Woman sneezing depicting sensitivity to dust mites from high indoor humidity

How Indoor High Humidity Promotes Dust Mite Infestation

A little humidity in the house never hurt anyone. In fact, it’s actually a good and healthy thing, provided levels remain at a reasonable amount. Humidity ensures our skin doesn’t dry up too much and also helps us fight flu virus particles. However, indoor high humidity promotes dust mite infestation, as well as an unknown host of other microorganisms to thrive.

What are dust mites?

Dust mites are tiny microscopic creatures commonly found in the dark, damp areas of your home. They are likely to be found in your beddings, carpets, upholstered furniture, and mattresses.  Dust mites can also flourish in crawl spaces, especially when the fiberglass insulation deteriorates. While they are mostly harmless, these tiny microscopic creatures can drastically affect people’s health, particularly if they have asthma or are sensitive to them.  This is because they tend to release waste products into the air, which can invoke the body to go into high gear. This could mean the onset of an allergic reaction when breathed in for a prolonged time.

What’s the link between humidity and dust mites?

According to one study, the bodies of dust mites are 70-75% water by weight, which must be maintained for them to reproduce. This fact alone is a huge component of why indoor high humidity promotes dust mite colonies to grow. Usually, a female dust mite can lay up to three eggs in a day, and therefore they tend to multiply very fast.

How can I eliminate dust mites?

Due to the inherent link between dust mites and high humidity levels, the easiest and simplest way of preventing a mite infestation is by keeping your home’s humidity levels low.  In particular, we recommend maintaining it below 50% as these pests will desiccate and die. If you live in a high humid area or if your indoor high humidity promotes dust mite at the present time, consider using a dehumidifier and air conditioning. In addition, you should ensure that your crawl space insulation is intact.  Fiberglass insulation or fiberglass batts are the most common crawl space insulation solutions, but they also tend to be susceptible to high humidity.

Still, without one in place, the air quality in your home is likely to deteriorate. If you would like more information on controlling dust mites or need help waterproofing your crawl space or home in general, contact us today at 615-217-1060. Our team of professionals at Barrier Waterproofing Systems will help you bring a new level of comfort to your home.