundation NZ explains.
“In addition to the climate, areas at home where we sweat, breathe and share our body heat are perfect homes for mites. Sofas, mattresses, pet beds, curtains and other soft furnishings are fertile ground for dust mites, particularly in their breeding season where they take up residence and feed on pet dander (flakes of skin in an animal's fur or hair)."
To find out more about what causes dust mites and how Dyson’s vacuum and air purifier technology can eliminate and prevent dust mites, read on.
Dyson’s research into house mites
Dyson’s pioneering home health technology is developed through a commitment to science. Recently, Dyson looked into house mites around New Zealand – collecting dust samples from real homes around the country.
In one home with a young child and pet dog, a high concentration of dust mites per gram of mattress dust was found. In another home with a pet dog, dust mites were found across mattresses and floors along with human and pet dander, which is what causes dust mites to remain.
House mites are attracted in part by inhabitants, but the general climate and behaviours of homes in New Zealand create great breeding conditions.
“House dust mites thrive in warm, damp and dark conditions, particularly where humidity levels are around 70 per cent and temperatures rise above 25 degrees Celsius. The conditions mean that most of New Zealand, and Auckland in particular, are a perfect environment for dust mites to flourish” says Letitia.